Cliche Magazine June/July 2018 - Page 72

PYRATES LIFE BY LAURIE BENGOA Cliché: First off, we LOVE your brand and all of your innovative pieces. What inspired you to create PYRATES? How does your brand reflect who you are? Regina Polanco: Thank you for the opportunity to share the amazing world of PYRATES smart fabrics with your readers. We are happy to hear you love our brand! I created PYRATES because I wanted to take textiles to the next level, creating fabrics with a little something extra. Can you tell us more about yourself? How did you get into fashion and design? What are some of your favorite hobbies? We want to get a good idea of the face behind PYRATES! I’m 26 years old and just as other Millennials, I love to travel! I have lived in and been to many countries, which opened my eyes to the challenges and ideas of my generation. In 2009, when I was a boarder in Switzerland surrounded by dynamic, ambitious, young people in an international environment, I realized something very peculiar: they all loved to travel and all wore sportswear! The garments fit into their active lifestyle yet, although very comfortable, their tracksuits were not so flatteringly basic. This made me want to supply my peers with the cozy yet stylish clothing they needed and was lacking in the industry at the time. I’m a Law and Politics graduate, so I developed the brand’s first designs with the help of a designer. I knew sportswear is at the core of today and tomorrow’s fashion, yet felt that something more innovative was missing. In parallel with the creation of the brand’s first designs, I was reading a lot about the negative effects of today’s technology on our bodies, such as Wi-Fi waves or the cellphones we canno