By Teresa Dovalpage, For The Taos Information
Rose’s Fashion Home in Taos has a comfy, but modern really feel to it with a comfortable leather-based couch underneath the chandelier lamp, Audrey Hepburn posters, with mannequins dressed to the nines in hats and glowing jewellery.
You may browse the racks and cabinets or simply sit and have an excellent chat with the proprietor, Rose Martinez.
“I really like fashion,” she mentioned. “I'm so completely happy for having an opportunity to share it with different women. Fashion isn’t frivolous; it will also be empowering and validating.”
Martinez says she has all the time been fascinated with garments and design, nevertheless it wasn’t till a yr in the past that she might carry her dream mission, her very personal “home of fashion,” to life.
“Now I'm having enjoyable with it,” she mentioned.
She has inspirational indicators in every single place, similar to, “Profitable women nonetheless have their toes on the bottom, they simply have higher sneakers.”
And whereas you will discover sneakers of many alternative sorts at Rose’s Fashion Home, excessive heels are within the majority.
“Some are actually snug,” Martinez mentioned assuringly. “Don’t be intimidated by excessive heels. When you get used to them, you don’t even discover you might have them on.”
Rose’s Fashion Home has an eclectic stock, totally on the trendy aspect. There are outfits for particular events, like promenade attire, in addition to work ensembles, blouses and skirts.
“The ‘little black costume’ is my outdated-time favourite,” she mentioned. “It’s nonetheless a necessary a part of any girl’s wardrobe. So easy and stylish, and you may put on all types of equipment to decorate it up or down.”
She has a wide range of little black attire in lots of sizes and types.
“I carry a big number of title-model, traditional clothes to fulfill the wants [of] each girl at all ages,” she mentioned. “However I favor attire. They make you are feeling like a princess, a businesswoman or an on a regular basis profitable girl.”
Martinez’s aim is to study extra within the areas of design and fashion consulting to combine them into her enterprise.
“I wish to assist women specific their interior magnificence through the way in which they current themselves,” Martinez mentioned.
Martinez was born and raised in Taos. She attended the College of New Mexico and obtained an affiliate diploma in early childhood training. She at present works at Enos Garcia Elementary as an academic assistant for Distinctive Applications.
“I really like working with kids and serving to them with their day by day and tutorial wants,” she mentioned. “The workers is wonderful as nicely, however the children are those that make the job satisfying.”
Martinez mentioned she has all the time had a creative aspect.
“Once I was elevating my kids, I loved portray, wooden burning retablos, stitching fiesta tops and skirts,” she mentioned. “On the time, these initiatives met my want to precise myself as an artist. Fortuitously, I now have the time and want to assist different women appear and feel their finest and, on the identical time, use my eye for design to assist them uncover or create their very own model.”
Martinez can be a talented seamstress.
“My daughter was a cheerleading coach at Taos Excessive College for 10 years,” she mentioned. “Someday, she got here residence and requested me to make her a fiesta shirt. Once I mentioned sure, she advised me, ‘Nice, Mother, now I would like 25 – for all the women within the staff.’ And I made them, in fact.”
Three years in the past, Martinez made 100 blouses.
“I used a easy sample and made them fairly and comfy,” she mentioned. “The women liked them. However that was a variety of work!”
Martinez’s 4 kids dwell in Taos, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Colorado Springs.
“They're robust supporters of my enterprise enterprise,” she mentioned. “I'm doing this for them as nicely. I would love for Rose’s Fashion Home to turn into a household-run enterprise so I can depart a legacy for my kids and grandchildren.”
For Martinez, the very best factor about having her personal enterprise is the flexibleness she has with it.
“I can spotlight a particular accent or deal with the way it suits a costume,” she mentioned. “I can transfer gadgets round, play with them. ... The success of my enterprise is in my palms, and that could be a highly effective factor.”
As for probably the most difficult half, she admits that it has been selling the shop and understanding how one can community.
“Once I was in search of an excellent location, it was exhausting to search out an inexpensive house,” she mentioned. “This led me to opening the shop in my residence, and I'm glad I did.”
She not too long ago joined Las Comadres in Commerce and considers it to be among the best enterprise choices she’s ever made.
“The networking that has come from this group has strengthened my skill to advertise my enterprise and has given me a push to get my title on the market,” she mentioned. “I really feel blessed to be a part of this group of wonderful, supportive women.”