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Nothing screams summer like stepping out in a pair of sandals that can take your outfit from drab to fab. No one knows this more than the rising entrepreneur and teacher Zavia Walker. Her love for everything fashion has led her to create an accessory that is ideal for our tropical home.
"Though I'm an English literature teacher at Camperdown High School, I've always loved fashion and the art of designing. After watching YouTube tutorials, I learnt how to create my own sandals based on styles I imagined myself in. I drew and started to design them," the 29-year-old designer told Flair.
Her friends saw her rocking her designs and gravitated towards them. From there, Zavia Walker Designs was created. Walker shared with Flair that for her, designing is therapeutic.
"I feel at peace when I'm making my sandals. I don't worry or think about anything else," she shared.
Inspired by current trends and her love for her sisters and nieces, Walker has created four designs that she has named after them - Spesh, Jade, Ellie and Liegh. According to the entrepreneur, "The process of producing my sandals was first having the right supplier who will provide me with quality material to make them durable and attractive. After that, I just followed my instincts and sense of style to choose the different colours and materials to give my sandals style and character."
Though it is hard to balance work and develop her designs, Walker is gifted with a supportive brother who helps to seal and package her sandals. With him, she is now able to produce as many sandals as demanded and can focus on her latest project - designing a T-shirt line.
Walker says her love for fashion increases daily as she has bigger dreams - designing dresses and swimwear.
"Yes. It's hard to chase after my dreams, but the continuous love and positivity I receive from my customers keeps me motivated. I also persevere because I'm now able to motivate my friends and family to start their own business and to believe in themselves. I advise aspiring entrepreneurs to work hard no matter what, as the hard work will eventually pay off," Walker shared.
Zavia Walker Designs is a unique brand, designed to satisfy the sandal lover in you. Not only do they allow you to look as fabulous as you feel, they are high-quality and affordable.
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