We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Corral and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was previously going to school for chemical engineering. Learning to create and appreciate art was completely new to me and I was completely unaware of the satisfaction and pride I got from creating. I figured if I was already on the road headed towards struggle, I might as well carve out something for myself. I’m no stranger to a challenge. In fact, those who know me know that I like to deliberately make things difficult to spice things up. I took creating this business as a challenge to test myself and I haven’t looked back.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an engineer student turned artist. As a leathercrafter, the art and the build go hand in hand. My artistic side wants things to have a feeling and a style, while my engineering side wants it to have a functional purpose in mind while engineering a build process that allows for the least amount of error. I got where I am today by devoting myself to my dedication. If you decide to do something like this, just know that it requires a leap of faith. I have been helped by so many people to get where I am but only because I was ready and willing to jump onto opportunities when they presented themselves. There’s really only one thing I want my brand to represent: Be bold and don’t apologize for it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Depends on the friend but I’d have to take them to downtown Oceanside during a thursday Sunset Market for some great vendor food and a walk on the pier.
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?
There are SOOOO many people involved in getting me where I am today. However, most can’t benefit from a shoutout so I’ll have to simply include AJ from Red Beard Leather. AJ has acted as a guide down the Path of the Artist. He has helped me shape my style and understanding in what it means to be a creator and the responsibility I have to myself to be unyielding and uncompromising in my design and execution of my artform.