MyFDB Exclusive Interview: Blogger and Designer Isaiah Garza
Isaiah Garza is definitely a fashion personality not to be ignored. Editor in Chief of fashion news and lifestyle website, FashionMunster.com, Isaiah is a confident presence in the fashion community and represents a man who is courageous and exciting with his fashion. He is definitely on the up and up, illustrating his multidimensional talents in not only his fashion journalism, but also with his edgy jewelry designs as well as a shoe line to be released in the fall of 2012. A caption on a fashion week photo of Garza on FashionMunster reads “Every week is Fashion Week.” It is this fun, playful attitude with fashion as well as a fierce business savvy and self-assured motivation that is taking Isaiah Garza far. The epitome of urban chic and polished off with west coast cool, Mr. Garza is definitely paving the way for an exciting fashion future. Isaiah talks exclusively with MyFDB about blogging, the industry, and the number one worst trend in fashion:
MyFDB: Hey Isaiah! Thanks for talking with us. Where are you from? What brought you to L.A.?
Isaiah: I’m from Yakima, Washington…basically the most unfashionable city in the United States! I moved to LA to escape that life, I’ve always wanted to move to where my name can actually make a difference.
MyFDB: How did you get your start in blogging, fashion, and jewelry design? How did FashionMunster come about? How did you come up with the name FashionMunster?
Isaiah: I wanted to build a stronger connection with my audience. I wanted people to love my work as a designer, but I felt like if you were spending all this money on my work that you should at least know who it comes from. So I created FashionMunster.com, an online magazine that features news, fashion munster poses and a storyline of my current life. I just wanted to connect with people more and them to see the other side of me. It’s like investing into a business, you like the idea, but you need to do your homework before investing, right? So that’s basically what I did. I wanted to create a business model for how everything worked. After a year of running the site I turned it into a profitable business by creating Munster PR. I picked the name FashionMunster because I thought it sounded perfect for my personality. There wasn’t honestly anything special about picking the name. I just thought it sounded good and funny!
MyFDB:What is your educational background? Did you study fashion in college or attend art school?
Isaiah: I went to FIDM (Fashion Institute of design and merchandising) and studied Marketing. Got a associates degree in fashion marketing. I was never really into school, I didn’t think I needed much of it with what I wanted to do.
MyFDB: Did you know from an early age that a creative/fashion/design career was in your future? If so, when? If not, how did you discover yourself as fashionisto?
Isaiah: Well I knew I was always passionate in fashion and business, but it wasn’t until certain life changing moments made me actually aspire to become that as a career route. I think I was 12 years old when I knew I was going to do something great in fashion.
MyFDB: Has there been a moment in your life that you consider “a big break” or a “defining moment” for you and your career?
Isaiah: I think when I won the Cotton Incorporated national design competition for $10,000. I was a fashion marketing student who has never taken a fashion design course in my life and I beat some of the top design students on the West Coast. I was the only Non-Fashion design student competition in the competition. It was a 4 month long intense program and at the end I was named the victor. It was then I knew I could really do anything as long as I believed in myself. At the end of the day winning something like that from where I come from is so farfetched that it’s still crazy to know I’ve come this far.
MyFDB: What is your favorite thing about L.A.? Is the West Coast really the best coast?
Isaiah: I like LA, it’s a great environment to work. I think it doesn’t matter what coast your on, if your good then you will be noticed no matter what!
MyFDB: What’s been the biggest challenge for you in your pursuit of a career in fashion?
Isaiah: My biggest challenge is not knowing when to stop. The only thing that challenges me at this point is not being able to quit.
Isaiah: Well I always felt like people can relate most to passion and emotions. So I really just design off how I feel in the moment. I never sketch, do story boards or anything like that. I just browse different trims, chains, ect and go from there. I just like to freestyle my work. I feel like it’s never good to over think your design aesthetic too much. Eventually you think too much about what others want you to do rather than what you think you should be doing.
MyFDB: Who inspires you?
Isaiah: I really don’t have anyone who inspires me right now. I just try to challenge myself as much as possible and and “compete” with how far I think I can take this. I guess it never ends….I guess that’s kind of inspiring in itself.
MyFDB: We’ve heard about your new shoe line and can’t wait for it! Can you tell us more about this exciting venture and how it began?
Isaiah: Well I’m always constantly thinking about my future or new ventures. Most people don’t know this, but I use to work with shoe designer Jerome Rousseau. So the idea of designing my own shoes has been in the back of my head for the past 2 years. I was approached by a company 2 months ago on me creating a line of shoes inspired my current jewelry collection. The shoes won’t actually be out till probably late October. They were supposed to be out at the end of Summer, but I pushed it back to make sure they were marketed the right way. Just know that these shoes will be nothing less than impeccable taste.
MyFDB: In a perfect world, what would you be doing in ten years?
Isaiah: That’s honestly such a hard question. At the end of the day I hope that what I’m doing in 10 years serves as a greater purpose than just fashion. I love fashion and everything about it, but my true goal is to go beyond fashion. I want to change the world in a positive way and leave an impact/business model that inspires the uninspired. I think I can use fashion as the creative route to make that happen.
MyFDB: Where is your absolute favorite place in the world- to travel, unwind, shop, or explore?
Isaiah: Well I’m going to Paris for the Haute Couture Fashion Week next month (I’m sure that will be my next fave place to be) But I actually really just love getting an iced coffee and walking through fashion districts in LA/NY searching for new fabrics, trims and inspiration. I’m actually pretty lame!
MyFDB: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists and creative types or fashion addicts who enjoy your work?
Isaiah: Trust your instincts, listen to your heart, stay focused, fear nothing and believe in yourself.
MyFDB: What’s in store for the future? Do you have any other exciting current projects that you can share with us?
Isaiah: Well I have a small jewelry line I’m creating that I worked with Kelly Rutherford from Gossip Girl on that should be available by mid/late June and a few other projects that will be announced more towards mid Summer! Right now I have a lot on my plate with my line, Munster PR, fashionmunster.com and other projects!
MyFDB: What do you want the world to know about you?
Isaiah: That I’m dedicated to making it better and I’m constantly thinking what I could do to make/be a difference.
MyFDB: Anything else you would like to add?
Isaiah: I was once asked what I think the worst trend in fashion is. I replied “People not believing in themselves.”
By: Sarah Humphries