In 2002, Raquel uprooted from Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to pursue editorial photography. She shot some major hip-hop videos, and after gaining experience, moved to beauty, fashion and celebrity editorial projects. In just a few short years she was shooting for national and international magazines including: Marie Claire, WWD, L’Official, Rolling Stone, Zink, Visa Black Card Magazine, Karen and Prestige, and many more.

In 2013, Raquel, wanted to learn to sew. She had an idea to print her editorial photos on pillows and sell them at a Los Angeles pop up event, and things fell into place. Raquel fell in LOVE with the hands-on approach of creating designs and presenting them to the world. The seeds had been sewn. Having experience working in the the photography world to ground her creativity, Raquel dived head-on into her passion for design. Soon after, OLIVO by Raquel was born. Her collections have since moved from pillows and home decor, to custom hand sewn designed bags that are sold in shops across California.

We hope you enjoy her story and her collection!