Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Slow and Steady Wins the Race and Co. ...Chola by Mayra Valencia

Slow and Steady Wins the Race has been very fortunate over the years to work with amazing people who have gone on to do great things. In this feature we'll highlight some of the products, events, and work from people that have come through Slow and Steady Wins the Race's doors.

Former Slow and Steady Wins the Race Studio Manager Mayra Valencia recently debuted her vibrant jewelry line Chola:

Born in Brooklyn, New York as the youngest of four children to immigrant parents from Ecuador, Mayra Valencia was raised with traditional Latin American values and the streets smarts of a NYC kid. Her desire to be part of the fashion world began at age five while watching a Novela (a Spanish Soap Opera) about a seamstress turned fashion designer. She spent most of her childhood summers in
Ecuador watching her grandmother assemble & plate hundreds of earrings right in her home. Mayra would help her sort them by style and stone color, count them, play with them and be amazed by how sparkly and beautiful they all looked. Chola was created in honor of Mayra's grandmother Rosa Jimenez de Valencia whose image of being in an apron assembling earrings will forever be a part of Mayra. Chola is for her mother and father (the most talented jeweler she's ever known) who always instilled their culture in her, and for all of her family and friends who have journeyed into this country in search of a better life. Chola is for them; a celebration of merging our cultures.

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photos courtesy of Chola/Mayra Valencia