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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Cameron Swier

Get to know Blowfish Malibu’s European Sales and Operations Coordinator, Cameron Swier! 

MEET CAMERON!

Tell us about your role at Blowfish Malibu.

I am the European Sales and Operations Coordinator for Blowfish Malibu. I help with everything from production at the factory to getting the shoes to the customer! One of my largest roles is entering factory and customer orders.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?

I graduated college in 2021 and then did an internship at a Marketing agency. After that I did freelance marketing up until starting with Blowfish Malibu.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu?

My boss, Kim Grabow, hired me after I was recommended to her by a professor, we both had during our time at SDSU (South Dakota State University). We both graduated with the same major, Fashion Merchandising!

What projects have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them? 

Right now, Kim and I are working on growing the business in Europe and bringing on some new customers!

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry?

Ever since I was little, I have loved fashion! I actually was made fun of in my small hometown in the Midwest for my outfits and caring so much about my appearance. It’s cool to see it has come full circle and I get to work in the industry. My favorite part is seeing the product from the very beginning (sketches) to in the store. The designers are so talented, and I love seeing their ideas come to life.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Getting to be in touch with other countries on a daily basis! I love that I get to talk to all our sales reps in Europe and the factory in China while living in SD. I also like learning about what is going on economically in Europe and how it impacts our business.

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?

I have only been to LA twice for work so I am still fairly new to the city BUT I am a real foodie so that has to be my favorite thing! Oh, and the warmth! When it is freezing in South Dakota it’s warm in LA 😊

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?

Right now, I am obsessed with the sneaker style Forever!

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you?

It is all about connections and putting yourself out there! Meet people and do not be afraid to reach out to others. Also, do not be scared to just go for it! I have had several jobs in the past I didn’t think I would have a shot at but just applied anyways. Applying never hurts + interviews are always great practice.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?

Mid Century Modern furniture. Let’s hope my style doesn’t change because decorating my home has been an investment.

Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

Dakota, a small-town of 1,200 people in the middle of nowhere (literally- we have no stoplights).

Living there taught me the value of people and how to treat those around you. I can’t think of single time I got something to work in my favor by being rude or mean to someone. It also taught me a strong work ethic. I’ve had a job since I was 10 and my family taught me that if I wanted money to spend, I had to work for it!

What’s your dream travel destination?

Oooo this is hard but probably Japan! I want to go to Tokyo when the cherry blossoms are blooming.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

One of my great great grandparents. I want to know more about where I come from and what makes me who I am.

When do you feel best about yourself?

Killer outfit + tan…. And a few margaritas in!

What’s your personal motto?

“Be a bird.” Birds don’t worry about tomorrow or what will come next. They also can fly anywhere (for the most part). I think a life full of travel and without worry sounds like one I want to live.

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

I got married at 20 and my husband was 19. We spent 3 out of the 4 years in college married. Crazy young, I know, but when you know you know. Plus, there is nothing better than growing up with your best friend.

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I learn the most from Podcasts
I can’t live without Espresso and Glossier Boy Brow
You can find me shopping at Urban Outfitters, Free People, H&M, and Overstock
My astrological sign is Taurus
I’m scared of Spiders and disappointing people
The last book I read was It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Most people would say I’m happy and bubbly
I’m currently listening to Matt Maeson’s new album Never Had to Leave
My style mantra is Levi Jeans, doc martens, and a sweater!
I feel most comfortable when surrounded by my people (close friends and family).
When I woke up today I felt annoyed that it was time to get out of bed
Most people don’t know…I lived for a semester in Manchester England and traveled throughout Europe during this time.
I feel the best when: I take care of myself both mentally and physically! Big health girly.

Thank you Cameron for answering our questions! We can’t wait to see you in the LA office soon!

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Alexis Wycoff

Get to know Blowfish Malibu’s Customer Service Representative, Alexis Wycoff! 

MEET ALEXIS!

Tell us about your position at Blowfish Malibu.

I work in the customer service department, as a customer service representative. My role here at Blowfish is to assist wholesale accounts in the West coast!

When did you first become interested in customer service?

I have always been interested in Customer Service. Ever since I started working, I have always worked in fast food or retail. I enjoy speaking with customers from all over and building a connection and relationship.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?

