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Meet the Team

Made for you, by us.

Founder

Hanna Baror-Padilla

I design each collection, source fabric, do all the marketing, and handle the business side of things to make sure we keep running smoothly. 

My favorite part of the job is photoshoots. The days leading up to it are so stressful, but the day of is stress-free. I LOVE seeing our new designs come to life. 

My favorite garment is the Lena Pant. I wear the Lenas almost everyday. Can’t go wrong with a high-waisted wide leg pant. 

Something you wouldn’t know by looking at me is that I used to a competitive Peruvian Folklore dancer. 

Garment Sewist

Sonia Cortez

I sew every Sotela garment and assist with cutting and pattern-making. 

My favorite part of the job is working with patterns. I like making edits to the patterns and getting that perfect fit. 

My favorite Sotela garment is the Oasis Midi dress. I think it’s the most beautiful and comfortable garment. 

Something you wouldn’t know by looking at me is I’m Sotela’s handywoman. We’ve had to learn a lot around here like fixing our fabric cutter and toilet!

Fabric and Pattern Cutter

Diana Olguin

My favorite part of the job is that I feel like I’m contributing to positive sustainable change and creating inclusive garments. 

My favorite Sotela garment is also the Lena pant! It’s a year-round design that can be worn all day everyday.

Something you wouldn’t know by looking at me is that I’m trilingual and can speak spanish, english and italian. 

Customer Service

Jackie Schwitter

My favorite part of the job is getting to know our customers. I love chatting with you about where you plan to wear your Sotela garments and how they fit into special trips or occasions. 

My favorite Sotela garment is the Oasis dress. It’s the perfect dress, comfortable, gorgeous and makes me feel like I’m floating. 

Something you wouldn’t know by looking at me is that I played soccer for over 20 years and even played Division 1 collegiate rugby.

Now that you know the face behind the email, the name of the person who stitched your garment, and the hands that packaged your order; please reach out with any question, needed fit advice, or just to say hi. We are here for you.