ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Celebrated for the ability to transform events from the ordinary to extraordinary, Ovando is one of NY’s premiere event design companies. Offering beautiful solutions for a range of projects for a high-end clientele, Ovando is a creative studio that combines the sensibilities of the visual art with the multi-media disciplines of event decor, floral, visual merchandising and stage craft. Our vast network of industry contacts together with our strong culture, unsurpassed customer service and visionary design team led by Founder & Creative Director Sandra de Ovando, are the cornerstones of our success.

SANDRA'S BIO

Sandra_WEBUnquestionably so, Sandra de Ovando was fated to become an influential force in New York’s design milieu. Born in Mexico City to Spanish and Russian parents, Sandra fell in love with nature, flowers and bold colors at a very young age when she spent countless weekends gardening with her mother. “I was fascinated with the intrinsic beauty of flowers and loved to spend hours mismatching different colors, shapes and blossoms,” she remembers. Later, in her travels throughout Europe and Asia, Sandra discovered exotic flowers, plants and fruits that she began incorporating into her designs, there the signature style was born that today defines Ovando’s dynamic compositions and custom installations.

Intent on indulging her bright passion for design, Sandra moved to New York and launched into several successful entrepreneurial ventures in the design industry. In 2003, she opened Ovando’s West Village luxury boutique, marking the culmination of Sandra’s life journeys and artful expertise. The space was accredited for its distinctive décor and brilliantly crafted window installations, and Sandra’s dramatic compositions, recognized for their love of color and natural sophistication, quickly became the favorite of New York’s elite, including celebrities, high-end restaurants, fashion houses and luxury hotels.

Today, after sizable expansion, including the opening of a 2,500 square foot production studio, a second boutique on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the release of a luxury candle collection, Recuerdos de Mexico (Memories of Mexico), and the launch of a dedicated event production wing, Ovando has blossomed into one of New York’s most sought after floral design and event production firms. Under Sandra’s direction and impeccable eye, the company continues to break ground and win international acclaim for its work with prestigious clients to the likes of Hermes, The US Open Tennis Association, Donna Karan, Four Seasons, Saks Fifth Avenue and The MoMA, to name only a few. With stunning work spanning the gamut between floral installations to custom props and moody lighting to the full-scale construction of breathtaking displays and environments, Ovando is a dazzling celebration of form, function, and flowers.

Read A One to One Interview with Sandra

OUR TEAM

HIGH VALUES

Our success is not only due to the quality of our work; it’s down to attitude, our approach and the way we treat each other and our clients. We are honest, straightforward and respectful. We say what we mean, we mean what we say and we always follow through.

We come from a diverse range of backgrounds. Some creative, some strategic and others technical but we are united in one obsession: great work that delivers success and results to our clients

Each of our endeavors is guided by a strong sense of craftsmanship and passion for the project. We strive to create meaning and value for our customers and their users and seek to imbue our designs with a sense of wonder.

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SANDRA de OVANDO
Founder & Creative Director

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SETSUKO ELMORE
Head Designer

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ALEX KARABELL
Sr. Designer, Weddings & Events

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PASCUAL ROMERO
Production Assistant

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OMAR RAMIREZ
Designer

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BRYAN ROBERT HAMECS
Director of Design

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MICHAEL FORTUNATO
Brand Manager

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Designer

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EVELYN LIRIANO
Accounting Assistant

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MONIQUE CAHN
Director of Retail Operations

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JORDAN CHAPELLE
Designer

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JAMES JACKSON
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KATELYN LORIMER
Sr. Account Manager

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EDUARDO PENA
Driver

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AMI MCCART
Creative Planner

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ISRAEL CUAUTLE
Production Assistant

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EMILY HARRIS
Buyer

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HUMBERTO URAGA
Junior Designer

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KARINA OSHIRO
Creative Planner

PRESS

“Anything we can scent, we will scent”. A new Candle Collection Souvenir de Paris.

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“My boyfriend always orders celebratory bouquets from the artsy florist Ovando, so I have a soft spot for their gorgeous-smelling candles. I’m a fig junkie, so this fig, bergamot, violet leaves, and cedar wood candle gets lit at my house year round.” – Katie Becker, Beauty Editor

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Ovando featured in People’s Magazine: “Flowers in Bloom” This kind of arrangements from Ovando brightens up the room.

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Sandra de Ovando explains the business of flowers and how floral designers ensure you receive the most beautiful arrangements on Mother`s Day.

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Sandra de Ovando, spends time with Gotham Magazine and tells us how business is blooming beautifully.

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Not-so-green thumb? Ovando recommends getting an air plant, snake plant, tillandsia, or philodendron … best plant options for city living.

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Ovando featured in Vanity Fair’s “Diehl of the Week” – Mother`s Day Gift Guide. “Ovando is the best in the business for creative, unique arrangements that let your mother know she’s far from ordinary”.

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Ovando is featured in the New York Post as a leader in bridal bouquet fashion.

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“Is it worth spending money on flower arrangements for an open house?” Sandra de Ovando offers her expert advice to New York Times readers. Flowers can make an apartment more appealing because they bring a space to life.”

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Event planner extraordinaire Marcy Blum recommends Ovando as one of her favorite Valentine’s picks for “wow” arrangements for your special someone.

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Sandra de Ovando teams up with Dezso designer Sara Beltrán to create the eighth scent in de Ovando’s “Recuerdos de Mexico” candle line.

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Ovando’s stunning arrangements are chosen for LVMH’s ad campaign with Uma Thurman.

“Sandra de Ovando combines a love of gardening, world travels and exotic flowers into dramatic compositions that are now prized by celebrities, luxury hotels and fashion houses including Hermes.”

