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Some might consider Javier Echenike to
be royalty. He comes from a distinguished
family in Spain where his father was one of
the founding fathers of television and radio
industry and his mother, an inspiring artist.
His grandfather, Angel de Enchenique
Pardo, served as Secretary General for the
Pardo Museum in Madrid. From Spain via
Argentina, Echenike has arrived in South
Florida with a passion to create and a brand to
back it up.
The 44-year-old Echenike, a masculine
man who is clearly on the rise in society,
introduced his designs at the International
Polo Tournament in Wellington, Fla. and
Miami Beach Gay Pride. His logo, Echenike
says, is registered in all fifty U.S. states.
Doug Ames, of Fort Lauderdale, is one of
Echenike's biggest fans. Ames, a real estate
agent, recently collaborated with Echenike on
an Aston Martin tour of homes and says the
designer's skills are quite worldly.
"He has a unique style because of his
international background," Ames said.
That background includes a life in Argentina,
an intriguing international romance and his
fondness for the spiritual realm. During an
interview with SFGN at his model home in
Wilton Manors, Echenike talked about how
events in his life inspired him to be an artist.
"There is beauty in everything," Echenike
He is wearing a deep blue collared short-
sleeve shirt with a large orange oval insignia
on the chest. This is his brand symbol.
"Since I was a child I have been drawing eyes
and oval forms," he says in a thick Spanish
Echenike says the eyes have a feline factor
to them. At his custom made home, cats roam
freely around the pool. Inside, a living room
table features magazines of Echenike-directed
photo shoots and designs.
Understanding clients, Echenike says, is
an important part of his work. To create there
must first be comfort.
"He's very fresh and current," Ames
remarked. "There's also this gregarious aura
Echenike credits this aura to a four-
week course on the topic of forgiveness.
He expressed gratitude for the "Bridges of
Wellness" program he attends regularly in
Wilton Manors, where he participates in yoga
exercises and learns Reiki sharing.
"I started practicing yoga nine years ago
when I lived in Buenos Aires and since then
I have not stopped, it is essential to keep
physically and mentally balanced," he said. "It
is a philiosophy of life, a healing therapy."
Echenike said Reiki, a stress reduction
technique derived from the Japanese culture,
has given him new direction in life.
"It helps me focus on my life and unlock the
chakras, the energy centers of our body," he
said. "I feel much more vital and focused."
Echenike is very focused on establishing
his brand in South Florida while being true to
himself and his roots. His mother is a painter
and piano teacher in Madrid, the capital city of
Spain. His father, deceased.
"It was a conservative family," Echenike
said. "Not easy at all."
Easy meaning that Echenike knew he was
gay, but could never tell his father. His mother
knows and while her first reaction to the
news was one of disapproval, she has grown,
Echenike said, to love him more.
"You are the one create me," he asked his
mother. "How do you not like me?"
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