We had the good fortune of connecting with Angilina Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angilina, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from Santa Barbara, California. I grew up in an entrepreneurial family. My great grandfather Douglas started a hardwood floor company in 1928, that my grandfather then took over, then my father and uncle, and now my cousin. We grew up on Douglas Lane, when the road was paved they named it after my great grandfather. We lived together, all on the same street, worked together, played together, for good or bad, thick and thin, it’s always been a family affair. I think being brought up around that environment I always wanted to start something of my own. You see the freedom in it, time is yours, yet the struggle in, every problem is yours, but regardless it is yours. I always struggled with corporate life, it just wasn’t for me.
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.
The shoes you wear tell a story all on their own. So much can be learned about a person just by their shoes. Our shoes are wearable pieces of art crafted from upcycled and artisan leathers. Each component tells a story and when you wear them we want you to feel the craftsmanship and thought that is put into each piece. I spent 15 years in the corporate footwear industry before we launched 5028. It was a learning journey, and I slowly chugged my way up the ladder. It wasn’t hard, but it wasn’t easy, I got used to elbowing my way in and I was laser focussed on what I wanted – I always wanted to learn more, understand more so I could do better at my job and improve my talents. One of my biggest learnings has been to always be kind and foster the careers of the people that worked under me. I wanted to do for others what wasn’t always done for me. To teach designers looking to expand their careers, to listen to what people want for their lives, to nurture that and watch it grow, that’s where the real reward is.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well we live in the Roaring Fork Valley. If we had friends coming up and covid was not an issue. A day on Aspen Highlands followed by apres at Cloud Nine and an evening of music at the Belly Up in Aspen. The next day we would have to go to the Village Smithy in Carbondale for breakfast and follow up with a hike up To Mushroom Rock, a soak at Ironmountain Hot Springs and finish with fish tacos and a margarita at Slope n’ Hatch in Glenwood Springs. We have kids so we would have to be on vacation too! Lol!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My grandparents. They always encouraged me to get out and explore the world. Find what makes me tick.