Before joining the Blowfish Team I was working for a cannabis company called Secret Nature and I was also a part-time barista at Starbucks!

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu?

Long story short, I am on a Facebook group for Babysitter’s around my city. I came across this mom in need of an occasional babysitter, reached out, and it happened to be Nikol who works on the design team! I started babysitting for her and I had expressed to her that I was looking for a new job opportunity, and she mentioned that her company was hiring, and now here I am 5 months later.  😊

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?

I have never worked in the fashion industry so this very new to me. But I love how Blowfish has so many different options for customers to choose from. You definitely have many options when choosing the right Blowfish Sneaker or Sandal.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I really like the people, they’re all super nice! Especially my team, I am so thankful to work with such a wonderful team, so shoutout to them.

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?

My favorite thing about LA is that there is always something to see or do!

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?

My favorite would have to be the Play in Natural Pongo Cat… I am obsessed with cheetah print!!

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you?

I would say go for it if you know what you want then work for it. I am 19 years old, I honestly didn’t thing that I was going to get the position because of my age but I did it and I am proud of myself. You can always achieve what you put your mind to.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?

Probably Harry Potter…I have watched the first 2 movies when I was little. But I just recently got into it again and began to understand it. Now that I’ve seen all the movies, I am trying to read all the books.

Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

I was born and raised in the High Desert but I think Long Beach has shaped me more than anything. I moved in 2017, during a difficult time in my life and I have been thriving and growing ever since.

What’s your dream travel destination?

My dream has always been to travel to Amsterdam.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

It would have to be the cast from Greys Anatomy or Criminal Minds!

When do you feel best about yourself?

I feel best about myself when my apartment is clean!! I love nothing more than a clean apartment with a Christmas scented candle burning. (PS: I LOVE Christmas)

What’s your personal motto?

PMA! Positive Mental Attitude. My dad has always taught me to always look at the bright side of life and make the best of what you have.

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

I had to have major surgery when I was 18 months old. I was born with a soft cleft palate which made me unable to eat solid food until I was 2 years old. So that being said I am a very picky eater. I don’t like to eat certain foods because of the textures. I also developed a hemangioma at the age of 2 which went away before I was 5.

 

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I learn the most from My parents, I go to them for advice on EVERYTHING.
I can’t live without My 3 cats 😊
You can find me shopping at Amazon & Target all the way!
My astrological sign is Libra
I’m scared of Losing my parents
The last book I read was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Most people would say I’m Very outgoing!
I’m currently listening to Led Zeppelin – Going to California
My style mantra is Cute but comfy
I feel most comfortable in In leggings and big t-shirt
When I woke up today I felt Very tired
Most people don’t know…I am currently a junior in college & my major is nursing

 

Yay, thank you Alexis for answering our questions!

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: RJ Santiago

Get to know Blowfish Malibu’s Kids Footwear Designer, RJ Santiago! 

MEET RJ!

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?

Tinker Hatfield

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.

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Maha Kolacek

Get to know Blowfish Malibu’s Director of Information Technology, Maha Kolacek! 

MEET MAHA!

Tell us about your position at Blowfish Malibu.

I am Director of IT.  I oversee all things IT, so anything system related.  My goal is to implement changes/updates in processes and systems, where needed, to make everyone’s job a little easier!

When did you first become interested in tech?

Honestly, I fell into it by accident, but has been an adventurous lifelong career.  Technology was “the thing” to do during my college years.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?

I have a lengthy IT background.  Before Blowfish, I was at The Honest Company.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu?

I originally replied to a post on LinkedIn and interviewed with Greg Kearns.  Our conversation impressed me; I became curious about BF.  Although that position was not the right fit, I am happy to say that Greg reached out a few months later to discuss the position I now hold!

What creative projects have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them? 

I am currently working on the implementation of a 360 Photo Studio.  This will greatly improve the quality of images of our products, as well as provide a 360-spin feature for our website/line sheets.  In addition, this will eliminate the need to send images out to be retouched which will mean Marketing will have access to the images much sooner.  And it will greatly reduce the need for human intervention, which means images will be more consistent.

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry?

I love fashion, but it’s hard to keep up.  This can help me stay in touch with what’s trending!

What’s your favorite part of your job?

The people! Blowfish has amazing people 😊 And, I love seeing our shoes at the stores and pointing them out.

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?

