5 Minutes With.... Regina Carbonell

So who are you and what do you do?

Along with my husband, Ryan, I own a non-binary fashion brand called Milk Originals. All our clothing is unisex and our mission is to change the social vision of gender roles through fashion.

All our lines feature Ryan's artwork. In fact, one of the reasons we started the company in the first place was to prove to him that he was 'good enough.' That was in May last year, and we're already worth £3 million! We're looking for more investors at the moment, so we can open a showroom in Miami. Ryan is evolving as an artist, getting better every day, so we're really going from strength to strength.

 

What makes you different?

Both Ryan and myself are gender fluid, which means that we don't believe in assigned gender roles. We think people should be able to dress however they feel most comfortable and be socially accepted that way. Everything the company does reflects that ethos so, for instance, we work with a gender equal manufacturer in India, and we're an LGBT friendly company.

We are passionate about society and about equal rights; In fact the name, MILK, stands for Meaning In Living Kindly. It's the way we run our company and the way we live our lives.

 

If you could visit any time and place in history where/when would you go?

I think I would like to have lived in England in the Victorian era. I would have probably have been a romantic writer like Shelley... or maybe an adventurer. Mind you, if I'd ended up in the U.S I might've been burned at the stake. What can I say? I'm just too much of a feminist!

 

What's your superpower?

If you asked Ryan he'd say it was mind reading! I think it would be emotion related as I easily pick on other people's emotions and understand them. I'm pretty good with animals too.

 

What's the best piece of advice you have been given?

When I was a teenager my Mum told me that my problems would follow me wherever I went. I couldn't run from them, so I should deal with them, and that the best way to do that was to love and know myself. It seemed like grown up crap at the time, to be honest, but now I recognise it's one of the best bits of advice I've ever been given.

 

What book would you recommend and why?

I've got two really. The first is Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. I read it when I was 12 and it helped me to keep a child's view of the world. I love Jostein Gaarder; his books make you think about life and the world and the way people live their lives. I'd also recommend Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. It really helped me to change my views on finances and money.