Christine de la Garza's Profile

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I was introduced to the fine art of handcrafted bootmaking when I was about 8 years old and I went with my dad on an annual trip to see his bootmaker in Raymondville, Texas.

As my father settled on the details, I recall taking a walk around that boot shop, quietly observing each craftsman at their particular role: the pattern maker, the cutter, the sewer, the laster, and the adornado (who made a final check of each boot for details & quality).

I remember taking in the rows of colorful leathers and exotic skins resting on a shelf, the hard slap-tap of lemonwood pegs securing the soles, the heady weight of glue in the air, the shiny threads turned by hand on an old industrial sewing machine (as a pattern fleshed out on the shaft), the loud beating whirl of the belt sander on stacked leather heels being finished off to a fine shine…

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  • Female
  • Joined May 21, 2009

Favorite materials

leather, exotics, wood, stone, metals, feathers, furs, bone, shell, silk, linen, burlap, vintage finds

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  • delaCav
    Handcrafted Boots for Luxury & Leisure

About

I was introduced to the fine art of handcrafted bootmaking when I was about 8 years old and I went with my dad on an annual trip to see his bootmaker in Raymondville, Texas.

As my father settled on the details, I recall taking a walk around that boot shop, quietly observing each craftsman at their particular role: the pattern maker, the cutter, the sewer, the laster, and the adornado (who made a final check of each boot for details & quality).

I remember taking in the rows of colorful leathers and exotic skins resting on a shelf, the hard slap-tap of lemonwood pegs securing the soles, the heady weight of glue in the air, the shiny threads turned by hand on an old industrial sewing machine (as a pattern fleshed out on the shaft), the loud beating whirl of the belt sander on stacked leather heels being finished off to a fine shine...

I was enveloped in the experience... the smells and the colors, the laughter of the craftsmen and the exuberant Mexican music playing on the radio.

And so it seems, I caught the “boot bug” that day.

I didn’t know it then... I only knew that I felt connected to all that the craft itself represented - the art, the stories and the vibrant life to be lived in each well-worn sole.

That day forever changed the way I looked at everything we wear and buy.

A few years later, when I was almost 13 years old, I created a job for myself dusting antiques at the only antique store within a 200 mile radius - just so I could hang out with owner-Matriarchs, Ruth and Helen.

These wonderful, well-traveled widows gave me an awe-inspiring appreciation for craftsmanship, quality, design, story and the context within which things are made and used.

Looking back, I realize that both these experiences ignited an enduring passion for dedicated craft, inspired design and a compelling storyline.

I've come by my craft as an apprentice over the years and my point of view has been inspired by the "less is more" design aesthetic Halston popularized.

While I have an enduring appreciation for the traditional cowboy boot motifs - I tend to focus my attention on form, function, craftsmanship, cut, silhouette, texture, color and minimal frou frou.

I call my bootwear style: MODWESTERN

delaCav bootwear quality and craft are grounded in traditional western bootmaking tradition, but our design direction is dedicated to fashion forward versatility that suits a town & country, gypsy-jetsetter's life and style.

I have more design ideas than I can actually create and a small collective of expert artisans who work with me to make them in our shop in South Texas.

I love the Etsy marketplace and I look forward to collaborating with other artisans, designers and suppliers to create unique modwestern minimal expressions - inspired by your story and desire.

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delaCav handcrafted bootwear is dedicated to upholding the fine art of handcrafted bootmaking in old world tradtion and featuring fashion forward versatility.

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