Ode to Past, Present and Future friends.
My first shoe collection is inspired by the colorful women whose personalities have brought life to these shoes. Friends, who are as different as each shoe's style - edgy and urban, traditional and classic, sparkly and fun. This is by no means an exclusive list; I think of it more as a testament to all friendships past, present and future. It is true that our friendships change over time. Life gets in the way, we get busy, have new responsibilities or move away. However, their essence remains the same. To me a friend is someone who has touched your life and has left a lasting memory you can access anytime.
We all remember our first friendships; what little 5 year old kid doesn't think they'll be besties with their buddies forever? Just the other day, my 8 year old told me that he would only move when his two best friends did and they would all move together. In order to preserve his innocence, I did my best to smile and acknowledge his sentiment whilst biting my tongue to say 'Hey what about me, I gave birth to you?!'
Whilst I may not be in contact with those early friends, I can still access the memories. The photo below was taken shortly after we had moved to Australia, when I celebrated my 7th birthday. My parents barely spoke English, but I wanted a party and those that know me well, know I like a party and can make one out of any occasion. My 7th birthday was celebrated with 2 friends; Rita and Jane, my older sister, a homemade cake, a 2L bottle of Fanta, a box of Cheezels and a packet of Ice Vovos (the latter will not mean much unless you grew up down under !) At 7 years of age in the 80's, this was the epitome of true friendship and the party of the year!
As I move through life's stages, friends have come and gone. All of these friendships, whether or not we are still in touch today, have had a lasting impression on me. To all of you, I thank you for the laughter, memories and inspiration and it is why I am dedicating my first collection to all past, present and future girlfriends. This is for you.
Like a good friendship, RGV avarcas promise to make you look and feel your best at all times. Enjoy!