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

Hi Rafael, how does your business help the community?
My business was started on providing face masks that not only help keep you safe, but look great as well. As someone who has loved to add a bit of flare to my personal style I knew I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like most of the masks out there. I knew there were people out there who want to stay safe but, especially during these times, want to also find joy in something they have to wear everyday now, to want to put on the mask. Stay Safe, Stay Chic.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist, I think what sets me most apart is I appreciate all art forms, and that helps me tremendously. I work in Fashion but i am fascinated by films, photography, makeup, and almost all art forms. I am proud that I am working for a company designing handbags that truly values my input. I am also super proud that when the pandemic hit, everyone who knew how to started creating masks. I was able to keep a good clientele despite how much face masks began to oversaturate all over the market. It definitely wasn’t easy. As mentioned, everyone was selling face masks. I was confident in my personal taste that I would be able to create a product that would make me stand out. I learned that no matter how many voices are telling you, it won’t work, if you are passionate about it , you have to try. I think I would want the world to know is you can really love what you do, it’s not just an inspirational quote that is typed on top of some aesthetically pleasing instagram photo you see scrolling through your feed.

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.
I live in West Hollywood California. I have everything I and they could ever want. We would walk down to Melrose place first and stop at Alfreds Coffee for a Latte. If it’s a Sunday, walk down the farmers market eating some of their delicious pastries. Make sure we have dinner reservations at Catch LA, which is also walking distance. Some of the best sushi and lobster mac and cheese in town. The next day make sure we have brunch at Soho House West Hollywood, a members only club for artists of Los Angeles, they have the best city views hands down. They are constantly hosting events, maybe after brunch we would attend one of their Margarita making class. Go to the Soho House in downtown LA and get drinks at the rooftop pool!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Family. As simple and cliche as it sounds, my family have been a constant support since before I started doing business. My mother, aunt, and godmother were the ones who helped me learn how to sew. They helped me create the spare bedroom into a small work space. They continuously help me in fulfilling orders. They have supported me from start to finish in everything.

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FashionGeekShop?ref=seller-platform-mcnav
Instagram: delromoo
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafaelromo62/

Image Credits
Model: Nicole Castillo Handbag Photography: LAB185

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