OLIVO is a reflection of the work and travels of photographer Raquel Olivo. Raquel’s inspiration came in the summer of 2012: applying pieces of her art and photography to handcrafted one of a kind décor items that one could use everyday.
The Desert collection is her first launch, heavily influenced by her love of surrounding Los Angeles Deserts: Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and El Mojave Dry Lakebed. She often finds herself in the desert, when she needs to escape the city life and return to nature. Raquel wishes to imbue her images with the sparse and tranquil essence of the dessert- a piece of the desert that you can take with you. Every piece is unique, handmade in the Los Angeles area, with all fabrics and dyes sourced locally.
A big city girl, born and raised in Chicago, she thinks of herself as a crafty hybrid urban/hippy girl, or as she tells her friends, “I’m Martha Stewart's long lost Puerto Rican daughter.” “I love the big city but also love getting down with nature.”
In 2002, Raquel uprooted from the East coast and moved to Los Angeles, to seriously pursue editorial photography. Her first gigs were working on a few major hip-hop videos, which allowed her to make greater connections and parlay her work into: beauty and celebrity editorials. She has been published in both national and international magazines including: Marie Claire, WWD, DNR, Rolling Stone, Zink, Foam, Karen and Prestige, just to name a few.
We hope you enjoy her story and her collection!