The weather.  The diversity.  The endless things to do, and places to discover. And all the different food!

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?

I’m still new, so I have yet to figure that out.  But I can tell you that I’ve randomly picked up BF shoes on many occasions when shopping.  They seem to catch my eye!

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Don’t feel like you should just know.  Every industry, every company, has its own jargon, its own acronyms.  And take notes!  You will be glad you did.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?

My granddaughters…the 2 cutest babies ever!

Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

Originally, I’m from Egypt!  Moving to the MidWest as an 8-year-old was quite the adventure, snow was a fun feature!  Till I grew up and came to my senses…lol!  But honestly, I loved growing up there and raising my kids there.  I moved to LA about 5 years ago.  Ironically, we were supposed to move from Egypt to LA, but my dad stopped in Wisconsin to visit his brother and decided to stay in the Chicago area.

What’s your dream travel destination?

I’d love to travel the world!

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

My dad.  And the cast of Friends 😉

When do you feel best about yourself?

When I get a lot done, check things off my to do list!  When I have things organized so I don’t feel frazzled.

What’s your personal motto?

Be present and enjoy. It really does go by fast!

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

Most people are surprised that I’m a grandma!

 

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I learn the most from experiencing/actually doing/participating.
I can’t live without My family
You can find me shopping at Marshalls…I love finding deals!
My astrological sign is Aries.
I’m scared of hmmmm?
The last book I read was: A play “Time Stands Still”
Most people would say I’m: easy to talk to.
Most people don’t know: I’m from Egypt.
My style mantra is look good, but be comfortable 😉.
I feel most comfortable in in my stretchy pants and cute top.
When I woke up today I felt tired.
I feel the best when I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything, and can just spend time with my family.

 

Thank you Maha for answering our questions!

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Ashley Rodriguez

Get to know Blowfish Malibu Marketing Assistant, Ashley Rodriguez!

MEET ASHLEY!

Tell us about your position at Blowfish Malibu.

I am the new Marketing Assistant at Blowfish Malibu. I was brought on to help the marketing team with various projects, but my favorites include any in-person events and creating behind the scenes content for TikTok! Recently I have taken over Influencer Marketing for Blowfish Malibu and Blowfish Malibu Kids.

When did you first become interested in marketing?

I first became interested in social media marketing after landing my first internship at 17 as a part of my senior project on social media marketing in the fashion industry. I’ve loved it ever since.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?

Before joining the Blowfish Malibu team I was running my own business as an independent lash artist and educator. I started just wanting to do lashes on my friends and family but it quickly turned into more than just a side hustle! I realized I love creating and building a brand so I changed my major from nursing to business administration with a concentration in marketing management.

What creative projects have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them? 

We have a really special launch coming up that I can’t give toooo many details on, but it’s my first big project at Blowfish and I’m super excited to lead the campaign push.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu?

One of my goals for 2022 was to join a company that prioritized a healthy work-life balance but that also allowed me to be creative and learn from others on the team. They say when you know, you know! After my first interview with Blowfish I knew I wanted to join the team and luckily I got the offer.

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry?

I love seeing trends come and go. It’s always fun to see the shifts happen in real time.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Content creation! I love TikTok so now that I get to create them as apart of my job is amazing for me.

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?

I love LA and this will always be home! My favorite thing about LA is that there’s always something to do or a new restaurant to go and try.

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?

The Zelie sandal is such a staple for me! You can never go wrong with square toed sandal.

If you weren’t a marketer, what would you be?

Probably a real estate agent.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?

Bridgerton on Netflix. (Thanks, Allie.)

Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

I am originally from LA and often find myself feeling so lucky that I was born somewhere that so many people want to live. Just seeing how many opportunities there are in LA from a young age inspired me to explore different paths and always have a strong work ethic in whatever I do so that no matter where I end up, its something I genuinely love.

What’s your dream travel destination?

The Maldives or Singapore.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Bad Bunny!

When do you feel best about yourself?

When I wake up early enough to do my entire morning routine without rushing.

What’s your personal motto?

“ What’s meant for you will never miss you.”

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

I was actually named after a power-ranger by my brother! My name was supposed to be Cindy.

