Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: RJ Santiago
Get to know Blowfish Malibu’s Kids Footwear Designer, RJ Santiago!
Tell us about your position at Blowfish Malibu.
I am the new Kids Footwear designer at Blowfish Malibu. I was brought in to help build with sneaker design for Women’s, Kids and the 4Earth line.
When did you first become interested in footwear design?
I’ve been fascinated with sneakers since I was 9 years old. After I saw a pair of Jordan 11’s in store. It totally blew my mind!
What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?
Before joining the Blowfish Malibu team, I was an assistant designer for a luxury footwear brand that opened my career as a footwear designer. I met and worked with stylists and collaborated with different brands and celebrities.
How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu?
Well… It started when Marcy (one of our lead designers) replied on my application through a job search site. I had a phone interview and did 2 presentations for the team. After waiting for a month, I got an offer to be part of the Fish Family and without hesitation I took it. I’m blessed and so happy to be here!
What creative projects have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them?
I’m excited for 4Earth and the kid’s sneaker line. For 4Earth to be a part of something with a purpose and lead to self-sustaining products is one of my life goals. For the kids’ line, I’m really excited and happy to reconnect with my inner childhood. It’s also a dream come true that I get to have this strong connection and bond with my kids through sneakers, to see the fun, creativity and imagination from their point of view is really something!
What do you like most about working in the fashion industry?
Fashion/Footwear is one of the fastest moving industries. I love the trends and the technology behind it. I just love that the evolution of this industry is constant and now its gearing towards to becoming more eco-friendly.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite is to share my love for sneakers through my designs, I can reach out to millions of people. It blows my mind every time I think about it.
The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?
The diversity in style, weather, people, and food.
Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?
Paige is my favorite so far, aside from it being my first design that would be included in the 4Earth line, I just love the details on the embroidery and panels. FYI my answer will change every season/collection, so I suggest you to follow me, lol.
If you weren’t a footwear designer, what would you be?
Aside from being an NBA player maybe Firefighter / Singer
JUST FOR FUN
What was the last thing you were obsessed with?
LA DODGERS! GOOOO DODGERS!
Where are you from and how has that shaped you?
I’m born and raised in the Philippines, growing up in a third world country molded my foundation. Having strong faith and a hard work ethic made a big difference. I have deeper appreciation of everything that I had.
What’s your dream travel destination?
Japan food tour with my family.
If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
When do you feel best about yourself?
When I see people’s faces light up when they see my designs
What’s your personal motto?
Nothing is impossible with God – Matthew 19:26
What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?
I have my own karaoke mic and song list because I am a frustrated singer.
FILL IN THE BLANK!
I learn the most from EXPERIENCE
I can’t live without MY FAMILY
You can find me shopping at Amazon
My astrological sign is PISCES
I’m scared of goodbyes
The last book I read was …I’ll get back to you on this one lol
Most people would say I SMILE A LOT
I’m currently listening to Harry Styles – Harry’s house album
My style mantra is like if 90’s streetwear, Hipster and athleisure had a baby
I feel most comfortable in hoodies and SNEAKERS!
When I woke up today I felt grateful and blessed.
I feel the best when I leave from Sunday service.
Thank you RJ for answering our questions! We can’t wait to see all of your designs come to life.