We had the good fortune of connecting with Regina Del Real and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Regina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk taking is something that is so important, especially when pursuing something you love.
Now that I am about 17 years into my career in fashion, I realize that choice of career was a risk in its self. Going into art is not really the “ideal” career generally. Most recently I have taken the biggest risk of my life, and that was leaving my career in fashion, to start an entirely different career. So I guess my point is, unless you want a mundane life, without risks you aren’t really living.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Here’s the thing, I don’t really view my art as something that has set me apart from others, but more of a thing that has brought me together with community. For me my art is a fusion of all my life experiences, people I’ve met, my way of life, and everything in between. The thing I am most proud of is my ability to adapt and adjust to make it my own. Going into the fashion industry I wasn’t “classically” trained in graphics, and didn’t know much in the beginning which was really difficult. But as I grew in the industry, I realized I didn’t want the traditional designer role but rather the more creative role, so I taught myself how to become a graphic designer/textile artist. I’ve found that persistence, and consistency is what has been my driving factor & I want people to know that my brand is very much about creating that space for community, and having that drive to tap into your creativity.
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?
When my friends come into town, I love to take them over to San Pedro (point fermin park) and down to the tide pools. Its my favorite place here in LA. But I would then take them to Olvera St in LA, which I love so much. Then we would head down to Long Beach where I live and hang by the water & maybe hit up Salud Juice on 4th st, maybe some vintage stores. By dinner time we could stop by one of the best restaurants in Long Beach (nomads asian bistro) or (sea birds cafe). Maybe the next day we would go to Belin here in long beach for a delicious breakfast. Im very much a beach, chill, foodie type gal, so this is what we do.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I want to shout out Irene (yourmuther). In our friendship, she has been so supportive of all of my art & everything I’ve put out. Nik Kacy is another I’d like to thank. I attended & showed my fashion & art at Equality Fashion Week. It was such a milestone and fun time in my life…. Which lead me to the amazing collaboration (DR!P) with my friend, Kendra who owns (Saylorbone). But of course all of my success is dedicated to my friends and family who have been there from the start & have been so supportive of my art & career.
All photos are taken by my partner and my friend Adam Benn @ben.hapa, Adam @adam.i.knight and @pysahdymaailma_