We had the good fortune of connecting with Debbie Bebe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debbie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago called Hinsdale! My parents immigrated to the US from Taiwan. Growing up I was embarrassed by my Chinese heritage since I was one of the few Asians at my school. It wasn’t until I moved to LA when I was 19 to pursue my fashion career that I found my true identity. I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t have any relatives in LA so I was alone and had to do everything myself for the first time. My college didn’t have a dorm or campus so I got my own apartment and dealt with things I never had to before like the electricity bill, car payments and cooking for myself. Being by myself made me venture out to make new friends and find new hobbies. Now I have an open mind when it comes to meeting people and trying new things. I call LA my home and have a strong sense of community here and I’m proud to be Chinese American.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career in fashion was not easy. It is a wide market with a lot of competition for little pay. I originally wanted to do something in Fashion Design; designing clothes, sewing and planning runway shows. It was hard to find a job after I graduated but eventually my friend introduced me to a small online clothing store. I immediately loved the e-commerce side of the fashion industry. I learned everything I could in that start-up company from buying wholesale clothes, styling models for photoshoots and uploading them onto the website with descriptions, prices and measurements. Something I’ve learned along the way is time management and efficiency. I had to deal with lots of deadlines and I had to communicate with other departments and make them all work together to meet those deadlines. For my Instagram I wanted to combine my passion for Fashion and Travel together.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I want to say Los Angeles has never been boring. There is always something going on, a new pop up, a new museum exhibit or a new art gallery and endless new places to eat! I would show my best friend some touristy spots, Instagram-worthy areas, 4 star restaurants (she likes to eat fancy) and some hidden gems. We are known to have a packed schedule because we like to see and do everything since she is only in town for a short period of time. Some touristy spots would be The Getty, The Broad, Wisdome LA, Malibu Beach, Venice Canals and shopping at Rodeo Drive. I would also take her to see a movie on a rooftop at the Rooftop Cinema Club, a Broadway show at the Pantages, a concert at the Santa Ana Observatory, a magic show at Black Rabbit Rose, burlesque at Au Lac, Descanso Gardens Forest of Light exhibit at night and speakeasies like the Adults Only Bar. For Instagram spots I would take her to the Sunken City, ride swan boats at Echo Park and check out the glass church in Rancho Palos Verdes. For food we could do afternoon Tea at the Peninsula, Firefly, Bestia and yummy Taiwanese food & boba in Arcadia like Din Tai Fung. Some hidden gems are the Wizard of Oz Garden. We could also do a day trip to Lancaster to see Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch, The Kill Bill Church and the latest art installation by Art in Residence. There is also the possibility of a weekend roadtrip to Joshua Tree with stops at Salton Sea and Bombay Beach. The list is endless and more things will come up and change the itinerary depending on the season! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am nothing without my family & friends support. I especially want to thank my mom for letting me follow my dreams and my best friend/life coach Melissa. Also, my boyfriend Nick who is forever patient with me and helping me whenever I need someone to bounce ideas off of.
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