DESIGNING YOUR CAREER IN FOOTWEAR

BLOG # 1_IMAGEWe are the designers of our destiny, choosing the colors and strokes to paint our paths…or not. Hindsight is the recognition of the realities and possibilities after its occurrence. I remember the first strokes painted when I started designing my career in footwear. A fearless painter using bold strokes, vibrant reds and fuchsias, pop colors were all over the place. Fearlessly lead by the fire within my spirit, knowing I would be as excited in my design field twenty years down the road as I was then. Fast-forward nine years and I continue to be fueled by the fire within my spirit; however I am now grounded with hindsight that has gifted me bits of wisdom.

If I knew then what I know now, I would have considered incorporating neutrals and grounding colors by factoring balance, wellness and daily spiritual practice into my path design. I would have approached the design more as a line-builder tasked with creating a balanced collection. I mean who designs a collection of only pops and shades of reds? Smh…

At times I play out a conversation with my younger creative self, in my head. Creating a fantasy world where I mentor her and guide her with the wisdom gained from hindsight. I edit her work and probe her to consider the idea of balance in her design. It’s this recurring thought that sparked the inspiration to write this journal post, and more to come.

Every so often females thinking about starting their journey in the footwear industry reach out to me with inquiries. They too are considering the colors and strokes to use in their design. So I figured why keep this conversation with my younger self in my head…why not put it out there? Share it?

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with and-for brilliant, creative and hardworking women who put in the work each season churning out beautiful coveted footwear. Each with their unique career path design that lead them where they are, and composed of an array of colors and strokes that represent bits of wisdom, challenges and tales they faced along the way.

 I figure why not include them in on the conversation, while exploring the concepts of creating|maintaining balance, wellness, spiritual|creative practice in the context of designing a career in footwear. So that’s the plan and I am excited to learn from this conversation and the exploration of concepts…

Stay tuned for more…