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Carla Patricia Lopez Navas is the woman behind NavaLo. She has also designed and developed footwear for major brands such as American Rag and Style & Co at Macys, Forever 21, DSW, and JCPenney. She has over 10 years experience in the fashion industry and has also held positions for labels such as Kenneth Cole, South Pole, Marc Ecko, and Nina Shoes.
Carla was born and raised in Ecuador. As a young girl, designing came as a second nature that all started by knitting her own barbie clothes at home. At 10 years old her family moved to the United States which brought her to a new world far away from home, but she never forgot her roots and love for Ecuador.
She graduated from North Plainfield high school with honors and a focus in pursing fashion. With support from her family she attended Berkeley College majoring in Fashion Merchandising. She later transferred to FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City where she graduated at the top of her class with a major in Fashion Design and a minor in Accessory Design.
While at FIT Carla earned an internship at Kenneth Cole New York where she was introduced to the design and development aspects of the shoe industry. After Kenneth Cole she then ventured into the apparel world where she was able to apply a focus in designing clothes over the course of 3 years at Southpole & Marc Ecko. While at Marc Ecko she assisted with the design of apparel for the G-Unit brand modeled for famous hip hop artist 50 Cent. After gaining valuable experience in the garment industry she went back to shoe design, where her passion and heart belonged.
With the shoe industry in sight, Carla transitioned from the apparel industry to the major footwear brand Nina Shoes where she spent 8 years as a lead designer for various labels across their main collection, mid market, discount and specialty lines. Her exposure within Nina Shoes was a major contributor to insight of the American shoe market where each label dealt with different clientele and requirements of footwear design.
Carla has traveled all over the world to research design requirements from leading manufacturers of global footwear. She continues to visit France, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Spain, and Hong Kong which are the epicenter for sourcing leading designs and materials for future trends across the world. She also travels to major trendsetting U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and New York also play a substantial role in connecting the European market with U.S. demands for future footwear.
Most importantly Carla has maintained a dedication to quality in all her footwear. In efforts to provide the best product for consumers, she has spent significant time in Asia to refine the the manufacturing and development process of footwear in countries such as China, Thailand and Korea. She has developed a well respected report with major footwear manufacturers for delivering some of the top selling and leading designs across the industry.
NavaLo is not just a brand, but the result of years of dedication, experience, and natural talent. Carla has already succeeded as a leader in the shoe industry working behind the scenes for major labels. NavaLo is her way of bringing her love of shoes directly to you as her own brand.