 

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I learn the most from others.
I can’t live without my dog.
You can find me shopping at Amazon, always!
My astrological sign is Taurus.
I’m scared of snakes.
The last book I read was Dark Places.
Most people would say I’m a go-getter.
I’m currently listening to Bad Bunny’s new album.
My style mantra is comfy cozy or super extra, there is no in-between.
I feel most comfortable in a cute matching set.
When I woke up today I felt excited about the sunrise!
I feel the best when I can light a candle after deep cleaning my apartment.

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Minjung Shin

Get to know Blowfish Malibu Graphic Designer, Minjung Shin!

Welcome to the Blowfish Malibu Spotlight, a new feature on the Journal! We’ll be spending some time each month talking with different members of our team and giving readers a little bit of insight into what each person does in the office every day.

FIRST UP, MEET MJ!

Tell us about your position at Blowfish Malibu.

I am the Graphic Designer here at Blowfish Malibu. I work with our Art Director in creating new content and brand assets for the marketing team.

When did you first become interested in graphic design?

My first job out of college was as a graphic designer in the Marketing Department of The Los Angeles Film School. Working in the entertainment industry, in the heart of Hollywood, was a very eye-opening experience that led to further interest in working with a marketing team and designing in-house.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?

I was freelancing for exclusive clients.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu?

I was overly ecstatic to be scheduled for a virtual interview with Blowfish Malibu after applying during my trip to Hawaii. Luckily enough, we made a positive connection, and I was just counting down the days to joining the team.

What creative projects have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them? 

My first photoshoot experience ever was with the Blowfish Malibu team. It was a very rewarding learning experience. I’m excited to be a part of this for each season!

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry?

Working in the fashion industry has put me in touch with the latest trends. I enjoy learning about the latest and greatest.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Every day is different from the next in terms of project. From email blasts to IG Stories to ads and trade show assets. It keeps things interesting!

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?

I love this city so much that I’ve never moved out of it! I totally appreciate the variety that the city has to offer.

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?

I love the wedge sneakers. They are comfy and provide extra height!

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you?  

Don’t be afraid to take risks with your designs.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?

Finding new and easy recipes for meal prepping and the great outdoors.

Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

Growing up in Los Angeles has exposed me to ethnic and cultural diversity, as well as a city rich in the arts. I have to remind myself of how fortunate I am to have been raised in a city like this.

What’s your dream travel destination?

Australia or Japan

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I think it’d be delightful to grab a bite to eat with Robin Williams or Anthony Bourdain. I’ll take either one!

When do you feel best about yourself?

After a session of self-care!

What’s your personal motto?

Don’t be scared, be prepared.

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

I’m left-handed.

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I learn the most from YouTube and hands-on training. I’m a visual learner.
I can’t live without Hank, my German Shepherd.
You can find me shopping at Amazon.com
My astrological sign is Libra!
I’m scared of Dismemberment. I watch too many true crime shows.
The last book I read was the Harry Potter series.
Most people would say I’m honest.
I’m currently listening to Hall and Oates.
My style mantra is casual all day.
I feel most comfortable in lounging around on a Sunday afternoon.
When I woke up today I felt happy but hungry, lol.
I feel the best when I’m adequately hydrated.

Thank you so much for your time, MJ! We loved catching up with you!

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Leah Sullivan

Get to know Blowfish Malibu Marketing Assistant, Leah Sullivan!

Welcome to the Blowfish Malibu Spotlight, a new feature on the Journal! We’ll be spending some time each month talking with different members of our team and giving readers a little bit of insight into what each person does in the office every day.

FIRST UP, MEET LEAH!

Tell us about your position at Blowfish Malibu.

I am a Marketing Assistant here at Blowfish Malibu! Which means I assist social media & community building efforts and assist on a variety of projects in the Marketing Department.

When did you first become interested in marketing?

I don’t think I ever had an aha moment where I realized I loved marketing, but I have always loved visuals & story telling, and enjoyed the learning how to build a brand around telling a story when I was in college.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team?

I started a swimwear company, Peachy Keen Swim, a few years back and still work on it now as my role at Blowfish Malibu is part time. Before working here I also spent a lot of my time freelancing and helping other brands build their TikTok marketing strategy, but I enjoy being able to work at an established company now and having continuity in my projects.

What creative projects have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them? 

I really enjoy learning about the 4Earth collection and the sustainability efforts going into this line. Learning about the partnerships with Oceana and Bloom and being able to dive into the science behind the collection has been really cool! I took a lot of environmental science classes in college and I’m happy that I’m able to.

