Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Galia Katz, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
In her apartment in Mexico City.


Ex-model turned shoe designer, Galia Katz, founded Plomo shoe brand in 2010 with friend Keltse Bilbao. The brand's concept came from the saying Pies de plomo or "lead feet," allowing women to stand strong and beautiful. The urban chic designs are inspired by the two friends travels around the world. We are especially proud of Katz' efforts in pushing a Mexican brand in the United States and being successful at reaching a mass market. Plomo shoes are available at select boutiques around the US as well as online at Urban Outfitters, ShopBop, and Piperlime. The brand has developed a cult following from dedicated fashionistas looking to wear a boutique brand full of color and interesting flourishes. Katz says she hopes to "build a successful company and turn Plomo into a household name." We think that's so chic.

Age: 34

Place of Birth: Mexico City, DF

Parents Place of Birth: Lima, Peru (Mom) and Mexico DF (Pop)

Occupation/ Aspiration: Shoes Designer. I love my business and feel blessed to be able to do this every day.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
Polanco. It makes the big city feel like a town.

How do you help make Mexico City a better place to live?
By walking as much as possible, I try not to drive my car.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given.
Always be congruent with yourself.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
For high school, I went to The American School Foundation. It was tons of fun. For college, I went to Iberoamericana for textile and fashion design. Looking back, I should have listened to my parents when they urged me to study abroad. I was young and foolish.

What was your first source of inspiration in your professional career?
Living in Barcelona inspired all of what I do today. That's when I got into the shoe business.

What is your drink of choice?

Who is your favorite thinker?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez for his magical mind.

Who is your favorite designer or brand:
Isabel Marant, Christophe Decarnin, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Alexander Wang's accessories. 

Name three songs you are listening to right now.
"Luna" by Zoe, The Strokes' "I'll Try Anything Once", and Willie Nelson covering Coldplay's ¨The Scientist".

Name your favorite book.
Rayuela by Julio Cortazar

Name your favorite blog.
Fashion Gone Rouge

Name a Mexican you admire.
Alejandro Castro, my husband. I am very proud of who he is and who he aspires to become.

What do you think has helped influence the rising popularity of Mexico as a country?
I think Mexicans are fearless.

What would you like to see in Mexico City?
I would love to see more public safety and security.

What do you think about the cross-cultural phenomenon between Mexico and New York?
We are a lot more similar than we think. But in my case specifically, NY has been a key player for my professional growth.

What vision do you have to develop this movement further?
It was necessary for Plomo to set up in NY, find a showroom, open up offices, etc. I hope that Plomo will be an inspiration for Mexican designers to look at the bigger picture, push their work outside of Mexico, look for other retailers, and export!

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