If you're a funky sole-lover as much as I am then you've probably flipped through favourite magazines viewing a few styles by the creators of Plomo shoes, an under-the-radar label that's known for their avant-garde gladiator sandals and leather heels, and all entirely wearable. Whether their style's for you or not, it's most definitely a conversation starter.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to catch up with Galia, one of the lovely ladies behind the brand to find a little bit more about what it's like working with your close friend, taking a small concept internationally, and more importantly being able to live your dream.
Keltse and Galia, the founding designers of Plomo shoes met in Mexico after Galia co-hosted a fashion TV pilot. The two became close friends, and deciding on becoming business partners was a match made in... well, Mexico actually! "When I wanted to start making shoes it only seemed natural to invite Keltse to the project. We have a great connection and respect each other tremendously. I think that's the secret - trust, and respect," said Galia.
"It's been amazing what we have accomplished in such a short period of time, we're already in all of these amazing stores."
The ladies attribute the alluring aesthetic of their designs by their heritage; both born in Mexico having a love for sexy and edgy styles, "both of us are latin, so I guess it has an influence on our look and design, all of our customers always tell us that Plomo is very sexy," said Galia. They actually offer a variety of styles in their collection ranging from leather heels with a high-spiky appeal to studded or boot inspired looks, amongst many others.
After chatting with Galia, it's easy to see that these hardworking gals are dedicated and inspire women to go after their goals no matter what they might be, what's their advice to an aspiring shoe designer? "Be patient, and to realise that you never stop growing or learning. We have learned so much in the past year and a half, and are very conscious that we still have a long way to go. That's what makes it so exciting," said Galia!
The new summer collection is online or perhaps in your local boutique!
For more locations visit www.plomoshoes.com
Getting to know Galia & Keltse:
On their sartorial style... Both of us are very sexy, urban, feminine and elegant. We also own alot of shorts its quite funny. Boots with cutoffs and a blazer, or tight bandage skirts & a loose silk blouse. We like things that look they have been lived in.
On inspiration... People, paintings, nature,& street-wear inspires us. For F/W 2011 we were inspired by the color of the leaves in the fall, by menswear and schoolgirls, also Gustav Klimts painting, "Forest of Beach Trees," & Lou Dillon´s style.
Favourite designers? Yes, Isabel Marant, Christophe Decarnin, & Karl Lagerfeld
On biz + friends... We're so similar that we can shop at the same store separately & end up buying the same things.
What's next?... To keep on growing & keep on selling. We want the buying experience to be a lot more personalised.
Photos: Courtesy of Plomo Shoes