We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca & Ursula Recinos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca & Ursula, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
We were born and raised in Los Angeles, California. We grew up in Echo Park where a lot of our family resides. Our parents migrated from El Salvador in the 1970’s. Throughout our childhood we watched them work extremely hard to provide opportunities for us despite the risk and obstacles they faced.
Their impeccable dedication moved us in ways that also inspired us to work hard towards our goals and create something of our own.
Our roots continue to represent who are, and it is something we always carry within whom are today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We are a small business sister-duo, curating hand picked-one of a kind vintage clothing and accessories. Our love for fashion, music and films from different decades have influenced our taste and style in how we express ourselves and what we create. Though the 60’s and 70’s are our favorite period of times, we also find that mixing modern touches with a flare of vintage is what highlights our aesthetic. As young girls, we always took risks with our outfits and tried things out of the norm. Always drawn to the unconventional ways of our environment.
Upon starting our business, we applied our knowledge, vision and artistic skills to form Sister Kokoro.
Travel and Culture are also a big part of our journey and growth. Our name derived from the Japanese word “Kokoro” meaning “Heart” in connection to mind and soul.
We’ve had countless adventures, ups and downs, and lots of interesting experiences that have allowed us to learn and appreciate self expression and hard work, which is what we would like our brand to convey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of our favorite pass times is discovering and visiting new places. Living in California gives you all the varieties of going on a nice hike in San Gabriel Mountains, maybe a picnic in Elysian Park, catching a movie at The New Beverly, stroll down to some cool restaurants and bars in Silver Lake and Los Feliz, and head out for a night out in Little Tokyo/Arts District or Echo Park.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We’d love to give a special shoutout to the vendors we’ve had the honor of meeting and working with in the past, friends and family for their encouragement and appreciation, and to our loyal customers for their continuous love, support and positive feedback throughout our journey.
Special thanks to Jae-Zee Roth-Strong from The Whimsical Twin for thinking of us and sharing this platform of lovely and talented creatives.
Photography by Sister Kokoro