Fashion designer interview Brittany Barbee
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I have always been dreaming of becoming a fashion designer! But it just feels like I don’t have the skills or knowledge to start it. But I couldn’t stay away from fashion altogether. So I became a fashion blogger, at least for now! I still hope in the future I will somehow find a door towards this dream.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE blogging! Being a fashion blogger even comes with a lot of perks. One of them is to be invited to attend some fashion shows. Last Sunday that happened as I was invited to Flint, Michigan to be at the Evolve Show that displayed the talents of one of our local Michigan fashion designers, Brittany Barbee.
Brittany and I have been Twitter friends for a long time. We tweeted back and forth fairly often. I adore her talent and admire the hard work she puts in to be a fashion designer. It was a pleasure to be a part of her show and I was very excited to get the chance to interview her. Read on!
1. I know you started sewing at age 7, but when did that turn into a dream of being a fashion designer?
I started to pursue a career as a fashion designer in 2010. I decided that i didn’t want to finish my degree in political science and I felt the strong urge to make clothes.
2. Why is your brand is called 786? What’s the story behind it?
I didn’t want to use my name but I still wanted my brand to represent me. I was born in july of 1986 and that is where SevenEightySix comes from.
3. The single best thing about being a fashion designer is?
The best thing about being a designer so far is the people that I get to meet. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel and meet people and connect with them on what fashion means to them and hear first hand what they are looking for.
4. What were your inspirations for the designs you created for this Evolve show?
My inspiration for the show was my journey that I’ve experienced this year. In a way it represents my personal life. I moved back to Michigan and stripped myself of a lot of things to become more focused on designing and who I am as a designer. I am evolving as a person and as a designer and I wanted a collection that reflected that.
5. What is your design process? Do you use napkin sketches? Design tools and paper or high tech with special software?
Im not sure if my process can actually be considered a process LOL. Most of the time things just pop up in my head and it is usually something weird and unconventional and I lock myself in a room and sew or drape until I’m happy with the outcome. I rarely sketch unless I have to. it feels like a waste of time most of the time unless i’m working one on one with someone else.
6. 786 currently is a womenswear brand. I know you are planning to expand to menswear in the future. Tell us more about your vision for where you hope to be in 3 years.
In 3 years I hope to have a strong retail presence online and in boutiques. In the long run I would love to be in a major department store. I’m not saying that can’t happen in 3 years, but I think that most people who really have a passion for fashion look for it in boutiques. I think my customer is that individual who seeks out fashion.
7. I know there are a lot of young girls out there who are hoping to be a fashion designer like you. What should they be doing, learning or practicing?
BOTH! Experience is the best teacher. A lot of designing is having an eye for style and having a taste level to where you know what just works and what doesn’t. You can’t teach that. But you can learn the business aspect and I strongly encourage that.
8. Designing your own brand has to be hard. I’m sure there were many times you wanted to give up. What or who kept you going?
This season what kept me going are my supporters. There is one little girl especially that looks up to me as a designer and she wants to design as well. Reading her messages and seeing her work on her craft inspires me. I wish I had that type of focus when I was younger and knew that this is what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Please visit http://www.786fashion.com to learn more about Brittany and see her wonderful collections. Below are more of my look from that night at the show. Don’t forget to join Color and Grace Fashion linkup below! Have a great day! 🙂
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