After a successful launch party last week, Austin is home to the next it-shoe for both men and women: SUAVS. Think, your?TOMS’ or Keds’ younger, cooler, minimalistic cousin.
We’ve been rocking our SUAVS all day every day from?shopping trips to photo shoots and even on the streets of Puerto Rico?and we can honestly say this shoe is everything it promised and more. Since there’s no need to wear socks, SUAVS are the perfect shoe to throw on as you head out the door and your feet are sure to stay dry and comfortable for hours.
We talked with?Monxi Garza, the boss babe behind the brand, about her inspiration and vision for SUAVS. Read on for the Q&A and enter to win a pair of your own!
Fashion X Austin: What is your background in design?
Monxi Garza: I studied fashion in Monterrey, Mexico and Madrid, Spain. Then I worked in handbag and shoe design in Spain, where I learned the very technical side of quality construction.
?FXA:?What inspired you to create the ultimate slip-on??
MG: I was inspired by my everyday life! While working in Spain, I needed a comfortable shoe that didn?t compromise on style to wear to work, the gym, shopping and around town with my friends.
FXA: What was the design process like for the first SUAVS style?
MG: The design was initially inspired by the classic penny loafer, which I modernized into a casual, breathable slip-on shoe. It was a yearlong process of picking out materials, testing them, and making sure they were the best and softest quality.
FXA: Why SUAVS? How did you come up with the name?
MG: SUAVS comes from the English and Spanish versions of the word Suave. It means soft in Spanish, and in English the word describes someone as being sophisticated, charming and classy. SUAVS is a combination of the two!
FXA: After living in several different cities with very different cultures, why did you choose to launch your brand in Austin??
MG: For me, Austin is where I can get a lot of everything I love ? great music scene, delicious food and tons of outdoor activities. Austinites are busy people, and the SUAVS shoe is perfect for men and women who need comfortable footwear while they are on the go.
FXA: Do you plan to design new styles or colorways?for future seasons?
MG: Yes, we are currently working on bringing in new fabrics, colors, prints and designs for SUAVS. Also, stay tuned for a warmer version of the shoe for the winter season!
Enter to win a pair of SUAVS in the color of your choice below!