Often in this blog I write about people I never met, but I always feel like I get to know them at least a little bit through looking at their websites or reading their stories. Exploring the lives of creative people is truly exciting! It is even more interesting to meet these people in person, learn each of their stories with diverse experiences and approaches to the creative process. Seeing their development gives an opportunity to evaluate your own creative processes and grow.
This time I would like to present a brand called Miles and Louie, originally found by two brothers living in Tijuana. I met these guys in one of the design markets that I participated in and I got a chance to get a better insight into their creations.
At Miles and Louie they blend classic and minimalist styles together to make shoes and fashion accessories. Their products combine leather and fabrics beautifully assembled in their modern creations. The makers behind the brand do not limit themselves with the initial materials or techniques; instead they look for opportunities to explore new ways of creativity.
And now continue reading the inspiring story behind Miles and Louie…
What do we need to know about you?
Our project behind Miles and Louie has the main idea of coordinating and applying different disciplines in one specific direction, especially when they are linked with art and development of techniques.
This project was born from the ideas of two brothers that wanted to create something (whatever it could be), doing it by mixing their virtues to understand the process of something alive and its structure. Applying these concepts, Miles and Louie was created, seeing it as a living organism that needs to grow and develop.
Once understood this, we thought that the reproduction was necessary and then the project invited a third person with whom we have some plans to perform other side projects.
In the present, we have some collaborations with great artists and we are planning to make them grow on the side.
What is behind the brand is not about shoes, is about understanding how life is going; learning; experimentation; and creation.
Miles and Louie is the first virtue of our creations.
What is special about your collaborative design studio? What do you like the most about working together?
What we think that is special here in Miles and Louie is that we have no limits. There isn’t a thing that can’t be done. We don’t believe that there is only one way to get anything. We like to experiment and try new things. That’s why we like to work beside other people, artists and brands.
What inspires you individually and how do you combine that together?
We are two different persons, with different interests and different ideas mixing all of this every day in harmony. One is a very rational person, and the other one is very creative… As the two hemispheres of a brain, we just need to coordinate in order to make great things.
Describe your typical day.
Every day at the workshop is a different day. The manufacturing process for every shoe or every backpack may be similar, but every piece has unique characteristics depending on who is it for. The day starts with a big list of things and orders we need to do. We organize and separate every order to give our clients a great and personal treat to get them what they want.
How does your work space look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?
Our workspace is constantly changing. The space adapts to any necessity we have. Eventually we will have to move to bigger space in order to offer more things to our clients.
What advice would you give to fresh designers, artists and makers?
Never stop doing what you love to do, every product that you create make it with great passion, always learn new things to be better at anything.
All the images used in this post belongs to Miles and Louie.