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Our Founder

Daphne Benzaquen is the creative designer and founder of daph., a St. Louis-based fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by her Peruvian heritage. A proud Peruvian, Daphne always acknowledged the unique craftsmanship and natural, sustainable resources, like baby alpaca fur and llama leather, coming out of her country when visiting she always hoped she could share it with the world. She founded daph. with the vision of creating a sustainable lifestyle brand that created quality products and designs at attainable price points while giving back to the community and earth.
Founded in 2016, daph. is one of the only U.S. fashion and lifestyle brands that solely combines modern, timeless designs with Peruvian resources and handcraftsmanship.
In 2020, Daphne was a finalist for The Rising Star Awards through Fashion Group International in the Accessories-Handbag and Sustainability Categories. In 2019 daph. was recognized as an A-list winner in the Sustainability category in St. Louis Magazine. And in
2019, Daphne was named one of St. Louis Business Journal’s ’30 under 30’. She has been featured in many media publications and news outlets, including WWD, msn.com, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ladue News, Town & Style, Fox 2 News, ‘Show Me St. Louis’ and more.
Daphne is passionate and committed to giving back, donating her time to organizations that inspire her. She is the Marketing Co-Chair for the Saint Louis Region of Fashion Group International, connecting and educating the fashion community in the city. Daphne is also an active member of Annie’s Hope, a non-profit serving kids, teens and their families who are grieving death as the Young Professional Boards Membership Co-Chair. Additionally, Daphne greatly enjoys mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs in the St. Louis area serving as a resources and guidance as they grow their business. When not working on daph. you can find Daphne having coffee with entrepreneurs, sharing her experience on educational panels or cooking for family and friends!
30 Under 30 Recipient 2019     Rising Star Nominee 2020- Accessories & Sustainability- Featured I WWD     St. Louis Magazine, 2020