Founded in 2013, Obra Gris is a fashion label based in San José, Costa Rica. 

The evolving and unending relationship between body and object is the exploration ground for the Obra Gris vision. 

We strive to find the means to create a sustainable, contemporary clothing brand in Costa Rica and to help our customers express their personality while reducing their impact on the world through versatile, season-less, multipurpose products.

Our mission is to reduce the impact of our practice through low and zero waste designed products using environmentally conscious materials and production techniques.

We aim to help our community, providing opportunities for students learning their trade, micro-industry seamstress’, while developing sustainable production methods for the local design community.

Our collection is built around a limited number of items that can transition from day to night, can be adapted to many different climates and scenarios and can be mixed with previous and further collections allowing for our collectors to develop their own ABC of intermixable pieces.

Our three brand assets are:


Good design is never out of fashion. We create garments to survive the test of time and season, clothing that will move emotions and be remembered by virtue of their simplicity and purpose.


Just like you, we care for our planet! That is why we strive to create Zero Waste garments, maximizing the use of fabrics and eliminating unnecessary cuts. Therefore our silhouettes are loose and flowy.


Multiple ways, multiple meanings. We believe clothing should be versatile, adapting and adjusting to the changing environment we find ourselves in; that is why we have designed our multiple pieces which can be worn in a variety of settings creating a wide range of experiences.


Creative Director OSCAR RUIZ-SCHMIDT is a fashion designer and art director based in San José, Costa Rica. He received his MA in Fashion Design from Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin in the summer of 2012.  He also holds a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Costa Rica, and cut his teeth through numerous industry internships in Berlin and New York, with fashion labels such as c.neeon and Zac Posen, as well as with stylist Gus Romero and fashion photographer Erez Sabag.

In 2012 he was appointed as professor at Universidad Véritas in San José where he is part of the Fashion Design Faculty. He also runs the zine editorial project Cornucopia Zine. 

In 2012 he received a prize for his collection How Water Shapes Land at the Iberoamerican Design Biennial in Madrid, and in 2015 he was awarded the San Pellegrino Prize for Best New Designer.