We had the good fortune of connecting with Marisa Bosquez-White and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marisa, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I think the most important lesson my business has taught me is to stay true to myself and my design direction. It is my distinct look and aesthetic that has earned me my clients. I try to remain true to my singular vision and avoid jumping on trends in my industry. I sometimes question myself, but I always come back to this timeless advice- be yourself. I am aware I am not for everyone, but I am very happy with the clientele I attract. I try to only showcase work I want to do more of.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a self trained floral designer. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be an “artist”; I feel that in flowers I have found my perfect medium. My floral style can be described as romantic, moody and haunting- I am undeniably drawn to strange beauty. I adore the traditional floral beauties like roses, peonies and the like, but I get equally excited by roadside grasses. I am always on the lookout for new and unusual materials to use in my work. I am proud to say that I have done flowers for nearly 60 weddings in the past 3 years. I have built my business completely on my own- literally on my kitchen table. My motto is, “it ain’t what you got, it’s what you make” (a lyric from one of my favorite music duos- Shovels and Rope). I am my business- web design, client communication, flower processing, designing, ect. I studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of New York. From there, I worked in the fashion industry for a number of years- as a designer and at times in retail. My longest stint was at a large well known company designing fashion jewelry. At some point, I realized it wasn’t for me anymore and I was desperate for a big change. I started researching things I could pursue and I kept coming back to flowers. After my wedding, I decided to take a huge leap if faith and quit my corporate job to work at a quaint local flower shop in Dallas, Texas. I quickly ended up managing that flower shop and worked there for a year before moving to the LA. I worked for a few different floral designers/shops in the LA area before launching my own business. I was approached by someone whom I met at a party about doing their wedding flowers and it grew from there. It was challenging to start a business in a new city where I knew nearly no one. I decided I needed to advertise on a wedding website in order to get my name out there, it was nearly the only investment I made in my business. It proved to be a great idea, that is up until Covid hit us. My industry has taken a nosedive this year- I was able to do a few weddings before the lock down and restrictions were set in place. Nearly all of my 2020 weddings have been postponed till 2021- which is for the best. I also found out I was pregnant a few weeks after LA shut down- this year has been such rollercoaster. I am so happy to be expecting my first child in spite of the fact that the world is upside down. I am just trying to stay afloat and survive. This crisis will be the biggest challenge to my business yet- I am adding safe contactless deliveries to my floral services as well as creating some floral inspired merchandise, which is something I have been wanting to do for a while. I know we will eventually recover from all this mess and I will be ready to get back to flower-ing.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When friends come to visit, I usually take them to Matador Beach, The Getty, Griffith Observatory and Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. I am a vegetarian, so my favorite food spots to hit up are in that category- Trejo’s tacos (they have great veggie options), Follow Your Heart Market & Cafe in Canoga Park (if your out at the Malibu beaches, you can drive through a scenic canyon and to eat here), Stuff I Eat in Inglewood for vegan soul food, Bloom and Plume in Echo Park for coffee and snacks, Teamorrow in South Pasadena for boba milk tea (my favorite beverage), Senor Fish for killer veggie enchiladas and Gracias Madre for upscale vegan Mexican food. I also love Watts Towers, it is such a unique spot in the city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The idea of my business formed while I was working a corporate design job. I was absolutely miserable and had been contemplating a major change for years. After I got married, I decided I need to change up my work situation in order to be a better partner. I wanted to be as happy in my career as I was in other parts of my life. I approached my husband about the crazy idea to quit my “good” job and take a job in a local flower shop. He was on supportive from the start when nearly no one else thought it was a good idea. He somehow believed in me and had faith I would succeed in my new path. It has been a challenging few years, but he has encouraged me every step of the way.

Website: https://www.floresdebosquez.com/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/floresdebosquez
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisa-bosquez-white-a858356/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/floresdebosquez/
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/flores-de-bosquez-south-pasadena

Image Credits
image #1 – Isaiah & Taylor Photography image#3 – Wild Heart Visuals image #6- Michael Segal Photography image #7- Isaiah & Taylor Photography

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