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Catching Up With Debbie Gonzales

We caught up with Debbie Gonzales, Creative Director of the LA-based brand Kids of Immigrants, and discussed her daily routine, personal style, favorite places to eat, and more.

Where are you from? Where do you live now?

Born in LA and raised in a small town called Lucerne Valley. I now live in Highland Park/Eagle Rock.

What does a typical day for Debbie Gonzales look like?

My day starts with my "me time," which consists of meditation, yoga or a morning walk, and making breakfast. Prioritizing the first couple of hours to myself has really helped my overall well-being and workflow. Afterward, I dive into work, whether on location or at the Kids of Immigrants office or handling things for my other family business, El Chilito hot sauce. Every day is different, which is nice.

What do you like to do in your spare time when you're not working on anything KOI-related?

I really enjoy being outdoors with friends and family, whether playing catch, volleyball, tennis, or soaking up the sun at the beach/park. I also love to get lost in thrift stores while looking for home goods and furniture. 

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as a blend between Sporty Spice and Posh Spice. Lol, I dress based on my mood, and I love mixing different styles and price points with the perfect statement earring.


What's your favorite restaurant in New York?

I need to explore more of the NY food scene, but I do have lots of love for Oiji and Mama Project. 

What's your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?

Top 3…Bavel, Osteria La Buca, and Kazu Nori

Any books, movies, or music you recommend?

Books: Currently bouncing between How To Become Supernatural and Never Eat Alone, but also recommend the Untethered Soul and The Good Immigrant

Movies: I geek out over documentaries and short films. I highly recommend Summer of Soul and Soul to Soul, Human Flow, Fantastic Fungi, and Gather. 

Music: I've been listening to a lot of Cleo Sol at the moment, but I always find myself listening to '60s and '70s jazz and soul music from other countries.




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