07 May 2016

Designer Spotlight: Killem With Chic

Hi SD Style Bloggers, it's Devon from Seventeen Dresses. I recently had the chance to chat with one of San Diego's talented designers, Mariela Torres of Killem With Chic. Mariela is a San Diego native who left her full time job to pursue her own fashion lines. She hopes to inspire women to be confident and follow their passions. Her playfully clever designs will be part of Fashion Week San Diego 2016. She is the ultimate #girlboss!

DEVON: Are you originally from San Diego? What part of town do you call home?
MARIELA: I was born and raised in San Diego. I have lived all over, Paradise Hills, Chula Vista, Bonita, Eastlake, Little Italy and Downtown so, all of San Diego feels like home. I love the energy and vibrance of this city.

DEVON: What inspired Killem With Chic?
MARIELA: I've been in the fashion industry for about ten years. I have done so much in that time - closet clean outs, buying for boutiques even running a lease shop inside Bloomingdale's. Starting this line is something I have wanted to do for years. Last year presented many challenges in my life which inspired me to follow my dream. Tee shirts will never go out of style and I love the idea of producing a witty twist on a classic tee.

DEVON: What do you love most about running you own business?
MARIELA: What I love most is the fact that I get to be creative daily. It's such a beautiful thing. I also love that I am my own boss lady.

DEVON: Have you always had an interest in fashion?
MARIELA: I have always had a passion for this industry. Ever since I can remember I have loved clothing and styling. I am obsessed with color and print but, you'll most likely always see me wearing distressed jeans and a leather jacket. Anyone daring enough to wear whatever the hell they want is inspiring!

DEVON: What's next for Killem With Chic?
MARIELA: I have so many exciting projects at the moment. My shirts are in stores and online boutiques. I'll be showcasing at Fashion Week San Diego this year and am also in the middle of building up my website with other awesome brands. It would be cool to see my tee's in department stores or on a celebrity! Hit me up RiRi.

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Devon Hembury 
Business & Designer Spotlight Contributor


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