Latina Designer Monica Mauro Showcases her Talents at Phoenix Fashion Week

Latina Designer Monica Mauro Showcases her Talents at Phoenix Fashion Week

Phoenix Fashion Week is right around the corner, and Latinos everywhere have plenty of reasons to be proud because we will be well represented by two talented Latina designers: Monica Mauro and Amanda Casarez.

Monica Mauro brings a handmade jewelry collection that showcases beautiful druze stones, a type of natural stone with a crystal coating that gives it a subtle shine. Born and raised in Juarez, Mexico, Monica moved to Dallas to become a Spanish teacher, a job that she held for nine years; but when she had her first child, she had her “Ah-ha!” moment and realized that it was time to pursue her dreams as an artist. So, she moved to Phoenix with her family to get a fresh start and launched her jewelry business as a way express her artistic side, support her family and be a stay at home mom.

Her pieces are inspired by nature, the beauty of the natural stone colors and shapes and women who are modern and like bold pieces that compliment their outfit and make a statement. You can find Monica’s collection at prestigious boutiques, resorts and very soon on Amazon as well.

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About Monica Mauro Druzy Jewelry
The Monica Mauro jewelry line is a modern collection of Druzy jewelry which is designed to make a statement. Shop our entire collection on our website.

Monica Mauro Designs on the Runway at Moxy Hotel Tempe

Monica Mauro Designs on the Runway at Moxy Hotel Tempe

Monica Mauro featured a variety of one of kind Necklaces on the Runway at Shop Garment District at the Moxy Hotel in Tempe AZ on Friday 8/5.  This event was hosted by Phoenix Fashion Week.  Monica is Competing for the title of “Emerging Accessory Designer of the Year 2016”.  Special Thanks to Amanda Casarez for Pairing her Dresses with Monica’s Necklaces on the Runway.


About Monica Mauro Druzy Jewelry
The Monica Mauro jewelry line is a modern collection of Druzy jewelry which is designed to make a statement. Shop our entire collection on our website.

Two career changes later, a life dedicated to jewelry design

Two career changes later, a life dedicated to jewelry design

Monica Mauro on the Phoenix Fashion Week red carpet.

Starting a new career can always be difficult. Add giving birth to your first child, and a move to a new city to the equation, and things become enormously more complicated. That difficult situation is what 2016 Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Bootcamp jewelry designer Monica Mauro went through.

Recently 40 designers and 40 models were chosen to be part of Phoenix Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Bootcamp, and Model of the Year, where local fashionistas competed to win prizes that will help them launch their brand.

Mauro was one of this year’s winners, and it was not easy getting to this point.

She was born and raised in Juarez, Mexico, and was not always a jewelry designer. In Juarez Mauro worked at the American Consulate, and after she was passed up for a promotion Mauro decided it was time to move onto a new career and country.

“They got a new person, and that was frustrating for me,” Mauro said. “I told myself ‘Where else am I going here? Can I grow more here?’ They already cut my wings. I couldn’t wait for another person to step down in another 10 years.”

At the age of 29 she moved to Dallas, Texas to start a new life after her father helped her find a new job at the Dallas Independent School District. Mauro says she didn’t give too much thought into the job but decided to try and apply anyway.

“They called me one day, in April, and said ‘Okay, are you ready to accept the job?’” Mauro said. “I’m like ‘What?’ I only applied to do something different. They said ‘Are you going to be here in May?’ They said I was going to have training all summer.”

She would later meet her husband in Dallas when she started to relive her childhood passion with the arts while not being too passionate about her job.

Mauro began working in glass fusion during her off time. She even started her own art studio called Cool Fired Arts. She began working at girl’s scouts meetings and parties. Although many may have enjoyed her work, there was only a small amount of business.

“Glass is more for galleries so I found I wasn’t going to be able to make a career out of it,” Mauro said. “So, I started mixing natural stones with glass fusion pieces they were very cool but people were still very scared of the glass.”

