Local Gem: SUAVS Shoes
This week, we feature Monxi Garza, the designer and biz mastermind behind SUAVS Shoes. ICYMI, SUAVS launched earlier this year with an innovative, classy upgrade to your standard, comfy slip-on. We had a chance to talk with Monxi about her career path and the hard work that went into brand-building SUAVS.
(Psssst, did we mention the slip-ons are gender-neutrally unisex?!)
Read up on Monxi and SUAVS below:
Q: What inspired you to start your business? Did you have any role models or learn from someone, in particular?
A: I’ve always been interested in fashion, even from a young age. After I went to school for design, I worked for a couple brands in Spain. I was walking everywhere! To the metro, to work, out to drinks with friends, and that’s when I was inspired to create the classic SUAVS slip on. My mother, who is also an entrepreneur, gave me the confidence to start my own business. She has always been my role model, because she took care of our family and she has never been afraid to turn her ideas into reality. She set the bar high for me!
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passions, in general?
A: To not be afraid to dream big. If you set small daily or weekly objectives for yourself, as long as they are oriented in the right direction, they will eventually lead you to your final goal. Also, to work hard and be consistent. If you have a love or passion, dedicate all your thought and energy on it. Let it be what makes you get up in the morning, and what won't let you go to sleep at night.
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity (possibly a time when a burst of creative energy produced something you could have never expected, etc.)?
A: My best moments have always been when I truly submerge myself into what I'm doing. I will play some music, have a glass of wine and then I find myself working for hours.
Q: What have been your most challenging moments in your career, thus far?
A: The moment when I had to decide to either stay at my nine-to-five job or leave everything and embark on this adventure.
Q: What's your day job (if this business isn't your day job)?
A: SUAVS is my day job… and my night job! I’m always working!
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: When I am discouraged, I tell myself to be optimistic. A positive mindset will bring positive results, and a sad and discouraged mind will only slow you down. It is also helpful to surround yourself with friends and family who know how to cheer you up. Sometimes outside feedback and encouraging words can really help.
Your favorite band at the moment: My all time favorite band is Muse, and I also love listening to Jeff Buckley.
Your favorite book at the moment: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.