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How Beatrice Valenzuela's Handmade Shoes Went International

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Designer Beatrice Valenzuela grew up in Mexico City and, as a child, was inspired by the beautiful, colorful textiles worn by men and women of her country. After moving to Los Angeles, she began working as a stylist. When she couldn't find a comfortable moccasin for everyday wear, she turned to a craftsman in Mexico City who began producing shoes for her based on her designs. Just like that, the Beatrice Valenzuela line was born.

Valenzuela's shoes are all handmade by artisans in Mexico of seconds leather and rubber soles, so they're not only ethically produced, they're also eco-friendly. As a result, each pair has a hip yet earthy, broken-in look that you really don't see in other shoe lines. Above, the designer speaks about her success and her new LA boutique.
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