Today we’d like to introduce you to Angilina Taylor.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Angilina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The idea of starting a shoe company with my now-husband was a passing idea when he called me in 2009 and suggested we start a shoe company in honor of a friend that passed away. At that time, we were just friends, and it wasn’t until 2013 that we started dating and eventually got married in 2015.
I have always been entrepreneurial growing up around my family running a hardwood flooring company out of our neighborhood homes. That lifestyle seemed natural to me and has always been my desire. Fifty-Twenty Eight gets its name from my grandparents home address that served as the cornerstone for that business.
I worked as a footwear developer and designer corporately for 15 years before deciding it was time to plunge into starting my own thing. Again, with the help of my husband, we landed on the idea of 5028, a limited edition artisan shoe company based in colorado and crafted in Spain and Portugal. The idea being we can create wearable pieces of art for our customers that are unique and special and not everyone has, we love that. We also deliver our shoes at a fair price as we want more people to be able to enjoy them.
I was also looking for a higher sense of purpose behind my work, so we decided to donate to mental health support and have teamed up with organizations like “Aspen Strong” and “Hope for the Day” two organizations that believe in breaking the stigma behind mental health issues, educating people about the issues, and connecting those in need to resources needed.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not at all. I heard a talk once and the speaker said being an entrepreneur you have to go into the deep dark cave and battle it out, there is no way around that cave, you have to go through it. That really resonated with me. The road has not been smooth, we have had to adjust our strategy many times based on our learnings.
If I could give one piece of advice I would say be open to being nimble with your business, keeping the integrity of your vision and your core values in mind.
Lastly, your story is your story and the way you get to where you are going will most definitely not look like someone else’s, for some it will be harder, for some easier. Rather than compare your story to others embrace your story and learn from others stories. Easier said than done. =)
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Fifty-Twenty Eight – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
We make luxury casual men’s and women’s shoes. We use high-quality leathers with beautiful emboss and rich treatments. Comfort is built into all of our shoes as we believe that looking stylish doesn’t have to be uncomfortable.
We recently started a line of upcycled shoes where all the leathers are leathers that I found were bound for waste, so I repurposed them and turned them into some sweet shoes! The footbeds are made from post-consumer waste that has been reground and repurposed into footbeds. You can check out our Men’s and Women’s Reprise, Women’s Sole Mate and Men’s Walrus if you like the idea of wearing upcycled luxury.
I also do custom painting on shoes as well, our women’s Artisan boots are super unique and total one-offs. If you want one blue shoe and one purple shoe, I can do that for you. You can email us a request and we will make it happen. So, we have more of that on the horizon which is exciting.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Entrepreneurship can be isolating and I have found the more that I talk to other entrepreneurs no matter the field that they are in there are always little nuggets of helpful information and tidbits that I take away.
I don’t have a mentor, anyone out there wants to be mine? LOL.
That said my grandfather who passed when I was in College has always been my idol. He ran a successful business that still supports a lot of my family. He was kind, honest, integrous, and worked his butt off to take care of his family and enjoyed being with them more than anything. I aspire to be and live like him.
I do think having a strong support system is vital, my husband is my rock, when I fall he is there to catch me every time and vice versa. We also have some amazing friends and family that support us which is tremendously helpful as well.
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