September 27, 2016 by Stefanie Martinez
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Note from the Style Contributor Stefanie Martinez:
I first caught wind of La Santa Luna Boutique back in June at BRICK at Blue Star on First Friday. I was so obsessed with her white cage skirt design and I knew this talented woman has an eye for the world of alternative fashion. Get to know local San Antonio designer, Erica Reyna and her fabulously sexy designs!
SLTV: Tell us who you are & where did your designing all start?
My name is Erica Reyna and I am the owner and designer for La Santa Luna. I’m a San Antonio native with Mexican/Spanish heritages. I attended both San Antonio Community College and International Academy of Design & Technology. The name La Santa Luna originated from my obsession with sinners, saints and the moon.
SLTV: When did you first start designing?
I had a passion for designing ever since I was a young child. I’d use anything and everything as materials to make garments for my dolls. Of course as I grew older my mother taught me to sew. I actually became decent at it in my early 20’s. It wasn’t till recently that I found my true sense of style and what I wanted to project out into my designs.
SLTV: How did La Santa Luna Boutique come to be?
For years I would only make custom garments for my close friends. In time I had the ability to invest in myself and the courage to pursue my passion. I took a friend’s advice and started my own boutique. I partnered with my assistant Andy Almeria and we started vending at local events. Everything sold was for women that enjoyed the more alternative side of fashion. We provided custom orders for dancers, models, etc. We briefly opened a small shop in a mall location. With our busy schedules we ended up moving to pop up shops and online selling only.
SLTV: What do you hope for the future of La Santa Luna Boutique?
Personally I’d like to cultivate my creativity and style for the brand. I want La Santa Luna to inspire people to be more open-minded. These garments and accessories are intended to make you feel empowered and sexy. I want people to embrace their body and not give into the delusion of size, race or gender.
SLTV: Are your designs available for purchase? If so, where can we find them?
I have a monthly residency at Brick inside Blue Star every First Friday of the month. You can follow my social media: Facebook and Instagram (La Santa Luna Boutique) for monthly pop up shop posts. Online store at http://lasantaluna.bigcartel.com
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