We had the good fortune of connecting with Francisco Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Francisco, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Consistency. Showing up and doing the work, even when it’s hard or you feel like nobody is watching or the task feels insignificant. Showing up every-time to do the work is something I will never regret.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a creative sewist, who uses recycled materials to create fashion and art. My main goal is to inspire others to rethink the clothes they put on their bodies (who made it, where did it come from, what are the effects of this process). Sharing a message about slowing down and consuming less is extremely hard in a world where the next best thing is seconds away, and where trends change based on a swipe of a finger.
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.
I need to start any day with coffee, I would take them to La Bohemia for a Nieve de Vainilla latte. I love to window shop and look at all of the curiosities of the past I would wonder along the vintage shops on Melrose and end the day with dinner at my place! There is no food better than a home cooked meal with people you care about.
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?
My mother! In a creative field curiosity is paramount in your success. You have to be hungry, curious and introspective. You have to question why things are that way the way they are and how you can change them. I thank my mom for nurturing that curiosity in me as a child. She would let us ask anything, let us spend the day staring at bugs and looking up their names. She taught me to find beauty in the little things, and that education can never be replaced.