Swing into Spring!
Spring style with Mariela Schwarz Montiel
This week’s edit was curated by Mariela Schwarz Montiel, creative director and founder of Carlotha Ray. We caught up with her to learn more about the inspiration behind her sustainable footwear brand.
What inspired you to create Carlotha Ray?
My initial inspirations were the vibrant colours and sublime fragrances in our garden in Limoges, France. When I first came here, there were fireflies at night, but we don’t see them as much anymore. This made me conscious of the effects of global climate change and the necessity of creating an environmentally sustainable line.
Why did you decide to make flip-flops and sandals?
Very simply because the flip-flop is the most-worn shoe in the world! My dream is to become a part of every woman’s wardrobe, and to bring environmental consciousness to the mainstream with beautiful designs made from eco-friendly materials.
You infuse each piece with a delightful scent. Where did you get the idea for scented footwear?
All of our dyes are 100% plant-based, so it occurred to me that we could incorporate essential oils to add a delicate scent as well! We look forward to surprising our customers with a special launch coming soon…
Do you wear your own designs?
Absolutely, I’m my biggest fan!
How do you spend your free time?
I love taking long walks and breathing in the fresh air in the countryside. When I’m in Paris, you’ll find me at the flea market or exploring the incredible museums. And I can’t wait to travel again!