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry?

The ability to make make major changes globally and individually. I love the ability to express yourself and build confidence through creating your personal style, but know that the fashion industry can be very detrimental to the environment. I’m excited to learn more about the ins and outs of the industry and try to create change that will allow us to celebrate our style in a way that works in harmony with nature.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

There’s a great culture! I’ve gotten to meet a lot of great people and go to fun events.

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city?

I loooove living here. The combination of nature and nightlife is a perfect balance for me. I love being able to go on a hike in the morning and a concert at night. You can really find so many interesting people and activities in this city.

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes?

The Redsen boots! So cute and minimalistic. I don’t think it will ever go out of style.

If you weren’t a marketer, what would you be?

I have a lot of interests but can never pick just one! Some type of artist would be cool.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?

Painting pottery!

Where are you from and how has that shaped you?

I grew up in New Jersey and was very motivated to move out to California. I definitely feel at home here but the older I get the more I appreciate New Jersey, and I especially love the farm my family lives near. It’s really peaceful and laidback.

What’s your dream travel destination?

Bali!

When do you feel best about yourself?

When I’m having a meaningful conversation with a friend.

What’s your personal motto?

Be authentic or die trying!

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know?

I studied Mandarin in college, but I’m not very good. 我中文不太好!

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I learn the most from meditation.
I can’t live without my friends.
You can find me shopping at the anthropology candle section.
My astrological sign is Aries sun, cancer rising, cap moon!
I’m not scared of public speaking.
The last book I read was The Women who Run with the Wolves.
Most people would say I’m fun.
I’m currently listening to Mac Miller.
My style mantra is don’t follow trends, express yourself through your own style.
I feel most comfortable in comfy pants with a fun print.
When I woke up today I felt like hitting the snooze button lol.
I feel the freest when I’m in the ocean.

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Susanna Carlow

We sat down with Susanna Carlow, Kids Casual and First Cost Casual Designer in our Design department. 

Get to know Susanna in the interview below:

Tell us about your role at Blowfish Malibu.

I design and oversee both the kids casual and the women’s casual first cost product line.

When did you first become interested in Design?

At age 15, I was the art and sports editor of my high school newspaper. My journalism teacher handed me an issue of Women’s Wear Daily (fashion trade magazine) as she thought I might find it interesting. I had never seen so many photos of haute couture fashion and fashion runway photos before. It completely inspired me to become a designer.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team? 

In the past I’ve worked as a footwear designer for brands such as L.A. Gear and Guess. I’ve also taken on the role of senior line builder and design director for branded and private label companies. After a few short years designing home décor, I missed footwear and got back into it.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu? 

A friend referred me to a recruiter who knew of an open position at Blowfish Malibu. She immediately got me an interview, and the rest is history.

What projects at the brand have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them? 

When I came to Blowfish Malibu, about 90% of the line was just women’s shoes taken down to girl sizes. Using my own experience in kids shoes, I built a line that was very kid focused. From easy functional features to stylish fun colors and materials designed with toddlers and kids in mind. I’m proud to say that now, 10 percent of the line is from women’s and 90% are shoes exclusive to girls.

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry? 

Getting to travel to the different parts of the world to shop for the latest trends in fashion is definitely a fantastic perk.

What’s your favorite part of your job?   

The beginning stage of conceptualizing the shoes from drawings or rendering my ideas in photoshop. A close second is the trend shopping!

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city? 

Los Angeles is so special because of the diversity in its people and food. There’s a casual and open vibe that allows you to explore other cultures.

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes? 

The Rya-K. It’s my favorite kids shoe I’ve designed.

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you? 

Always draw your ideas as soon as you can or take pictures when you’re inspired by places or objects. Be open to where your path may take you. I thought I was going to be an apparel designer, but once I started designing shoes, I never went back.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?   

Buying good wall art when I was redecorating my home. I would comb through hours every day on different websites. There’s a lot of bad art out there.

Where are you from and how has that shaped you? 

I was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. It’s a lovely little beach town that has friendly people and is very relaxed. Growing up there makes you more mindful of manners and being polite.

What’s your dream travel destination? 

