Over-Time: By the nostalgic sports freak...Original Retro Brands " Next Top Model"
Angela Castonzo is an entrepreneur who has worked as a professional make-up artist for Bobbi Brown, is an editorial and print model, and will soon be releasing her own line of cutting edge anti aging skin care products. I had the chance to sit down with her and find out what the heck is going on. (click on each photo to see Angela up close...)
SF:While you worked with Bobbi Brown, you had the opportunity to work with quite a few celebrities. Ever find yourself starstruck by any of these folks.?
Angela: Hahahaha...I don't kiss and tell, Andy. I will tell you that one star I worked with had the number one selling CD and Movie out at the same time. She made me a little nervous. I have also worked with Usher and he is the coolest, most laid back dude. His wife and Mom are very sweet as well.
Angela: After playing in the luxury skin care sand box for 8 years, I realized that there are a sea of over valued, under performing products out there. I am creating a line that gives proven results at a reasonable cost. I am taking the guess work out of it and exposing the impostors with ridiculous claims.
SF: Once your line reaches market, do you intend on working on any other projects? Have you considered getting into the apparel business?
Angela: I grew up in a fashion family, hailing from Italy! Have you seen my closet?? As much as I love to get glam, my favorite outfit, outside of a bikini ;) has to be jeans and a cool t-shirt. I may pull something out of my hat. You'll have to stay tuned.
SF: I had the pleasure of working with you a few times for the Original Retro Brand ( Angela was the model in case anybody is wondering.) You seemed to relish the role, and of course that is what the folks hiring you expect and hope for. I do not want to put words in your mouth, but it seemed to me that you really loved the assignments because you REALLY LOVED the product. Am I on target here? (we'll move on if I'm not on target.)
Angela: LOL...Right on target Andy...SPOT ON :) I LOVE Original Retro Brand. They are not only the hottest way for girls to wear sports apparel, outside of dressing up like a naughty cheerleader....oops! Did I say that? They are fantastically comfy!!!
SF: Original Retro Brand will be coming out with some amazing new Women's product this Summer and Fall. Could I interest you in doing some trunk shows for some of your clients?
Angela: As you know, I travel all the time. Any reason to throw a party, partner up with some cool boutiques and run around in some great new ORB, yes, I am totally in!
SF: You are originally from Chicago. Are you a homer when it comes to following sports teams? Cubs or White Sox?
Angela: A die hard Chicago Fan, for sure. Gotta go Cubbies.
Angela: My Uncle played Football for U of I so, have to go with them.
SF:Bears and Blackhawks?
Angela: Bears and the Blackhawks my dear!!! Don't leave out The Chicago Fire...you know I have a weak spot for soccer players ;)
Thanks for the fun and the photos Angela. Good luck with your new line and I'll let you know when the first trunk show is!