We had the good fortune of connecting with Alan Montes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alan, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
One thing that outsiders are absolutely not aware of is, styling is not glamorous. What happens behind the scenes will remain a secret but let me tell you, it’s a lot of work and I’m constantly sweating.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a collaborative experience. It’s everyone’s art, from hair to make up, to the eye of the photographer and the movement from the model. But my art comes from an idea, an inspiration from many places. With that being said I’m also inspired by the unconventional, and when I think about flipping a dress upside-down because I like the bottom texture, or wearing a skirt as a dress that is the thought process that sets me apart from others. When I first started I didn’t have much to work with, so I used what I had and made it work. It wasn’t easy at first, I was blacklisted in most department stores and that is what catapulted me into working with independent designers, which till this day, I still do. One major lesson that I’ve learned is what a designer once told me “One hand washes another” this is my mantra, and relationships in this industry are crucial.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Showing friends that are visiting from out of town is my absolutely favorite. I get to play tourist in my backyard. Having a week long trip means San Diego, Orange county, and of course Los Angeles plus 2 down days where we could hang out by the pool with cocktails. In San Diego I would do old Town. Old Town is super cute and I love how fun and vibrant everything is. Balboa park is next followed by Hotel Coronado. Orange county has so many places to choose from but I narrow it down to Old Town Orange, where antique shopping is life. Lunch is right around the corner in down town Santa Ana where I found a place for Quesabirria! That’s a quesadilla with birria yum… My top stops in Los Angeles would be Abbot Kinney for some shopping, Tsukemen (dipping ramen) in Santa Monica and finish hard with fresh shaved raspados on Santa Monica blvd. P.s I am a foodie 😉
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shot out to all the teams I’ve worked with, the designers I work with, the showrooms I pull from, My partner my mother, but if I have to give a name… Wilford Lenov, girl… you believed in me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.