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Mexico’s renown Reforma celebrates the success of the big names that have emerged from Mexico City. Sandra de Ovando shares her stories and passions, from event decor to floral design to luxury candles.

“We asked Style-Setters: What’s Your favorite floral trick?”

“Floral designer/event producer Sandra de Ovando launches a line of delightfully scented wicks inspired by a childhood spent south of the border. Xochimilco left us in a floral flurry with notes of geranium, eucalyptus, and lilac.”

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Some brides want more complex bridal bouquets for their one and only day. Just recently, inventive boutique Ovando began offering courses in DIY floral design.

“I adore Ovando’s new signature candle collection and am hoping my husband picks one up for Valentine’s Day to set the mood. Each intoxicating fragrance offers blissful escape; it’s the perfect gift.”

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Named by the New York Daily News as one of The 50 Most Influential People in Fashion? alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg, Sandra de Ovando is a true visionary. “Her saavy has snagged her clients like Max Mara, Louis Vuitton and Hermès.”

O Magazine’s “blue crush” series features a teal cymbidium orchid arrangement by Ovando.

If you’ve ever strolled by West Village floral shop, Ovando, you’ve no doubt pressed your face against the window. Delicate modern arrangements are molded into feats of botanical wonder.”

Flower Power: “Sandra de Ovando, founder and creative director of Ovando Floral & Event Design shows us how to work flowers into everyday design.”

The NY Times takes Sarah Jessica Parker shopping at Ovando.

Ovando’s creative floral arrangements make the perfect match for today’s modern bride.

Sandra de Ovando has never advertised Ovando, the chic flower shop on Bleecker Street. Ms. Ovando grabbed the attention of celebrities and the media with artistic arrangements displayed against a dramatic black interior.

“Ovando, the Greenwich Village florist that does the flowers for the five W Hotels in Manhattan, is opening a pop-up shop at W New York- The Court in Midtown”.

Ovando featured in Vanity Fair’s “Diehl of the Week” – Mother`s Day Gift Guide. “Ovando is the best in the business for creative, unique arrangements that let your mother know she’s far from ordinary”.

Orchids add serious cache, especially when grouped in a stylized bunch.

Floral sculptures from Sandra de Ovando, a favorite florist of Gucci and Armani.

“Ovando, the Greenwich Village florist that does the flowers for the five W Hotels in Manhattan, is opening a pop-up shop at W New York- The Court in Midtown”.

Ovando creates gorgeous floral headdresses to celebrate the summer solstice with Binki Shapiro and Kanon Organic Vodka.

Six Life featured Ovando’s holiday pop-up shop at the W hotel on E 39th Street: For a winter wonderland sans fake snow and cheesy Santas, look no further than Ovando.

“Ovando’s dramatic black interior makes pretty pink flowers stand out even more”.

From brights to neutrals, these pretty pairings (from Ovando) will liven up your wedding décor.

Ovando has long been one of my favorite floral designers; their presence in the fashion world brings such chic inspiration to the city wedding, and their West Village shop has become a mecca of moody floral inspiration.

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The Daily News stopped by to get a first-hand glance at Ovando’s eye-catching window display for Valentine’s Day 2010!

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Learn how to make a glam peony and carnation arrangement with Sandra de Ovando.

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Scott Belsky talks with Ovando florist owner Sandra de Ovando about how integrated marketing has helped her business grow.

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Town & Country Wedding’s picks for the best wedding accessories: Modern Summer and Fall Bouquets by Ovando.

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With clients to the like of Donna Karan and Carolina Herrera, as well as a celebrity fan base featuring names like Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Jackman, Sandra de Ovando is certainly living the American Dream.

Sandra de Ovando discusses her Mexican heritage with Hora Espagnol, Spanish Daily News.

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“Steal her heart with a contemporary ? and clever ? arrangement of pretty pink roses framed in a Lucite box from Ovando New York”

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Town & Country Wedding’s picks for the best wedding accessories: Modern Summer and Fall Bouquets by Ovando.

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“Tablescapes have become a really fun trend in the realm of wedding décor…”

“NYC’s most distinct flower shop created a collection of equally desirable vases to match their impeccable arrangements.

Sandra de Ovando shares her tips on how to make luxe floral arrangements.

Club Leaders of the Future is organized by Latino Leaders magazine with this mission of “connecting leaders and inspiring the future.” This year’s dinner took place at the 21 Club and featured some of the most prominent names in fashion, finance and the arts.

Ovando, the acclaimed Manhattan florist and event producer, has debuted a 2,000-square- foot holiday pop-up shop at the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey this season. Garden State brides can learn how to weave beautiful blossoms into their bridal showers, engagement parties and (of course) weddings.

PARTNERS

EVENT SPACES

620 Loft and Garden
620 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

Apella
450 E 29th St
New York, NY 10016

Edison Ballroom
240 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

Fred’s at Barneys New York
660 Madison Ave #9
New York, NY 10065

Hudson Hotel
356 W 58th St
New York, NY 10019

HOTELS

Gansevoort Meatpacking
18 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014

Gansevoort Park
420 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10016

Langham Place
400 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018

CORPORATE

Loeb Boathouse
East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Mandarin Oriental
80 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10023

NoMad Hotel
1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001

Rainbow Room
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Ramscale
463 West St
New York, NY 10014

W Downtown
123 Washington St
New York, NY 10006

W New York
541 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022

Studio 450
450 W 31st St
New York, NY 10001

Tavern on the Green
Central Park West & 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

The Foundry
42-38 Ninth Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St
New York, NY 10014

W Times Square
1567 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

W Union Square
201 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10003