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I was introduced to the fine art of handcrafted bootmaking as a little girl and it forever changed the way I looked at everything we wear and buy.

A few years later, when I was 12, I created a job for myself dusting collectibles at the only antique store within a 200 mile radius, just so I could hang out with owner-Matriarchs, Ruth and Helen, who gave me an awe-inspiring appreciation for design and the context within which things are made and used.

Both these experiences ignited an enduring passion for dedicated craft, inspired design and a compelling storyline.

And of course, delaCav is a direct expression of these personal inspirations, as well as those yet to come - which is where my little Blog here will take center stage ―as a visual narrative with some storyline.

I'll share my experiences as a designer & entrepreneur and highlight the people, places and things that are turning me on as I pursue my passion and share a little truth, beauty, freedom and love... one pair of boots at a time.

Christine de la Garza
Founder & Designer

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    Frida Kahlo has been an influence for many years. Long before Madonna snatched up so many paintings and reignited media attention on the enigmatic and unusual Frida.
As a Tex-Mexican American with a streak of the gypsy rogue in her, I couldn’t help but be magnetically drawn to the larger than life artist.
Her adoption of an indigenous wardrobe made her more beloved.  
(via In Pictures - Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe | AnOther)

    Frida Kahlo has been an influence for many years. Long before Madonna snatched up so many paintings and reignited media attention on the enigmatic and unusual Frida.

    As a Tex-Mexican American with a streak of the gypsy rogue in her, I couldn’t help but be magnetically drawn to the larger than life artist.

    Her adoption of an indigenous wardrobe made her more beloved.  

    (via In Pictures - Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe | AnOther)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd 2013

    Source anothermag.com

    The Road Not Taken


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claimBecause it was grassy and wanted wear,Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I marked the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to wayI doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference. 

Robert Frost

    The Road Not Taken

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I marked the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference. 

    Robert Frost

    Posted on Wednesday, July 18th 2012

    If you are a writer or want to be.  If you long for more time to muse.  If you pine for inspiration.  This is one of the most wonderful books to read, own, give, get.
I have a vintage copy I keep and dozens I’ve given as gifts.
Originally written in the 30’s by author Brenda Ueland  - it’s a must have for any writer, no matter your genre of choice.
(via Amazon.com: If You Want To Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit (9781935785576): Brenda Ueland: Books)

    If you are a writer or want to be.  If you long for more time to muse.  If you pine for inspiration.  This is one of the most wonderful books to read, own, give, get.

    I have a vintage copy I keep and dozens I’ve given as gifts.

    Originally written in the 30’s by author Brenda Ueland  - it’s a must have for any writer, no matter your genre of choice.

    (via Amazon.com: If You Want To Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit (9781935785576): Brenda Ueland: Books)

    Posted on Friday, January 6th 2012

    Source amazon.com

    In another life, I had the honor of singing with the enigmatic Alejandro Escovedo in his Orchestra, which was one early incarnation of Alejandro’s evolution from punk rocker to poet musician & storyteller.  
I had just started singing with my first band, Too Solid Flesh and I was finding my voice as a singer and a songwriter, when I met Alejs.  He had been in hiatus after his longtime band, Rank & File, broke up. But one night at Liberty Lunch, after my band opened, he quietly stepped out on the stage with a guitar… sat down on the edge of the stage face to face with the crowd… and he broke my heart with a ballad.
No one knew he would be there that night and those who were there, remember it. I honestly didn’t know anything about Alejandro when I met him. I only knew that I had to meet him after that quiet acoustic set.
Five days later, I started singing with Al in a small band comprised of veteran musicians Hector Munoz, JD Foster, Danny Glover and amateurs Chris Knight & myself. 
Over time, the Orchestra grew to 14 members and together we traveled like gypsies and shut down SxSW five years in a row. [I think Alejandro still does this today].  
It was a magical time in my life.  How many young singer/songwriters can say they’ve been mentored by a Songwriter’s songwriter?  
The music saved me. Singing set me free. Songwriting always gets me back to the Truth. Alejandro is an lightening rod for all of the above.
This weekend Alejandro will be showcased over three days at The Rubin Museum: http://www.rmanyc.org/events/load/1396
Come out if you can. It’ll make you very happy.
(via Rubin Museum of Art:Alejandro Escovedo)

    In another life, I had the honor of singing with the enigmatic Alejandro Escovedo in his Orchestra, which was one early incarnation of Alejandro’s evolution from punk rocker to poet musician & storyteller.  

    I had just started singing with my first band, Too Solid Flesh and I was finding my voice as a singer and a songwriter, when I met Alejs.  He had been in hiatus after his longtime band, Rank & File, broke up. But one night at Liberty Lunch, after my band opened, he quietly stepped out on the stage with a guitar… sat down on the edge of the stage face to face with the crowd… and he broke my heart with a ballad.

    No one knew he would be there that night and those who were there, remember it. I honestly didn’t know anything about Alejandro when I met him. I only knew that I had to meet him after that quiet acoustic set.

    Five days later, I started singing with Al in a small band comprised of veteran musicians Hector Munoz, JD Foster, Danny Glover and amateurs Chris Knight & myself. 

    Over time, the Orchestra grew to 14 members and together we traveled like gypsies and shut down SxSW five years in a row. [I think Alejandro still does this today].  

    It was a magical time in my life.  How many young singer/songwriters can say they’ve been mentored by a Songwriter’s songwriter?  

    The music saved me. Singing set me free. Songwriting always gets me back to the Truth. Alejandro is an lightening rod for all of the above.

    This weekend Alejandro will be showcased over three days at The Rubin Museum:
     http://www.rmanyc.org/events/load/1396

    Come out if you can. It’ll make you very happy.

    (via Rubin Museum of Art:Alejandro Escovedo)

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16th 2011

    Source rmanyc.org