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Inside the Design Studio | Celina Villarreal of Margarita Mercantile

We are so excited for you to get to know Celina Villarreal, founder of Margarita Mercantile! Not only is she the sweetest but her clothes are stunning, and did you know they are all handmade with love by artisans in Mexico?! If you want to see for yourself then join us for our Margarita Mercantile Trunk Show at our Boutique on Wednesday, March 10th from 10 AM - 4 PM. We can't wait to see you!




When Celina started Margarita Mercantile it was because she loved her Mexican heritage, culture and wanted to share it with Houston.

A client wearing Margarita Mercantile

Celina's Story...
When I was a child growing up in Mexico, my dad bought me a small table and some chairs. Unlike most little girls, I didn’t want to play tea time with imaginary friends, instead I ran my own little candy store and used the table as a display to sell my products to my dad’s business partners and customers.

The table and chair gave me a front row view on how to run a thriving, successful business and inspired a little girl to dream big.

Now as an adult living in America, I find I am nostalgic for the sights, sounds, and smells of Mexico.

I fondly recall the vivid colors of flowers while walking through the park. The sounds of mariachi music playing in streets during Mexico’s Independence Day and the women dancing in their intricately designed and vibrant costumes.

I launched Margarita Mercantile to realize my childhood dreams, follow in the footsteps of my father and share my memories of Mexico with you.

How it's made...Skilled artisans once made the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the furniture in our homes – our belongings were imbued with value and made to last. We created Margarita Mercantile to do our small part to keep that tradition alive and bring handcrafted value to customers.

Our pieces are made by multigenerational communities in Mexico where making items by hand is a necessity. Margarita Mercantile connects this community and their cultural traditions to our customers. I understand that one size / style doesn’t fit all, so we offer alterations and custom designs. we can personalize your piece by customizing the sleeves, the length, adding embroidery and crochet.

As a way to give back to the community our portion of our profits are donated to an orphanage that supports 45 kids and teenagers in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Get to Know Celina...

What is your most used emoji? 

😊 happy face and applauses


What was the worst haircut you ever had? 

Short hair when I was in high school



Who was your childhood actor/actress crush? 

Tom Cruise



What’s the most embarrassing fashion trend you used to rock? 

The ponytail with lots of Aquanet spray


You have your own late-night talk show, whom do you invite as your first guest?

Alondra de la Parra, she is a Mexican conductor and a cultural ambassador.

Alondra de la Parra - Mexican Conductor


If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be, who would play you?Romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock



You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick? 

Happy – Pharrell Williams



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? 

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command  the attention of the world – George Washington Carver - Quotes 

When you die, what do you want to be remembered for? 

Cooking for family and friends. Supporting people in need.


 What would the title of your autobiography be? 

Dance Along with Celina




 What was the worst job you ever had? 

Being an intern in a Mexican government office.


 Which band/artist-dead or alive would play at your funeral? 

Andrea Bocelli


What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled that feels like home and is not where you currently live? 

Madrid, Spain

 What can other cities learn from Madrid Central's mistakes

 What’s one thing we don’t know about you? 

I have a Law Degree and 2 Masters

 If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why? 

George Clooney in Ocean Elevens. Don't think that needs an explanation!


 What is your favorite curse word? 


What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 

To be a chef

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Being around my family celebrating someone’s birthday. 

What is your greatest fear? 




2 Responses



March 11, 2021

Thank you

Andrea Bonner

Andrea Bonner

March 11, 2021

What a great piece on Celina. I enjoyed learning more about her and her company. I remember these dresses when I was younger and would love to have this more modern version.

Thank you for sharing!

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