THE NEXT STEP FOR SUAVS
A CHAT WITH SUAVS OWNER, MONXI GARZA
SUAVS OWNER, MONXI GARZA
"I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN ART AND FASHION..."
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. GROWING UP, WHAT WERE YOU INTERESTED IN?
I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and then I moved to Spain to study Fashion Design. I have always been interested in art and fashion. When I was younger, I would spend many hours a day sketching, and I always enjoyed experimenting with different vintage pieces that I found in my mother's closet.
HOW DID YOU GET IN TO MAKING SHOES?
I sort of fell into footwear design. Initially, I had always wanted to create my own line of comfortable clothing. After studying fashion design, I worked in handbag design for a while. And then I was hired in footwear design. This gave me the opportunity to learn all about designing shoes, and I fell in love.
NEW SUAVS DESIGNS WITH KNIT FABRIC
SUAVS FIRST POP-UP WITH MILL NO.3
"I WAS INSPIRED BY THE LOAFER AND WANTED TO MIX IT
WITH SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE..."
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE ORIGINAL SUAVS DESIGN?
I wanted to create a shoe that was comfortable, yet stylish and versatile enough to wear to work and then go on an adventure. I was inspired by the loafer shoe and wanted to mix it with something more comfortable by combining it with a slip-on style. I also decided to use breathable fabrics so you wouldn't need to wear socks with them.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF RUNNING A SHOE COMPANY? WHAT IS THE MOST FUN PART?
The most difficult part in my opinion is managing inventory. There are so many sizes to keep track of, especially as our brand is unisex. We have sizes that sell out as soon as they hit our shelves, and timing re-orders has been something I still need to work on.
I love designing the shoes, testing them, and working on the branding around them. But my favorite part is when I see someone randomly on the street wearing SUAVS shoes!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING SIMILAR?
My advice is to go for it! If you have a project or idea, the hardest part is taking the first step. Once you take that first step, the rest starts falling into place.
MONXI DURING THE SUAVS DESIGN PROCESS
"THE GO-TO FOOTWEAR BRAND FOR YOUR EVERYDAY SHOES"
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MARQUEE SUCCESS STORY WITH SUAVS? ANY MOMENT IN PARTICULAR WHERE YOU FELT ESPECIALLY PROUD?
I was especially proud when we raised 4X our goal on Kickstarter!
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND VISION FOR SUAVS?
We are constantly trying to make improvements on the shoes, and I want to keep designing and creating better and more comfortable footwear for people on the go. My vision is to be the go-to footwear brand for your everyday shoes.
TALK US THROUGH THE 'NEW AND IMPROVED' SUAVS DESIGN.
The new design is called The Zilker Knit and is made with a digitally-knit which is breathable and super comfortable. The production process is done by knitting each piece out individually, thus reducing material waste and making the shoes more sustainable. The insoles are now removable and made with a new, breathable poly foam material. And the insoles are lined with moisture-wicking terry fiber making them perfect to wear with no socks!
MONXI IN THE SUAVS WAREHOUSE
AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 10
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