Ari Montanez



Hey, what’s up, I’m Ari Montanez

As a child I loved to draw, so much so, that I would get in trouble just to be sent to the principal's office and sketch. Instead of being sent to the principal's office one day, I was sent home and then directly to my room. In my boredom, checking out my favorite Lebron shoes, I discovered a DVD in the shoe box. It was the design process of Nike's Jason Petrie. I found my passion that day and my dream career.

I have been chasing this dream since high school when I was accepted into the Pensole Intensive at MIT. That program is what brought me to ArtCenter. As a designer, I want to guide the emotional experience from start to finish, from concept generation all the way to marketing strategies.

I want to create products that empower people and create confidence. As I follow cultural trends and blend styles, I want to explore the universality of my design work and allow people to elevate their mindset.

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    No.One Footwear
    Junior Footwear Designer
    October 2017 - Present
    Venice, CA

    Shoe Surgeon Studios
    Hand-crafted Footwear Apprenticeship
    March 2015 - September 2017
    Los Angeles, CA

    Puma North America
    Merchandising and Product Internship
    September 2016 - January 2017
    Boston, MA

    Pony Sportswear
    Footwear Design Intern (Running)
    May 2015 - August 2015
    New York, NY

    Android Homme
    Footwear Design Internship
    August 2014 - January 2015
    Los Angeles, CA

    Etonic Brand
    Footwear Design Internship
    March 2013 - January 2014
    New York, NY

  • Publications

    Ivan By Mission Workshop
    February 2017

    Core Strengths

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