Hi. My name is Patricia.

I’ve been working behind the scenes in luxury and fashion retail for over 20 years. In the last 10 years, I’ve been the head of retail and then head of communications for Iguatemi, a luxury real estate and retail powerhouse in Brazil that, for over 50 years, has been a world leader in luxury hospitality and experience retail. I have also had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Goyard and Lanvin, and to work for companies like Tiffany & Co., ABC Carpet and Home, and Polo Ralph Lauren. I learned so much about luxury, fashion and retail from these incredible brands, I will be forever grateful for these experiences.

While working in this industry, I learned that even though 75% of fashion customers are women, only 14% of major fashion brands are actually led by women. That bothered me to no end, and for a long time all I did was complain about it. But I got tired of feeling powerless. I am a very practical person, so acting from the simple  premise that money is power, I thought one of the most effective ways to tackle gender inequality would be to funnel as much money as possible in the hands of women. So I decided to start Matriark.

I started calling women owned brands that I loved and admired, and quickly learned that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to do this. These amazing women started to introduce me to other incredible women, and before we knew it, we had gathered this exciting community of designers, makers, artists, thinkers, movers and shakers. I had just moved to Sag Harbor, and didn't know exactly how I was going to make this happen, until I stumbled upon this incredible Victorian House in the heart of Sag Harbor with a real estate sign on its front lawn. I just knew I had found the perfect place for Matriark. We rushed to open our store in May 2019, and it was an instant hit.

But Matriark is much more than a store. We are a platform that showcases these incredible brands, supports women-focused charities, and also a space where  people of all genders gather to learn from each other, to support women and to nurture their busy multi dimensional lives. I am so excited to continue this work, to grow Matriark into its full potential, and to send as much money as possible to women.

Thanks for visiting Matriark - let's join forces and make the world a more equitable place!