Francisco Costa, creative extraordinaire, and founder of Costa Brazil, a sustainable skincare line and home scent, shares his curiosity, advice, and bad day back up plan.
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED IN HIGH SCHOOL?
Learning by example, pride. Civic duty, being polished.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST PET PEEVE?
Cabinet doors open.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR THAT MAKES YOU FEEL STRONG?
A suit always does.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN THE WORKPLACE?
Energy and commitment.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE STARTING THEIR OWN COMPANY?
Get the best advice you can, the best lawyer you can, surround yourself with good people. Go blindly, dig.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I’m very curious, excitement creating. I’m not a managerial person, but I’m a creative person.
WHAT IS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?
Picture of my parents, John, a phone charger, water, new CBD oil.
WHAT GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?
The Death Valley.
WHAT IS YOUR BAD DAY BACKUP PLAN?
You gotta ride out the bad day – center. It’s not about you, take a deep breath.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
What’s yet to come.
BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
From Calvin Klein: “There is no such thing as right or wrong, only the right time or wrong time.”
WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT?
Work, excitement, designing.
WHAT DID YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF LOVE DOING?
Building mock houses.
WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU GRAB IN A FIRE?
Grab a picture of my mom, my wallet, my husband!
FAVORITE WORK OF ART?
Guernica, 1937, by Pablo Picasso. I remember seeing it for the first time, it made an impact.
A book of poetry I go to, the way you would go to the Bible for advice, by Adélia Prado.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR PARENTS ABOUT YOU?
That I’m still in NYC!
WHAT FICTIONAL CHARACTER DO YOU HAVE A CRUSH ON?
IF YOU WERE A SINGER, WHAT WOULD BE THE NAME OF YOUR FIRST ALBUM?
To learn more about Francisco’s eco-friendly, minimalist, and beautiful skincare line, Costa Brazil, check out his website and follow him on Instagram: