We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Bolland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time? Balance is something that I’ve still been learning, and it’s something that I consistently need to remember. While I worked on my first collection for New York Fashion Week, there would be days when all I would focus on was the overall project, and I wouldn’t want to take a break. It didn’t take long for me to learn that that method wasn’t healthy, as I was not only extremely anxious, but I was putting other responsibilities and personal relationships on the backburner. I was, and still am, very fortunate to have people around me let me know that it’s okay to take a break and let yourself recharge.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community? What you are most proud of or excited about?
I’m most proud of the fact that I was able to show a collection at New York Fashion Week before I turned 30. Ever since I was invited, I’ve really thrown myself into creating and finding clients to create for. I love not only coming up with something that I myself would never want to take off, but also helping someone come up with a garment that brings a dream of theirs to life. My goal is to inspire joy through clothing and encourage people to wear what they love.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to? If someone is visiting from out of town, I like to start things off on Sundays by attending brunch at The Green Parrot Villa in Santa Ana, California. They have a fantastic champagne brunch, complete with the most delicious and authentic Mexican food you’ll ever eat. Right after brunch, we’d walk across the street to the Bowers Museum and check out the Orange County-centric exhibits.
During the week, I love going up to Old Towne Orange; you can find vintage clothing shops, delicious food, and a buzzy atmosphere, especially at night. I started collecting vinyl records a few years ago, and I’ve found some original pressings at Mr. C’s Records.
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? I’m dedicating this shout out to my family! They’ve all been incredibly supportive and encouraging throughout my career and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.