Raise your hand if you’ve jumped on the small handbag trend? For those who haven’t, now is your time! Local San Antonio artist, Bárbara Miñarro launched her handbag label, Breakfast Friend in late August of this year, bringing us the latest handbag trends mixed with a bit of Texicana flare. These pieces have captivated the likes of many, including us. We are here to introduce you to this brand, and hopefully, get an insight into the inner workings of The Breakfast Friend. Catch our interview below.
SLTV: So nice to meet you Bárbara! For those who are getting introduced to you today, could you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you start Breakfast Friend? What inspired you?
BM: Hello everyone! My name is Bárbara Miñarro and I am a contemporary artist with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I have a small studio in my home where I hand paint my creations in small batches. I was born in Monterrey, MX, raised in a border town, McAllen, TX, and now I reside in San Antonio, TX. I often joke about not being from here nor there; too Mexican for the Americans, too American for the Mexicans. What seemed like a struggle growing up, has now become what inspires my artworks and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As for how I created my brand. I finally decided to follow my teenage dream! Cue Breakfast Friend. For as long as I can remember, I have had an obsession over purses. If you know me in person, you will know how extensive my personal purse collection is. So what better way to honor my lifelong fascination than by creating my own hand-painted handbag collection?
SLTV: How do you see your valley roots showcasing in your art? Do you believe that growing up in McAllen influenced your artwork?
BM: 100% YES! The Valley made me who I am today, so naturally, it influences me and the subject matter I choose to incorporate. In my bags, you can really see it’s influence on me from the colors that I gravitate towards to the object being portrayed, like the breakfast taco (I always think of Stripe tacos) to the topo chico and pan dulce. It is not something I do consciously, but when I step back and look at the paintings I quickly realize the influence McAllen has had on me. My process of deciding what will be on a bag is easy. It comes naturally as I paint very intuitively. I am inspired by objects in my everyday life; ranging from what I like, what I snack on, what I carry in my own purse and even what I eat for breakfast.
SLTV: Tell us about the shopping process for your vintage bags.
BM: I buy the purses that I would like to wear myself. I am currently into smaller, shoulder bags so that’s what I am in the hunt for when shopping for my collections. Some of the bags are vintage, some are second hand, some are new and some are from my own personal collection. So this allows me to have a wide variety of materials, forms, color, and textures to work with.
SLTV: Do you remember the first moment where your art touched the canvas of a handbag? What did it feel like for you?
BM: I do! It was early June of this year. I started practicing on my own makeup bags and old purses so I could test out if this idea of mine would pan out as I had imagined. I quickly fell in love with the process. I had always wanted to find the sweet spot between art and fashion, and with Breakfast Friend I think I found it.
BM: Anyone who likes to wear a unique statement piece; who is an admirer of art, isn’t afraid of color and doesn’t mind a few eyes staring at them!
SLTV: Not only are your handbags the cutest but your earrings! I’m obsessed. Tell us about what inspires your jewelry? Can we expect more?
BM: First of all, thank you so much! There’s definitely more jewelry making a debut in the upcoming months. I am mostly focusing on earrings at the moment, but there might be other suprises coming next year. My inspiration behind my jewelry comes from Poly Pockets, vintage jewelry and the bracelets and earrings I wore during my childhood-preteens years.
SLTV: That is so fun! Apart from Breakfast Friend, what side projects are you getting into in 2020?
BM: I was recently invited to be one of 20 artists for this years’ Artpace’s Chalk It Up. I will be creating a chalk mural at the Carver Center on the East Side of San Antonio on October 10th inspired by this year’s theme, “Comunity.” On a more personal note, I recently ordered a pair of roller skates and I am patiently waiting for them to arrive, so I am sure that is my next project to tackle. SLTV: That is amazing, a great mixture of business and pleasure! We can’t wait to see what’s to come for you.
SLTV: Your first drop was only last month and since then your two collections have pretty much sold out! If we want to get our hands on them we gotta act fast! We are so excited to see your new drop. Can we get some insight into what we can expect from this new collection and some future ones?
BM: Wow, thank you! I am so thrilled that people are enjoying my collections as much as I do making them! I am currently working on my third drop. I am hoping to do a drop every 3-4 weeks. Our next collection will be September 30th. There are a few gems I scored while visiting West Texas that I am excited to include. We can expect to see more Topo Chico, breakfast tacos, mangos, and clementines (of course! my staple fruit) and some new surprises. I am so excited!
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Featured Image: Bárbara Miñarro of Breakfast Friend photographed by Jana Cantua
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Kassandra is a Trendsetter Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative currently learning about online fashion media and content creation through its mentorship opportunity. Originally from McAllen, Texas, Kassandra is a fashionista at heart. She hopes to inspire everyone to dress outside of their comfort zone and use style as a form of self-expression. She's an advocate for plus size fashion, believing that fashion shouldn't discriminate on the basis of pant size. From working Alta Roma Fashion Week, to styling Milan Men's Fashion Week her experiences bring a unique flame to San Antonio.