Inspired by her childhood in Mexico, Carolina Hernandez was destined to become a designer with a purpose. After watching her Mother and Grandmothers sew and create garments, Carolina was fascinated by the process and decided to join in the family tradition, which led her to Los Angeles, California with the desire to attend fashion design school.
However, in 2005 Carolina decided to give back to the country that had given her a life changing opportunity. Therefore, she joined the U.S. Navy and served on board USS Pearl Harbor where she deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism 2005, Partnership of the Americas 2007, conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf 2008. After her active duty service, she joined the Navy reserves and mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2012.
In 2014, Carolina earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of California San Diego where she received a scholarship during the 6th annual fashion show competition attaining the most creative award. Because of her diverse background, Carolina decided to incorporate her military experiences with her first passion, design. For this reason, she created the brand Veteran Couture founded in 2015. In her masterpieces you will see vibrant colors, various textures, unique hand sewn embellishments, and the incorporation of fabric manipulation techniques that she describes as wearable art.
Considering the American dream often requires patience, hard work, dedication and team work, Carolina devotes some of her time serving the community collaborating with veteran non-profit organizations. She participated in The Women Veterans Leadership Program with The Mission Continues amongst women leaders nationwide where she received a personalized letter from The Duke of Sussex for her commitment to this country.
Currently, she continues developing new designs as well as volunteering with Veterans Stand Together managing their social media platforms and serving as an ambassador for Bunker Labs/We Work, assisting veteran entrepreneurs with business related resources.