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THE MOVERS - ALVIN VALLEY

The Miami-educated, New York-based designer known as the King of Pants has a new idea to make luxury shopping more seamless.

What inspires you about Miami’s fashion scene?

“Well, I still consider myself a part of the Miami fashion scene, and I am always inspired by its people, food, weather and lifestyle. I think that Miami is still the most glamorous city in the world.”

What do you have up you sleeve (or pant leg) next?

“I’m always working on something new. As a fashion designer, the new never ends. But I am also working on a startup tech company called OnApproval, which will allow established luxury spenders to approve their shopping cart once goods arrive to their homes. We first deployed it on alvinvalley.com, and it was a huge success. We are now launching it through many luxury brands and retailers.”

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

“When I started I knew nothing about fashion. I was only 21, and didn’t really study fashion. I have always tried to stay savvy and start conversations and ask industry leaders for advice. However, I wish I had reached out to more.”

WORDS BY CLAUDIA MIYAR / ALVIN VALLEY PORTRAIT BY FELIPE CUEVAS