Our DS7 Family
Benita is our Co-Founder and CEO was born in South America and grew up near Amsterdam. B as everyone calls her,is a self-proclaimed “triple immigrant,” arrived in the United States in 2007 with her teenage daughter and a suitcase full of shoes. She followed her love of footwear and accessories as the Director of Sales for a luxury handbag brand, followed by a stint at a New York Sample Sale Company. Shortly thereafter, she landed at an old school custom leather atelier in South Orange, New Jersey with a vision to make leather goods. She cleaned up the shop, and with a team of 8 expert Russian shoemakers, fitted and made over 2,000 pairs of bespoke shoes. She also led custom footwear projects for the Met Opera, several Broadway musicals and feature films. In 2019, after beating cancer, B and her partner Tony, started planning DS7, a small luxury footwear and accessory house. With her in-depth knowledge of the luxury & mid-market, her lifelong passion for leather, she travelled to Italy and Spain to visit factories and tanneries. She now splits her time between Brooklyn and Orange, NJ. Wanderlust takes her back to Europe several times a year to catch up on trends, food and family. She loves country walks with her husband, Tony, and their pooch Libby.
My name is Alex Duran Bozo and I’m Bolivian American. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved shoes and purses. So, when it came time to advance in my professional career, I decided that I would pursue an MPS in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management. After I finished all my courses, I got a message from Benita who was interested in my background in finance and my love for fashion. It was a perfect match. I was able to apply everything I learned in my master’s program and grow as a fashion professional in so many ways by learning from her. My job as head of sourcing and the development portion of the fashion business is a dream come true. I wholeheartedly believe in DS7 and what it represents.
My name is Paula Sofia Arias, and I am a Sophomore at LIM college. I got the opportunity to intern at DS7 after exhibiting promising marketing skills and carrying a passion to work under such a dedicated, luxury fashion shoe brand. I plan to exert and improve my experience here, and I couldn't be more excited!