I’m really excited about all the great collaborations up and coming designer Melissa Soto has on the horizon. This in demand designer currently a designer for Ring of Fire, a menswear apparel company selling to big retailers such as Macys, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. The company also owns a contemporary high end menswear brand called Departed where she focuses on designing leather pieces. On the side, she is doing freelance designing for Buemia, a hip start up shoe company based in Miami.
Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Soto is a creative, confident and experienced fashion designer with extensive knowledge of the fashion industry on a global scale. Ever the world influencer, she finished her bachelor’s degree from the University of Buenos Aires, the biggest and most well known design school in Latin America. Before even graduating, she was working for two of the most prominent brands in her native country (Jazmin Chebar and Zapatos De María). Design was always her true passion, and her focus was always on shoes, handbags and accessories design. She came to Los Angeles two years ago to focus on expanding her thriving career. She recently finished a Certificate program at UCLA Extension focused in Marketing with concentration in Social Media and Web Analytics which provides a business perspective to her limitless creative skills.
Soto was bestowed with a noted Cambridge Career Award in Graphic Design and well known celebrities such as Barbara Palvin and Jennifer Pugh have worn her whimsical designs in addition to Argentinian celebrities such as Juliana Awada (Argentine First Lady), supermodel Astrid Munoz, actress Dolores Fonzi, model Romina Lanaro, Agustina Cordova, Daniela Botero (model and blogger). Her work has appeared in several magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar Argentina, Hola! Mag and other renowned Argentine magazines. She has also made illustrations for the much buzzed about LA-based Galore mag.
As for what inspires all this artistic genius, Soto had this to say, “I have always enjoyed art, since I was really small I liked to draw people. When I became older I realize I started paying more attention on what people where wearing, the materials, the colors. I use to draw pieces I liked and strated putting outfits together on paper. Then my mom gave me my first sewing machine when I was still in high school, and my grandmother took me to the Buenos Aires fashion district all the time to buy fabrics (she had her own kids clothing store back in the day) so I started making my own handbags and clothes. Experimenting at least.” And Soto’s humble experimentation has led to a successful career on a global scale.
More info about Soto at on her instagram page, which is https://www.instagram.com/_melisoto/