Mitzi, Founder & CEO
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.
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 Livie & Luca 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.
Our process is
infused with joy.
Livie & Luca is about handmade shoes of extraordinary comfort and durability, expertly designed for the healthy development of your little one’s precious feet.
We’re about brightly colored velvety soft leathers, bold designs and whimsical modern touches.
We’re about a highly collaborative design process involving all our employees, our customers and the ambassadors of our brand: the children who wear them.
We’re about creating an emotional connection between you and our product. Our designs are personal, touched with heartfelt details. We hope they’ll be a part of your happy memories.
We are about building a better world for our children. We work to positively impact children's lives around the country through our charitable giving program.
We’re about working with the earth in mind. We believe even the smallest steps towards caring for our planet can make a huge difference, especially when we all get involved.
We're about taking chances and jumping right in.
We’re about creating straight from the heart, bringing our little leaps of joy to you in each pair of shoes.