Gilberto Ortiz was born in San Andres Lagunas, Teposcolula, Oaxaca Mexico.
He belongs to a family of twelve siblings and exquisite indigenous roots, when he was a kid, he learnt to plough his land and to enjoy the amazing nature that was around him, delighting himself with unexplored hills, blue skies and nights with stars, breathing such as pure and melodious air, just like that violin which reproduced the most beautiful notes performed by his father; who also told him the greatest stories about his ancestors. His father narrated him the extraordinary story about his grandfather that with the puya of maguey obtained the ixtle that he used as fibre for make the underwear that the Mixtec wore.
Living and ploughing in the land that saw him born, his life changed in a very shocking way, when a political conflict forced him and his family to flee from San Andrés, the reason was that the people of the community wanted to kill the Mayor of the town, Mr Florentino Guzmán Cruz. Mr Gilberto Ortiz, Gilberto´s father, helped him to flee by dressing him as a woman. When the people of San Andres realized of it, immediately they tried to lynch to Gilberto and his family but they ran away on time.
In August of 2018 after 50 years of engaging himself with love and passion for the bespoke tailoring world, the master tailor Gilberto Ortiz died.
Leaving an extraordinary heritage to his sons, Darío and Alejandro, they will continue with the Gilberto Ortiz e Hijos tailor shop,
following with the same love and passion for the bespoke tailoring that the master tailor showed and taught to them with perfection.