Well whenever you wonder if we can make the same shoe style, using a shorter or higher heel, I'm sorry to tell you we can't. It doesn't work that way!!
That's probably one of the greatest misconceptions about shoe manufacturing, people would be surprised to find out how expensive developing a collection from scratch actually is. We use a sort of plastic foot called "last" which gives a shoe its final shape, and even many styles can be designed from it, the moment you want a different height or toe shape you need to start back from zero. And that’s not even considering shoe design and customized soles.
When it comes to the production of the Viajera Boots and the tennis, we have to be extra careful with the pieces of backstrap loom we receive from Eclectic Array, first we add a lining to protect the piece from tearing apart during the process, and we also make sure there are no color variants between each piece and we have a special way to cut the material as we have little to no room for mistakes. It makes the process more delicate and slow, but worth it once you see the final result.
5. What's your inspiration? Is there anything specific or someone that inspires you?
My parents and my brothers, I've never seen anyone as hardworking and resilient as them. They are my greatest inspiration!
My dad in particular has been a major influence in my life and the reason why I am an entrepreneur.
6. Who's your team and what can you share about them?
I'll begin with my family
My mom has been working non-stop since she was a teenager and she's the kindest person I've met in my life; my dad is a visionary, always dreaming, developing and experimenting; my brother Francisco who's in charge of production is what I'd call a "genius", his ability to solve issues of any nature is mind-blowing and his willingness to help others never ceases to amaze me; finally my brother Gerardo has taught me that without implementation the greatest ideas are just that: IDEAS
Now our staff:
I'll take Juanito who's in charge of cutting the raw materials for the Viajera Boots, the tennis, and all the other products we have as an example!
He has known me since I was 6 months old, that's when he first started working for us 37 years ago. Most of our current employees have been at the company for over 10 years, some have left and come back, they're hardworking people.
7. Do you have a favorite piece? Tell us about your best sellers or unique designs for EA?
I really like the mint and light grey tenis, and I'm already in love with the Viajera Boots!
8. Please tell us about the staff and inclusion guidelines you have at the company.
Most of our employees are elderly people, over 60 years old; they're specialized on what they do and have been doing it for decades. We also have developed a technic to stamp recycled leather, that, other way would be a pile of trash from the automobile industry, we can stamp and embose any design.
As you can see, they are not just a shoe manufacturer…they are a family that has become our family. Together we are aligned in our values and we have so much good we can accomplish together. It was no coincidence that this family was brought to us at Eclectic Array, I know we were meant to be together in this journey to have purposeful fashion that supports so many artisans, communities and families across Mexico.