I'm Temís, a Harlem-born New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent (or Nuyorican as we are called here). I founded Volver Workshop in 2020 in Brooklyn after spending 3 years living in Spain.
In 2017, I was working a full-time corporate fashion job in Barcelona when a random chat with a local shopkeeper sparked an interest in traditional shoemaking. Shortly after, I met a Catalan master shoemaker by the name of Carlos Piñol Palacios and trained with him to learn the essentials of pattern-making, lasting and fit.
When I moved back to Brooklyn at the end of 2020, I left my corporate career, rented a studio space and started building my own designs. I called the project Volver Workshop. Volver means "to return" in Spanish, and making shoes by hand is my way of returning to that passion I once felt for creating and wearing beautiful and unique objects.
I owe my beginnings in shoemaking to my teacher Carlos, mentors Catu & Ignacio of @aldanondoyfdez and to the wonderful and creative community in and around Barcelona for all their guidance and support.
Do you want to talk shoe design, material innovation or about your favorite tea spot? Email me! : firstname.lastname@example.org