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Designer Spotlight: Monica Figueroa

Designer Spotlight: Monica Figueroa

Who else but Monica Figueroa could see an artichoke and think 'footwear!', or watch a National Geographic documentary and have a shoe design in mind by the time the end credits roll?

“Sometimes I just get inspired by random things. Like the artichoke, I said to myself 'I think it might be nice if I put that detail on a shoe' so I just started sketching," explains Monica. “As for the mummy heels, I came up with that design like a year ago. I was watching this documentary on the history of Egypt. I remember I sketched that on a receipt when I was on an airplane. Then the prototype came this year and then all the other designers like Alexander Wang came out with mummy heels. I wasn't inspired because of Alexander Wang though; it came before I saw his version.”

Monica's brand, Monica Fig Chaussures, is only about a year old but has already garnered quite the following amongst the more experimental fashion-lovers. Though she releases new designs about thrice a year, one particular style is here to stay—the Mood Flats, ballet flats with interchangeable magnetic embellishments.

“The mood flats are a mainstay in my collection, so every year I plan to come up with different accessories," says the shoe designer. “The first one is denim and has star, rose, and heart detachable ornaments. The newer one has a black base with dog and cat ornaments. I came up with this shoe because sometimes you think of how you can get the most out of a shoe right? We use sturdy magnets so the embellishments don't fall off,” explains Monica.

It is quite telling that the Monica Fig mainstay is a pair of flats, “I wear flats all the time! I don't really wear heels much,” reveals the statuesque 5-foot-8-inch designer. “Though you notice, in my collections I don't really have too many flats. I have more heels because that's more of high fashion and I want to stick to that. Plus, I love sketching heels; it's more fun. It's challenging and sexy.”

Monica's latest designs mark the debut of her luxury edition shoes- Monica Fig Luxed. Only two per size of each design were produced so better get a move on if you want to snag a pair for yourselves!

Click here to view Monica Figueroa's latest pieces.

Monica Fig shoes are available at Atelier Debbie Co and Wisdom at The Podium.

Curious to see pieces from this shoe-lover's personal shoe collection? Click on!

Click here for Monica Figueroa's contact information.

—Renee Puno, Editorial Assistant.


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