13 Aug Meet Michel Marbel: Fashion Model and Founder of Vivify Boutique Dallas, TX
SLTV: Hi Michel, I’ve seen photos from Vivify Boutique on Social Media and just love the style, so I wanted to get to know more! Tell us about who you are, where you’re from, and your journey into the fashion world?
MM: My name is Michel Torres, a woman who always aspires to become a better version of herself. As I child I grew up in Mexico and moved to Laredo, Texas where I lived most of my young adult life. After relocating to Dallas with family, pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration in Human Resources, I decided to stop working for corporate America and become my own boss. I began a fashion career in modeling with Alice Laura Modeling Agency, who I still represent, and through this opportunity, I have met fashion icons, photographers, models, and designers such as Ese Azenabor. As I became more influenced and connected, I wanted to become more involved from a business aspect and start my own fashion boutique.
SLTV: Tell us about Vivify Boutique? What inspired you to start a boutique, and how long have you been in business?
MM: Vivify Boutique was created through the same passion I had for building solid relationships with women in the industry who support and uplift each other. Vivify means to, be animated, enliven, energized, invigorated, and vitalized. When building my brand, I wanted to make sure that my business represented all this, especially embracing self-love. So, I came up with the word Vivify! My brand encourages community versus competition, embracing natural beauty, and self- love. I am passionate about spreading my brand message through fashion models of all color, shapes, and sizes, aka my Vivify Dolls. We are a group of women who love to network, collaborate, and model as brand ambassadors.
SLTV: What three words best represent your boutique brand, and do you have a signature product that you hope makes your customers feel just that?
MM: I want my clients to always feel vivid through fashion, but most importantly through body and mind positivity. I genuinely believe that how you dress equals to how you will feel about yourself. To vivify themselves, by putting on a pleated skirt instead of yoga pants and automatically feel more cheerful. Positivity is a state of mind that we can control simply by self-love and self- care. I will also be releasing a signature jean pant that simply makes one feel good about themselves and their body. The three words that best describe my brand are self-love, enliven, and unique.
SLTV:You’re also having a launch party, congratulations! When is the official launch date and how can people shop and support Vivify boutique?
MM: We are officially launching our website Monday, August 24, 2020! All shoppers will be able to shop online and through ourÂ Facebook and Instagram @Vififyboutique.