Passionate about yoga and after living in Hong Kong for 10 years as an Architectural Designer, Alessandra and her husband decided to launch RecklessRed-OM in Barcelona, a long-lasting, chic, eco-conscious yoga accessories brand.
You’ve been traveling a lot. Why did you decide to settle down in Barcelona?
We never intended to actually stay in Hong Kong for as long as we did! But we both found that once you create a life for yourself anywhere really, stable job, set up your apartment, with all your things, make friends, etc it ends up becoming SUPER HARD to ever leave. But with regards to quality of life, we always knew that Barcelona was a destination and a lifestyle that we wanted for ourselves. We just got married last year… so i guess that prompted things and pushed our move to get our butts out here and give Barcelona life a go before we become too old and settled somewhere else!!!
Are there any similarities between the Hong Kong and the Barcelona culture?
Hmmmm…..I see them as totally two different worlds. Both cultures are beautiful but if I had to think hard about finding one, I would say… perhaps… the same way you are proud Catalans, the Hong Kong people are proud Cantonese.
What does Yoga mean to you?
Hmmmm… this could be a deep question… haha. But I’ll keep it light 😛
I initially came to yoga, for the same reasons that most people come to yoga, for flexibility, stress relief health and physical fitness. But like most people, this primary reason for doing yoga will most likely CHANGE as it starts to transform your life outside of just the physical practice. I had this change of heart regarding why I practice yoga, it started to change to a more spiritual and self-actualization experience, a sense of fulfilling my potential. Yoga offers so much self-reflection, the practice of kindness and continued growth.
What is your company RecklessRed-OM’s motto?
“Stay True to Yourself”
Reckless Red are for all the believers, thinkers and creators out there, who breakaway from the societies pressures and act on what they feel. We are a group of Designers and Yogis, who have always grown up feeling different, and through our brand and our products, we remain different and unusual. Our products are not necessarily made of the conventional materials or produced the easier (cheaper) way. We stay true to our product, always striving for the best and we are extremely open and transparent as a company. I find that our brand manages to connect with individuals well, as we show that we are REAL PEOPLE behind this brand. We don’t pretend to be something we are not and people either like us or don’t.
If you could roll out your yoga mat anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In your own home. There is no need to dream big and imagine a yoga practice would be better in some exotic villa in Bali or on a retreat in India. You can #unrollthemagic and have the most amazing experience in your own self practice at home. People should get comfortable with making time at home, and the space to dedicate to their practice. 🙂
Your tip to start the day well?
Wake up early with a warm cup of lemon water! + sneak in some YOGA of course. 😛
What was the last song that was stuck in your head?
The “Stranger Things” intro song. (I’ve just binged watched the whole of Season 2!!!)
Now some questions to get to know you better.
Hong Kong or Barcelona?
Thats a hard question – a mean one 🙁
but if I had to be stuck in one for the rest of my life….. BARCELONA! 😛
Beach or mountain?
Beach, I may be an addict!
Early bird or night owl?
I get periods of being an early bird, but can easily slip into being a night owl. But I am happiest as an Early Bird!
Yoga: ¿a sport or a philosophy?
Starts off as a Sport but turns into a Philosophy.
Inside or outside?
Outside!!!!… every day!
Alone or in a group?
Even when it comes to yoga practice. A group practice is way more powerful & enjoyable experience than Self practice.
Calming or invigorating?
I am an extremely chilled person.
Black, Green or White? Talking about Kailani of course!