About Zero + Maria Cornejo
Zero + Maria Cornejo opened in 1998 as a purely retail concept when, prompted by a desire to re-connect with the core of her ideas about design, cutting and garment construction, Chilean-born designer Maria Cornejo transformed a raw space in New York’s Nolita into a very personal store and atelier named Zero.
The name was an expression of a pure vision: a number that neither adds nor subtracts; it is, rather, a point of departure. Spare, modern, architectural, minimal, feminine, and unpretentious are all words that have been used to describe Maria Cornejo’s work for Zero and each season she reaches into her own international experience (having lived and worked in London, Paris and now New York) to develop a collection that is unexpectedly simple yet based on sophisticated cuts and angles. Using volume and circular shapes as a starting point; garments are often draped and cut from one piece of fabric. A subtle evolution process, Maria continually develops her techniques from one season to the next to create dynamic and intelligent clothing for women. Aside from women’s ready-to-wear, Zero + Maria Cornejo’s growing product categories include handbags, accessories; and now shoes and boots in collaboration with Eileen Shields.
In 2005, Maria partnered with long-time friend and colleague Marysia Woroniecka to form a new company to expand the Zero brand and in May of 2006 they opened a second directly operated store in New York’s Meatpacking District. The collection is now also available at more than 50 of the best stores worldwide – including Barneys New York, Ikram Chicago, Dover Street Market London, Tsum Moscow, Space Mue Seoul, Joyce Boutique Hong Kong and Villa Moda Dubai.
In 2008 Zero + Maria Cornejo proudly celebrates its 10th anniversary year with the inauguration of a new store and atelier at 33 Bleecker Street, New York. Maria Cornejo takes this significant anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on the past ten years to reinvent signature design elements in a commemorative collection as part of Resort 2008 Collection.
Maria Cornejo was honored as a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award Winner in 2006.