Growing up, I was always influenced by my culture. With immigrant grandparents from both islands, I was always curious about their upbringing and traditions that were formed from their homeland. The most prominent inspirations were food and music in my home. A little salsa and reggae with a mix of arroz con pollo, pastelles, jerk and curry were favorites and loves within my home. Once I got older and was able to travel to both islands, the fascination and love of my heritage grew even stronger. The colors, carnivals, art, beaches and language all inspired me to create and design. That’s when I knew I needed to design to bring me closer to a the cultural connection of my ancestors. With Jam + Rico I am able to dive deeper into my love of the Caribbean and explore all of the islands which have their own traditions and uniqueness.