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

Hi Richele, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in the Bay Area in a town called Pleasanton with my parents and one older brother. I was extremely fortunate to have two loving and hard-working parents that always encouraged the both of us to do the best we can and to follow our passions. My dad especially made a large impact on me as I grew older in pushing me to pursue my interest in the fashion industry. He was a photojournalist for 37 years, and had a successful career filled with travel, covering sports games, natural disasters, and countless other news stories. He even acquired the honor of being a part of two group Pulitzer Prizes for news coverage of the 89′ Earthquake and Hurricane Katrina. He always set a great example for me and has been there through all stages of my life to offer encouragement and give advice when I need it. My mom is the backbone of our family. She is the one that held down the fort when we were kids while my dad had to be away for work. She was our teacher, our caregiver, and while my dad worked to get a career he loved off the ground, at one point the bread winner. She is the most selfless person I know, and also where I get my laugh and independent nature from. The two of them worked extremely hard and sacrificed so much to put me through college so that I could pursue a career of my own. I know am very lucky to have them as my parents and am grateful for the both of them every day. I can only hope that I will someday be able to be as great of a role model to my future children as they were to me.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My background is within e-commerce in the women’s fashion industry. I started out doing buying, and recently switched over to a digital merchandising role. Currently I work for Z Supply clothing and manage the e-com merchandising for their B2B sales channels. I got to where I am today by having a passion for the job, a hunger to learn and grow within this industry, and a diligent worth ethic. It was definitely not easy getting to where I am today, but a necessary part of the growth process. One challenge in particular that stands out to me is working for a company that ended up closing down and being sold off. I ended up being unemployed for a little while and leading up to the company closing down it was difficult to watch as rounds of layoffs were made. I think it is important to remember that there are always going to be ups and downs. It’s important to surround yourself with good people that are like-minded and have the same interests and goals as you. They will be your support system and help you to push through times of difficulty. We can’t always do everything, but we can still do our best and continue to show up every day and put in the work to make things better.

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?
A couple of my favorite local spots to hang out include Two Saucy Broads Pizza in Fullerton,CA. This place is a must for whoever comes to visit me for the first time. It’s right next to Bootlegger’s Brewery which has a really nice outdoor patio where you can sit and grab a beer, hang out with your friends, or play a game of corn hole or giant Jenga. Also pro-tip: you can order the pizza either by phone or in store and they will deliver it right to you at Bootlegger’s since it’s just across the way. If you’re not into beer there is also a Wine Bar not too far from there called Twisted Vine that has the best baked brie bowl! Other places I like to visit that are local to where I live in Anaheim is Disneyland and the Anaheim Packing District. The Anaheim Packing District has a ton of great food spots and cute little shops to check out. On the weekends, I love just walking around and going vintage or thrift shopping. The Long Beach Antique Market always has amazing stuff to look at and it’s usually every 3rd Sunday of the month. I also love exploring the Old Towne Orange Historic District. Tons of good food places and antique stores to check out.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to Tiffany Chu. She was my boss at my first job right out of college. We worked for a company that had two e-commerce sites for women’s clothing. She was not only one of the best bosses and mentors I’ve ever had, but she is also someone I consider a good friend. Anyone who works with her can you tell how smart and driven she is, as well as how much she cares for and supports her team in any way that she can. She’s the ultimate girl boss and someone I look up to and admire. Love you, Tiff!

Instagram: @richele_annastacia
Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/richele-reyes-07180899

Image Credits
@r_paolo_