I’d love to see the Aurora Borealis and the Maldives.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

My dad, who passed few years ago. He was always very supportive of me and my career. He was proud that he got to wear the shoes I designed when I was a design director for a skateboard footwear company.

When do you feel best about yourself? 

First thing in the morning I usually do a gratitude ritual and give thanks for everything that is meaningful to me.

What’s your personal motto?

Trust your gut- only you know what’s truly best for you.

 

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I learn the most from: Observing other people and how they do things.
I can’t live without: My kids and really delicious food!
You can find me shopping at: The Reformation, Free People, Zara, Zadig & Voltaire and The Kooples.

My astrological sign is: Libra
I’m scared of: Missing my connecting flight when traveling internationally. Running through the terminals to catch your flight is stressful and airport hotels are the worst if you are stuck overnight.

The last book I read was: The Power of Now
Most people would say I’m: happy
I’m currently listening to: Dua Lipa
My style mantra is: Dress in what makes you feel good

I feel most comfortable: Relaxing on the beach
When I woke up today I felt:  Gratitude for all the good things and people in my life.
Most people don’t know: I can do the Bart Simpson voice perfectly.

 I feel the best when: I’ve finished a workout at the gym.

 


Thank you so much for your time, Susanna! We loved catching up with you!

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Marcy Cail

We sat down with Marcy, Sr. Product Designer in our Design department. 

Get to know Marcy in the interview below:

Tell us about your role at Blowfish Malibu.

I have been designing Blowfish Malibu footwear collections since 2013.

When did you first become interested in Design?

Directly outta college- I have been in the fashion and footwear industry since 2004.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team? 

I mainly designed dress footwear before coming to Blowfish Malibu.  I worked for various footwear companies in Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu? 

I emailed them my portfolio directly.  There actually was not a job posting at that time, but it worked out perfectly.

What projects at the brand have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them? 

I have been working on vegan and 4Earth product since the beginning.  Both of these collections excite me because they are more than just creative fashion projects- they represent a bigger purpose and goal.

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry? 

Innovation.  It’s creatively challenging and when I create something new, it’s beyond exciting.

What’s your favorite part of your job?   

Color and materials.  I love taking little pieces of materials, putting them together to create unique color and material combinations.

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city? 

Palm trees and the silhouettes of palm trees when the sun goes down.  I live in Berlin- we do not have palm trees in Berlin.

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes? 

Balla4Earth because it was the first style of its kind in the collection.

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you? 

Creative positions require the ability to receive criticism – which can be difficult because of the vulnerability that comes with loving the things you create.  But the truth is, taking criticism is key.  If you are open to receiving it and using it – it will make you a great designer.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?   

Serpentwithfeet.  The song Four Ethers is magical.

Where are you from and how has that shaped you? 

I am an American living in Europe.  Being an expat can rock your reality.  It has shaped who I am whilst making me appreciate my roots.

What’s your dream travel destination? 

Right now, any travel is a dream 😛

When do you feel best about yourself? 

When I have been eating well, sleeping well, and doing my workouts.  But I also feel great dancing around my apartment in my socks – socks being key for floating across the hardwood floors.

What’s your personal motto?

You do you.

 

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I can’t live without:  Music
You can find me shopping at:  Second-hand
My astrological sign is: Pisces
The last book I read was: Here Be Dragons

I’m currently listening to:Perfume Genius
My style mantra is:  If it sparkles, it fits
I feel most comfortable:  Lazying on my couch
When I woke up today I felt: But first coffee

 


Thank you so much for your time, Marcy! We loved catching up with you!

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Blowfish Malibu Spotlight: Ashley Solano

We sat down with Ashley Solano, Activewear Designer in our Design department. 

Get to know Ashley in the interview below:

Tell us about your role at Blowfish Malibu.

I’m an Active designer and developer. In my role, I research trends and create patterns with the Blowfish Malibu DNA. Prints are a big part of who we are. We spend a lot of time creating our very own unique prints that you won’t find anywhere else.

When did you first become interested in Design?

I have always been a creative person and enjoyed sketching and painting. But I was a junior in High School when I knew I wanted to pursue a career in footwear design.  I researched footwear design schools in the US and that brought me here to Los Angeles. I moved here when I was 19 to study at FIDM in DTLA.

What did you do previously before joining the Blowfish Malibu team? 

