We had the good fortune of connecting with Dario Selvini and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dario, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risks are everything. I love them. Of course, embracing a risk with a well thought plan and projection makes your decision easier to take. But sometimes, the opportunity will not give us time to study every single side of the situation, specially in this new era.
What to do in this case? Just follow your feelings. This is the hard part, because we prefer certainty to be 100% sure on what we are doing, but the best results always come following this rule.
My life and career completely changed when I decided to give up a respectable and well paid working position back in Italy. Most people around me were thinking that I was crazy, saying that was the opportunity of a life time. And yes, they were right: it was an opportunity of a life time, but not mine! How I knew that? Because I knew my feelings!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
A smile. Seeking to give a smile was, and is, the first step to start a project. By this, I’m not just meaning to make people happy, but also to put a smile on oceans’, nature’s and animals’ faces. While doing business.

The first time this scheme was accomplished was with the launch of “La Pausa Suntibe”, a swimwear brand that produces pieces out of a textile made by 93% recycled fishing nets and micro-plastics & 7% zero waste spandex. As we are supporters of reforestation and oceans clean-ups, every collection have a different parallel project. For example, for every swimsuit sold this year, we preserve 20 square meters of virgin rainforest in Kalimantan, Indonesia for 20 years.

Lately, I’m focusing my efforts on “Bohēme Tulum”, a beauty sanctuary providing mindful-care, sustainable shopping and conscious brands located in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. All the beauty treatments are done using organic products only and the items that we display are made by brands that must have a social or ecological project behind.

Is doing conscious business easy? I must say no, specially when more than one country is involved in the process and when you want to affirm your name in a consumerist word. As we are at the beginnings of a new way of thinking and buying (slow and sustainable, finally!), production-wise everything is more expensive. And explain it to customers takes his time and studies. Said this, I’m really happy because in the last few years I notice a constant improvement of people involved in sustainability, and with great ideas to share. And yes, we need more “collaboration over competition” if we want this works correctly!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As I’m actually living in Tulum, Mexico, here are some suggestions if you are planning to explore this amazing area. I felt in love with it some years ago and the reason was the kind of calm that you can find here. Nowadays Tulum is expanding at sight and it’s getting busier and busier, but for sure you can still find a lot of places where you want to be. One of those is the pure jungle, house of an incredible numbers of different animals and mayan ruins. If you are looking for some crystal clear sea go to Playa Paraiso and Sian Ka’an reserve, for some fancy and delicious food I’ll suggest km 3 of the hotel zone and for some inspiring live music, let Centauro Street, in the centre, take you for a dance. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ok, time to be grateful. I’ll start with a big thank you to all the smiling good people that I had the pleasure to met during my first travels. Coming from a city full of rivalry and competitiveness, I was a shocked to see how people can be happy, simple and with no need to demonstrate and show materialistic things. Those masters of happiness taught me what it really means to be rich: have a true and contagious smile. And yes, I also have to thank my home city that allows me to encounter my master and disciple, business and lifelong partner in crime, Andrea. Everyone deserves someone that believes in your potential and do whatever to push you where you belong, easy is the process or not.

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Other: Instagram: @lapausasuntribe @bohemenailbar

Image Credits
Dario Selvini – La Pausa Suntribe – Bohēme Tulum

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