Mauro got pregnant and says she was unsure how to raise a baby by selling her work. She even ended her company, and sold one of her kilns, a type of oven used to make glassware.

Once again Mauro believed she reached the end of her career and city. She realized she no longer wanted to work as a teacher and decided to dedicate herself completely to making jewelry, specifically druzy jewelry, a special kind of glittering effect.

Her husband supported her decision and they moved to Phoenix so she can establish her new career. She didn’t have any connections in Phoenix, but went anyways.

So, once again, Mauro restarted her life from scratch, establishing her new company and career. Her new designer company Monica Mauro Designs focus on jewelry with natural stones and she even gets her own stones from local mines in places like Bisbee.

After her first few months in Phoenix Mauro began to go to trunk shows with her jewelry where she met Misha Mendicino who eventually told her about Phoenix Fashion Week.

Mauro made it as one of the contenders for Designer of the Year and won the first boot camp challenge. She won by going to 16 boutiques within three to four hours and securing three future clients, a far cry from her fist months trapped in her shell. Her clients now include JW Marriot at Camelback and Ridge and Ali’s Living in Scottsdale.

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About Monica Mauro Druzy Jewelry
The Monica Mauro jewelry line is a modern collection of Druzy jewelry which is designed to make a statement. Shop our entire collection on our website.

Monica Mauro, the Next Hottest Trend in Jewelry?

WILL OUR LOCAL DESIGNER, MONICA MAURO, BE THE NEXT HOTTEST TREND IN JEWELRY?

Phoenix Fashion Week has chosen three Emerging Accessory Designers to compete for Designer of the Year that will take place October 13-15 at Talking Stick Resort

Phoenix, AZ (July 7, 2016) – In this 4 month boot camp, the designers will be faced with multiple challenges, homework, attend workshops and seminars, make appointments with buyers, interview with media, meet short notice deadlines and have opportunities to display their collection and make direct retail sales at the two big events in August and October.

One of the challenges this past month was to visit the most boutiques in 5 hours and Monica was the winner visiting 16 boutiques in the Phoenix area making great connections with the local community.

These local and international designers have 3 weekends of intense training where they are given last minute challenges and the chance to meet who’s who in the fashion industry.

Monica Mauro says, “My vision is to add a natural sparkle to accentuate the wardrobe of every stylish woman.” Monica Mauro jewelry is perfect for adding this sparkle as she uses Druzy crystals in various forms in all of her designs. What sets her line apart from the rest of the pack is her use of Druzy beads in combination with other forms of these crystallized stones.

Phoenix Fashion Week will take place at the Talking Stick Resort from October 13-15, 2016. Along with the 3 Accessory Designers, there are 12 Apparel Designers and the Top 40 Model lineup with winners being announced from each category throughout this event. The winning designers will be awarded prize packages valued at over $10,000 in goods and services to assist them in successfully launching their brand.

MEDIA INFORMATION:
Follow Monica on Instagram #monicamaurodesigns       Facebook: monicamaurojewelry       Twitter: @monicagmauro

To request photos, interviews or for more information about Emerging Accessory Designer Monica Mauro, please contact Monica Mauro at MonicaMauroDesigns@hotmail.com or (214) 558-6770 or Scott Mauro (214) 417-4717 Scott@MonicaMauro.com


ABOUT MONICA MAURO DESIGNS
Monica Mauro Jewelry is designed to add a little extra sparkle to stylish women with natural stones. This line began with the mission of adding some glitz to unique designs using crystallized stones to compliment a simple but stylish outfit. Her designs are versatile and can be worn to dress up or to dress down. Monica’s current collection focuses on natural stones with a strong emphasis on the beauty of Druzy Agate. These agate stone form tiny quartz crystals which are found inside natural geodes and are perfect for Monica’s designs.  Monica Mauro jewelry can be found in the Phoenix area at various 5 star resorts and boutiques as well as other locations across the US. For more information about her line and locations please visit: www.MonicaMauro.com

