Take Five with Designer Lanie Alabanza-Barcena

Designer, style icon, Lanie shares her takes quick five to chat about her newborn Bowie and her daily inspirations.

What are you inspired by?

Everyday women and their success stories.

Where are you from? Born in New Orleans, LA. Raised in San Diego. Learned about life at the School of Hard Knocks in New York… and currently adulting in Los Angeles.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I love radio jingles, lol.

What’s your go-to sneaker? Can never go wrong with a perfectly broken-in pair of Chucks.

What Jordan silhouette is your favorite? 4

What sneaker is on your wishlist? The COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Air Force 1 Mid’s

How you define yourself in 3 words? Empath. Workaholic. Libra.

What is the last book you read? lol, I just read The Pout-Pout Fish book to my daughter BUT currently reading The Four Agreement by Jon Miguel Ruiz for myself.

How would describe your style? Never not cozy… You can almost always find me in a pair of sneakers, baggy pants and a slouchy jacket.

What’s your idea of a perfect sneaker? The perfect sneaker has an interesting & unexpected play on materials and/or color palette with a perfect balance between loud and understated… and ALWAYS comfortable.

What about Common Ace is exciting to you? As a female run business for women, I’m most excited that women like me have a go-to shopping destination that is catered for us.

Who is your style icon?My daughter, Bowie Layne

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to speak your mind, give yourself some credit and it’s ok to say “no”

Converse Feng Chen Wang Jack Purcell Mid Sneakers $130.00 LUISAVIAROMA

Kenzo Kenzo x Vans floral $265.00 Farfetch

Nike Nike Air Force 1 '07/ Supreme/ Comme des Garçons sneakers $1706.00 $1535.00 Farfetch

Converse COMME DES GARÇONS PLAY X CONVERSE Chuck 70 CDG HI top sneakers $150.00 Farfetch

Kenzo Kenzo x Vans SK8 $265.00 Farfetch

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