We had the good fortune of connecting with Rani Reambonanza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rani, what are you inspired by?
A lot of my peers and customers that have followed me closely already know that my biggest inspirations behind my work are nature and culture. Each of my collections reflect its own story, all cultivated by my own experiences and perceptions of the world. As someone who pays attention to detail, especially in art, I create everything with intention. For instance, my Feminine Physique Collection simplifies the female form to its most distinguishable parts, in hopes of uplifting women and promoting body positivity. My Muse Collection on the other hand, highlights the very things that inspire me– nature, culture, the world, my mind and growth. Essentially, I observe the world around me and create with it. Even if it’s just jewelry.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The intention and effort I put into my work is definitely the one thing that sets me apart from others. Like I said, each of my collections and pieces share its own story and meaning, and they’re all inspired by my own life experiences and perceptions of the world. My proudest moment in my small business is getting a feature on TFC (The Filipino Channel) Adobo Nation. I worked with my good friend Lauren Bumatay and Jeremiah Ysip who filmed and edited it to showcase my small business as a young Filipina. I was so honored to represent my culture and even inspire others. I started my small business in December 2019, and it was difficult at first to grow my platform. The pandemic has definitely helped me utilize social media more such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok since essentially everything went virtual. As a business major, my coursework has also helped me implement business strategies such as marketing, customer engagement, social media engagement, etc. An important lesson I’ve learned is that there will always be people that will undermine your work. I’ve had people tell me my products were too expensive, I don’t make enough products, I should give away free stuff. I realized that as long as I know my value and the work I put in, they shouldn’t matter. One thing people don’t realize about me is that I was never an artist before I started my small business. I was never the best at drawing or painting. I started this business out of boredom because I wanted to make my own earrings for fun. I never knew that it would bring me to the platform I have now. It’s not the biggest, but it’s definitely an accomplishment. I’ve grown more confident, skilled, and focused. I want to show people to do whatever they want. To do everything with intention. To grow into better versions of themselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to San Diego’s hotspots. I would start off with the beach– La Jolla has many different spots. Or even mission beach, which is right next to Belmont amusement park. For lunch I’d take them to OB Noodle House in Ocean Beach. THE Best Vietnamese fusion restaurant (amazing spicy garlic wings, and fried rice). Also walk around the shops there. If they wanted to see the artsy side of San Diego, I would go to Balboa Park. Great architecture and even greater museums. It’s relatively large so we could also bike along and enjoy the scenery. My family’s favorite spot for dinner is Friend’s House Korean Restaurant in Convoy. We’ve been going there for 12 years (I think). There are a lot of Asian drink and dessert spots there too, like Binghaus, Somi-Somi, Cafe de Partite, etc. North Park has a lot of different shops so definitely explore there. Liberty Station is an amazing place to visit because of the many food options there (like the lobster rolls). Downtown San Diego is also a MUST if you’re in the city. Seaport Village if you want to see the water, or even picnic nearby. Night life is amazing as well. Even when you’re not 21 yet (haha). Usually just walking around will be a fun time. Salt and Straw is a great ice cream place there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my family. My parents especially who are not only supportive, but also intentional with me. While cheering me on along the sidelines, they are literally in with me, offering advice and judgements about everything I am doing. Sometimes we bump heads, but I know everything they provide me is out of love and hope. If it’s anything they taught me, it’s to surround myself with people that will value me and my time. And I’m exceptionally grateful that I have them, and many other family and friends that value my journey as a college student and a small business owner.
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