As a first-generation Latina, I grew up determined to work hard and make a better life for myself and my family. Despite a learning disability, I studied all night and graduated at the top of my class. I went on to UC Berkeley, then a doctoral program.
Yet, all along, I knew that the conventional definition of “success” didn’t quite fit. For me, success meant bringing people together to heal; living a life filled with purpose; honoring and serving the divine self. I tried many paths: providing health
education for women and migrants, becoming a professional makeup artist, and working at a Fortune 500 company.
Then, in 2005, I came across a pair of beautiful, handmade kids shoes designed like little red foxes. I held them in my hand, admiring the fine details — the care and craftsmanship, the creative yet timeless design — and something inside me shifted. In that moment, I found my path to joy.
It meant stepping off the manicured path, into a wilder, riskier, more uncertain place. I didn’t know exactly where it would lead; I only knew I had to follow my heart. I was scared, but I found my courage, and I took the leap.
Today, that same maverick spirit is at the heart of Livie and Luca. We are a beloved apparel brand known for our daring, imaginative designs that support kids’ well-being, inside and out.
But more than that, we are a vibrant community of people who do things differently, who create space to hear each other and be heard, who courageously seek our own paths to joy. I invite you to join us on the journey.
Mitzi Rivas, Co-Founder, Livie & Luca
Amie’s first job out of college was as a bilingual elementary school teacher in economically challenged neighborhoods. During the 10 years she taught, she found herself enjoying many of the voluntary leadership roles that are necessary to make a difference in such communities. After teaching she went on to become an elementary school administrator for several years. In leadership is where she found true fulfillment.Always committed to making a difference in children’s lives, Amie saw the opportunity to do this at Livie & Luca where she could focus on the healthy foot development of kids. At L & L she is able to marry her passion for function and health to Mitzi’s zeal for style and design, all while offering her skills as a compassionate leader, dedicated to her team.