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Conversations with the Inspiring Marisa Reyes Trujillo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marisa Reyes Trujillo.

Marisa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Having grown up in North East LA, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by the all the art and culture that this city has to offer. After years of working as a costumer and running through the streets of LA’s fashion district admiring all the fun prints, I decided to stop just admiring and start building. Inspired by my own two little Muses, I started my own line of children’s clothing and thus, Buho n Bee was created. I wanted to create something that celebrated the carefree spirit and innocence that children embody.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The year I decided to start Buho n Bee, my second child was 2 years old, I had just separated from their father, I was working free lance, didn’t have much to start up with and while my children slept I would sew, take photos and put up my website. This is still a new business, I am constantly learning and evolving. Without the help and encouragement of family and friends this would not have been possible. But also, nothing is possible without having faith in yourself, my only regret is that I didn’t have the courage to have stared this sooner. This is my dream and once I put myself out there, I was amazed by all the encouragement from other women artist and business owners.

What should we know about Buho n Bee? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I love research, so I am constantly searching for fun and unique prints. I started off with our signature Zarape print dress that grew to include other prints that celebrate Mexican culture, like Frida Kahlo and Dia de los muertos. Aside from our cultural styles, I am proud to offer many science inspired prints. I’ve had such a great response from women who have purchased these for their girls and little girls who were excited to wear a dress covered in the periodic table, chemistry icons or dinosaurs. I call it science fashion, it might just be a dress but it introduces little girls to science visuals. I had a group of women chemist from Portugal send me a bulk order. They had found my Instagram page and wanted some of the science print dresses for their little girls. Sending then that order was such an honor for me.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Don’t be afraid to ask around. I have found that many small business owners have been willing to share their stories and give advice. Where ever I’m selling, I take the time to get to know the other sellers around me or if I’m shopping at business, be it another clothing store or fabric shop, I like to get to now the owners. Everyone has a story to tell and learn from.

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1 Comment

  1. Teresa Gonzalez

    March 27, 2018 at 03:04

    Congratulations, Marisa in reaching your goal! When you work hard, everything is possible. I wish you continued success on your business. Love, peace, and harmony, Teri Gonzalez

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