ABOUT PHOENIX FASHION WEEK
Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest.  Our core purpose is to build sustainable brands from the ground up while pushing the Arizona fashion industry forward. The organization’s mission is ’Bridging Designers & Buyers’ through three pillars of fashion, education, and community. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week continues to gain rapid acclaim for its community service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. For more information, visit: www.phoenixfashionweek.com


Accessory Designer of the Year 2016

Monica Mauro is Contenders for Accessory Designer of the Year 2016

Monica Mauro is mentioned in this article: “Phoenix Fashion Week continues to grow in scope and stature” on Examier.com.

In 2006, Brian Hill, a St. Louis native, who graduated with an ASU degree in real estate and marketing, had a dream. Coming from a fashion design family, having experimented with selling tee shirts and ball caps, and having visited the New York Fashion Week, Hill was inspired to start Phoenix Fashion Week. What started out as a one-day event, is now a year-long series of fashion business events and activities for designers, models and thousands of fashionistas. On June 9, the 2016 kick-off was the Emerging Designer and Model Launch Party, which was held at LIVEWIRE in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This year, there are 12 vying for Emerging Designer of the Year. There are designers from several states, and as far away as Capetown, South Africa, and the Cayman Islands. Hill’s goal is to “Push Arizona Forward.” Some of that involves identifying, training and nurturing local designers. So five of the competitors (Aconav, Dinezhoon, Forgiven Love, Laura Tanzer, and Shelby Healy) are from Arizona. In addition, Arizonans (Monica Mauro, and Rhinestones and Relics) are two of the three contenders for Accessory Designer of the Year 2016.

Dri Creatore, a beginning designer who just moved from San Francisco, was in the audience on June 9. His thrill is in creating unconventional designs. “I like to evoke emotions and do it my way.” He enjoyed watching the creations that were previewed on the runway at LIVEWIRE.

On June 4, there had been been a Model of the Year Search at the Phoenix Premium Outlets. The top 40 models from that competition also got to walk down the runway at Livewire. Deividas and Cierra won the Headshot competition. During the next four months, they, and the other models and designers will enjoy modeling lessons, make-overs and business education, before Phoenix Fashion Week on October 13-15.

Also watching, on Thursday was model Julia Chaves’ family, who live in Scottsdale. Her father, Jeff Chaves said, “We are glad to see her having so much fun.” Chaves is only 15; so he is also happy about the safe developmental environment provided by Phoenix Fashion Week.

Hill’s business expertise and emphasis on “Fashion, Education and Community” make the Phoenix Fashion Week unique and have attracted major sponsors and generated respect for Arizona’s fashion industry; it is an evolving economic engine and tourist attraction for Arizona.

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About Monica Mauro Druzy Jewelry
The Monica Mauro jewelry line is a modern collection of Druzy jewelry which is designed to make a statement. Shop our entire collection on our website.


Druzy Jewelry Collection at Barrett-Jackson

I am excited to announce that I will be showcasing my Druzy Jewelry collection at Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale from January 23-31, 2016. Barrett-Jackson is widely recognized as the benchmark for the Collector Car Industry. Yet Barrett-Jackson is much more than just a car auction. Since its 1971 inception, Barrett-Jackson has experienced phenomenal growth and has evolved into a World Class Automotive Lifestyle Event, attracting people from all across the country as well as all over the world. The 2016 Scottsdale show will include close to 2000 vintage automobiles on the auction block. It is truly a sight to see!

The show starts at 8:00am on Saturday Jan 23 and runs daily until about 9:00 through Jan 31. I have a 10×10 booth space in location SP 45 and am positioned right in the center of all of the action. If you are in the Scottsdale area this week, you should definitely come and be part of the excitement and stop by and check out my latest one of a kind jewelry designs.


About Monica Mauro Druzy Jewelry
The Monica Mauro jewelry line is a modern collection of Druzy jewelry which is designed to make a statement. Shop our entire collection on our website.