Born and brought up in the small town of Beeville, Texas, fashion designer Urbana Chappa wanted nothing more than to showcase the uniqueness of her style and personality to the world. Her apparel line Maison de Urbana was a direct result of her desire to empower women to voice their individuality through fashion. As a multi-cultural person of Persian/Spanish parentage Urbana is focused on bringing the richness of her cultures into all of her designs for Maison de Urbana.
Urbana attended Texas A&M and ventured to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a singer. She toured with Rah Digga as a back-up vocalist, which also gave her the opportunity to dabble in costume designing. Urbana has styled numerous artists such as Diane Warren, Natasha Henstridge and Philip Lawrence, just to name a few. She learned early in her career that people are particular when it comes to their style, therefore Maison de Urbana creates custom pieces that adhere to each client’s individual needs and personality.
After a year at FIDM she started her runway collection Maison de Urbana and completed it in 6 months. The collection debuted in New York Fashion Week, February 2013 at Metropolitan Pavilion under the production of Mike Vensel from Project Runway. Directly after that, she showcased the collection at Gower Studios in Los Angeles, March 2013. Since then she has been invited to showcase in Paris and Dubai, and even compete on Project Runway.
Urbana is a loving wife and mother to four adorable children. After years of her and her family trying to adapt to a healthier lifestyle, Urbana decided to start Maison de Mini, an eco-friendly children’s fashion line. Maison de Mini, which is created from bamboo, soy, and hemp, is a colorful active wear line that can be paired with your favorite children’s brands to create a unique individual style. Urbana is an advocate for childhood cancer awareness and giving back to many children causes. All of the extra fabric from the collection will be made into children’s socks,
underwear, shorts, shirts, and so on and will be donated to various homeless shelters or orphanages. Also a percentage of the profits will go to a charity that Urbana is in the works of creating, aimed at keeping our kids clothed. Her dream is to have a positive impact on the lives of less fortunate children around world through fashion. Through Maison de Mini, she is well on her way to seeing that dream come to fruition.