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Clementina Martinez-Masarweh

Circular Fashion Designer, DNA Sustainable Threds

Clementina Martinez-Masarweh is an innovative Mexican-American circular fashion designer, artist and award-winning filmmaker. Growing up in a migrant camp she understands the challenges faced by marginalized communities. Attending Cesar Chavez meetings with her parents ignited her passion for activism and social change.

With more than 20 years in the fashion industry, Clementina began as a patternmaker for iconic artists like Prince, Janet Jackson, shifting to fast fashion before transitioning to sustainability due to the environmental impacts of fast fashion. Her startup, DNA Sustainable Threds is on runways nationally and internationally specializing in upcycled designs using deadstock fabrics and secondhand items. Clementina designs and styles for her clientele who are filmmakers, musicians, and environmental public speakers.

Her zero waste art has exhibited at the popular Drawing Room Art Gallery in San Francisco, and her films, “Upcyclers” and “Vida Vert” have received awards at esteemed national and international film festivals. Additionally, Clementina volunteers her time and serves on boards dedicated to sustainability.

As a sought-after keynote speaker, she contributes her voice to environmental events with Earth Day Summit, Fashion Revolution USA, ReMake, and Slow Fashion Movement. Her activism supported the passage of the SB62 Bill through the Garment Workers Center in Los Angeles.

Clementina’s work raises awareness of textile landfill waste, indigenous rights, food insecurities, diversity and inclusion, and plastic pollution.

She continues to seek partners and funders for her fashion and film projects along with integrating technology into her businesses.

Clementina's passion lies in creating a more sustainable and inclusive world.