When it comes to Scottish design you can spot a Rebecca Torres number a mile away. From her bright and colourful body con dresses to her uber flattering geometric swimwear range, a Torres design is a celebration of bodies everywhere. As well as running her own self named business, Torres designs high street and sports brands alike so as you could imagine, a week in her life is a busy one! Here's how she manages it all...
Hey Rebecca! Tell us a little bit about what you do?
I'm designer of self named brand Rebecca Torres. I do everything from designing the prints and swimwear pieces to the day to day running of the business, I also have to give massive credit to my partner in crime (my husband) who helps me with making sure our lovely customers get there items on time!
I also currently work as a designer for a clothing supplier in Glasgow where I design for high street clients and big sports brands. I love the fact I can do both and learn so much about the Industry.
How did you get into this business?
Well it all started when I graduated Uni back in 2008, I went straight into working in retail and wasn't sure what I wanted to do.
I did some work experience in London and realized then I want to start something of my own but no clue how to go about it. I started making myself 80's inspired colour-block bodycon dresses (before they became a big thing) and when I was out girls would come and ask me where i got them. It really began from there.
I started doing made to order and got some good press which then caught the eye of an old uni friend who was working in London and introduced me to Asos. In 2011 my brand was officially established and selling on there main platform, along with this came other opportunities and things were going great.
Six years on I have had major highs and lows made made many good and bad decisions but its all been a learning curve and I'm a major believer that I'm where I should be. I took sometime out in 2015 decided I want to move into Swimwear as it was an underling passion of mine, so I took my time and in 2016 launched my first line of swimwear and haven't looked back. Its refreshing starting over and trying something new and feel very lucky of where I am.
Take us through a typical day
In a typical day I start off by going through my emails and seeing what needs done for the day, always with a coffee at my side! I try and do my social media in the morning and set it up for the day so I can concentrate and not get distracted when especially when I'm designing.
I go through my orders (and yes its me that wraps those up for you lol) and make sure everything is ready to go. Like anyone who has there own business i don't think i really ever switch off as I'm always looking at how to make things better,reading articles online, seeing how other people work and generally researching things for my brand. When its the weekend I always try to make sure I'm not on social media but its hard!
What time do you get up at?
I'm trying to get back into the gym so I get up at 6am as I hate doing the gym after work, but if I'm hitting that snooze button (which is most mornings lol) I'm up by 7am.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Coffee always, I'm on auto pilot in the morning.
What do you have for breakfast? I usually have chopped bananas and greek yogurt in the morning but if i have time I love egg in a cup..can't beat it!
How do you keep yourself organised?
I have 2 diaries, a small one for appointments and my larger one to keep notes, I write everything down and have bullet points of what i want to achieve that week. I find if I do this I'm more likely to get through it as it keeps me focused.
Tell us how you structure your day...
As I'm more mentally productive in the morning I tend to do emails,outline tasks and more of the admin side in the morning leaving the creative side of things for the afternoon when your mind is winding down, its like i give myself a treat, get the boring admin stuff out the way and enjoy the rest of the day designing and researching.
What time do you finish work?
Depending on what i have on I tend to finish work at 5.30pm but then will work on my own designs till 9.30pm.
How do you wind down?
I love the cinema so me and my husband try to go to the cinema once or twice a week if our schedules allow it. And like everyone we binge on netflix and amazon, It just completely lets me switch off. Also spending time with friends as much as I can is good to get away from everything.
What's your bed time?
I always try to get to bed early but usually midnight.
Any advice for someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?
If you want to start your own business then do what you truly love and go for it. Don't compare yourself to others and take your own path. Its hard work and it takes a lot out of you but if your doing something that your passionate about then its worth it.
Ask questions and join networks and seek advice if you need it, I was so closed and embarrassed about asking for help but quickly realized so many businesses that i admired felt the same way and had the same issues as me, it was refreshing to hear others stories and gain there knowledge and experience. Most of all be happy, if you start something and it doesn't work take a step back and try again.