For the past five years, I was designing for a Surf inspired brand. In that position, I was lucky to travel all around the world for trend shopping and shoe development.

How did you get started with Blowfish Malibu? 

I have been familiar with the Blowfish Malibu company and team for a few years now. When I saw there was a position open, I was excited and applied. Chip reached out and here we are lol. I’m sure they all regret it now since I blast Justin Bieber’s album in the office all day every day.

What projects at the brand have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them? 

We have really exciting new developments in the works but cannot share details at this time. However, I’m excited about working with kids and toddler sneakers and creating fun prints for them. I’m a child at heart and love Disney and fun things. Whenever we get a request for mermaid, unicorn, and fairy prints, I’m here for it!

What do you like most about working in the fashion industry? 

I get bored easily so I love that it is constantly changing. I love everything from making trend books and finding the perfect font (which can take hours) to creating a cool-looking sneaker and seeing the sketch come to real life. It’s a great place to be fun and make mistakes and figure out what works the best.

What’s your favorite part of your job?   

My favorite part of my job is the environment. I love working with the team. We get along so well and get to do what we love. I love that I can come to work in my 90s T-shirt and black eyeliner and know that we will be listening to Justin Bieber all day.

The Blowfish Malibu offices are in LA. What’s your favorite thing about the city? 

I love the food, more food, and food. The team and I have recently been obsessed with Susie cakes. But apart from that, I love the beaches and hikes. I’m a huge outdoor person and love to explore trails on the weekends. Especially ones that lead to some breathtaking waterfalls.

Which is your favorite pair of Blowfish Malibu shoes? 

I love a good chunky sneaker. The clay is my go-to height it is classic and edgy.

What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same career as you? 

A footwear design career is not your average career. There are not many of us. It’s a risky career to go into with a lot of competition. But if that is your passion, just like any other career you should follow your heart and dreams. It’s a great and exciting job. We get to travel around the world and get to be creative.

JUST FOR FUN

What was the last thing you were obsessed with?   

Susie Cupcakes and I’m still obsessed *send help

Where are you from and how has that shaped you? 

I’m from a small town in Texas. But I think it’s my family who has shaped me. I grew up with the most amazing parents and brother and sister. I think my parents would say I’m wild and free-spirited but my heart is pure. I think moving out here so young on my own and seeing my schooling and career through is on them. They taught me how to make good life choices.

What’s your dream travel destination? 

Someplace I have always wanted to visit strangely is the Amazon River. I have this daydream that I’m fishing in the swamp, and I catch the weirdest creature-looking fish. I have no idea why but that excites me. Check me into a mental hospital now.

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Easy, my grandfather who passed away 4 years ago. He was my favorite person who had the warmest heart. He was very exciting and always said yes to everything. He went bungee jumping with me when he was 65 because no one else wanted to go with me lol he was a real one.

When do you feel best about yourself? 

I have the best people in my life. I feel my best when I’m around the people I love. Whether we are out getting drinks or laying out at the beach laughing, you can feel the warm energy when good people are around.

What’s your personal motto?

Something that I live by and tell others often is to live life for yourself. To do what makes you happy. I stress to my younger siblings to find who they are and to do what they love. I tell my younger sister often to forget about what others think as long as she is happy with herself.

What’s a fun fact about you most people don’t know? 

I’m pretty much an open book, but I dislocated my shoulder playing kickball diving to first base when I was 18. I was trying to impress a boy and that clearly back fired.

 

FILL IN THE BLANK!

I learn the most from:  my experiences! Good and bad
I can’t live without:  my family and friends.
You can find me shopping at:  a good vintage shop, I love to find unique pieces.
My astrological sign is: a triple Cancer.
I’m scared of:  Snakes, spiders, and the biggest one of them all the DARK!!!
The last book I read was:  probably in high school because I was forced to read it. I prefer to watch stories than read them unfortunately.

Most people would say I’m:  rather pleasant really (In an English accent)
I’m currently listening to: Peaches by Justin Bieber …. Go listen
My style mantra is:  classic with a bit of edge.
I feel most comfortable:  when I wear red Lipstick.
When I woke up today I felt: like flying
Most people don’t know: I’m really a fairy

I feel the best when: when I have a fishbowl margarita in my hand.

 


Thank you so much for your time, Ashley! We loved catching up with you!

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