INSP-HER-A-TION : Getting to know designer – VYANA Brie

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Meet VYANA Brie, an amazing talented individual whom I was introduced to through mutual friends. Upon first meeting her, I knew her as an MUA ( and she’s damn good at it I might add ); however, overtime I learned that she is multi-facted in the creative realm and most recently released a look book for her new clothing line, SAULT.

Read more below to get to know Miss VYANA Brie and the meaning and inspiration behind her new brand, SAULT.

Most people know you as an amazing MUA but you are so much more as a creative! Could you let us know a bit about your fashion design and how you got started?

THANK YOU! WELL I GRADUATED FROM DESIGN SCHOOL MAJORING IN FASHION DESIGN IN 2014, DURING THAT TIME I WORKED FOR SEVERAL DESIGNERS UNDER SOME AWESOME INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN SUCH AS MISS LAWN HEAD DESIGNER OF HELLZ BELLZ A WOMENSWEAR STREETWEAR BRAND IN LOS ANGELES I LEARNED A LOT FROM HER, NOT ONLY DESIGN WISE BUT BUSINESS WISE. BUT I’VE ALWAYS HAD A CLEAR VISION FOR THE UTILITY OF MY GIFTS TO BE USED IN FASHION, SINCE I WAS SKETCHING AND DESIGNING FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE IT WAS ALWAYS A NATURAL EXPRESSION OF CREATIVITY FOR ME.

Your new brand, SAULT, is simply amazing. What is the inspiration behind your brand?

I APPRECIATE THAT SO MUCH, IT’S TRULY A LABOR OF LOVE I ALWAYS SAY. THE INSPIRATION CAME FROM A PLACE WHEN I WAS TRYING TO SEE WHAT I WANTED TO SAY AND GIVE BACK TO THE WORLD THROUGH DESIGN NOT ONLY TO CREATE FOR CAPITAL. IN MY RESEARCH I FOUND THAT THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS THE #2 POLLUTER IN THE WORLD AND ITS WORKFORCE IS FILLED WITH UNDERPAID, OVERWORKED, WORKERS AND UNBEARABLE CONDITIONS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT STRUCK A CHORD IN ME AND I FELT AN OBLIGATION AS A DESIGNER AND FORWARD THINKER TO DEDICATE WHAT I DECIDED TO CREATE TO IMPACTING A CHANGE. TO ALSO ALLOW PEOPLE TO START THINKING ABOUT THE CONNECTIVITY THAT FASHION HAS NOT ONLY TO THE HUMAN NECESSITY OF BEING CLOTHED, BUT THE EFFECT THE FASHION INDUSTRY HAS ON THE ECO SYSTEM, ECONOMY, & OUR BODIES. SAULT REPRESENTS ALL THESE THINGS, THROUGH TEXTILE, PRODUCTION AND THE UNITY OF CREATIVES THAT CREATE WITH VISION AND PURPOSE.

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What is your favorite piece that you have created for the line thus far?

IT WOULD DEFINITELY BE THE “PURE SUIT” A TWO- PIECE ATHLETIC /SWIMWEAR PIECE THAT IS ENTIRELY UNIQUE AND CAN BE WORN IN SO MANY WAYS SEPARATE OR TOGETHER. I LOVE STYLING IT WITH THE INDIGO RAW JEAN FROM MY PRE COLLECTION IT GIVES IT THE PERFECT MENSWEAR INFLUENCE THAT I JUST ADORE IN WOMENSWEAR LOOKS.

What are 3 must haves during your creative process?

  1. QUIET, NO DISTRACTIONS SO MY MIND IS CLEAR AND FOCUSED
  2. SKETCH PAD, I HAVE TONS ALL FULL OF DIFFERENT PHASES OF DESIGN I’VE BEEN IN THROUGH THE YEARS
  3. NATURE, THE SERENE ENERGY IS THE ULTIMATE PEACE

Your personal style is so fly! Who/What are some of your current inspirations?

THANKS! CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH KRISTEN NOEL CRAWLY, DON C’S WIFE, I JUST LOVE HER EFFORTLESS CHIC STYLE MATCHED WITH THE HER PERFECT PARISIAN BOB CUT & FLAWLESS SKIN. IM ALSO MAJORLY INSPIRED BY MELISSA VENEZULA OF THE FASHION CITIZENS I ADORE HER PERSONAL STYLE AND ESTHETIC. OVERALL I’M INTRIGUED BY MINIMALISM, UNDERSTATED FEMININE SILHOUETTES, AND MENSWEAR AS WOMENS WEAR. I LOVE TO FEEL POWERFUL, SHOW MY CURVES BUT NOT BE OVER SEXUALIZED.

What obstacles have you faced as a woman in the creative industry?

THE FIRST THING I CAN THINK OF IS BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY & NOT BEING UNDERESTIMATED BECAUSE OF APPEARANCE, KNOWING MY WORTH, AND RECEIVING THAT THROUGH PROPER COMPENSATION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. AS A WOMAN IN ANY INDUSTRY BECAUSE MOST ARE MALE DRIVIN YOU HAVE TO BE TWICE AS PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND UNCOMPROMISING ON THE MATTERS THAT YOU FEEL MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT AND CONNECTED TO. I’IVE ALSO FACED INTELLECTUAL & DESIGN THEFT BY JUST NOT KNOWING CERTAIN THINGS EARLY ON SO NOW I‘M A BIG ADVOCATE OF PAPERWORK BEFORE ANY TRANSACTION OF IDEAS ALSO COPYRIGHTS & TRADEMARKS SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE IN ANY CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS VENTURES!

What advice would you give to other ladies looking to be in the creative industry?

I WOULD ADVISE THEM TO OBTAIN AS MUCH INFORMATION, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AS POSSIBLE TILL THEY ARE FULLY EQUIPPED TO STEP OUT ON THEIR OWN. BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY HICCUPS YOU CAN AVOID IF YOU CAN LEARN FROM OTHERS EXPERIENCES WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN THERE. BECAUSE THERE IS LITERALLY NOTHING THAT YOU’RE SETTING OUT TO DO THAT SOMEONE HAS NOT ALREADY DONE AND FOUND SUCCESS IN EVEN IF YOUR OVERALL IDEA IS UNIQUE THERE IS ALWAYS A BLUEPRINT. ALSO I WOULD TELL THEM NOT TO BE JADED BY FOLLOWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR OTHER PEOPLE’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS LONG AS YOU ARE DEDICATED TO YOUR VISION WITH A SOILD BUSINESS PLAN, TEAM AND INNOVATIVE IDEA FOR THE MARKET YOU CAN OBTAIN YOUR GOAL. TO BE ARTISTIC AND BUSINESS MINDED GO HAND IN HAND IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR ART YOUR CAREER. BE WELL ROUNDED WITH AN OPEN MINDED TO NOT ONLY YOUR PERSONAL SURROUNDINGS BUT THE WORLD YOUR EFFECTING WITH YOUR PERSPECTIVE MAKE SURE IT’S MEANINGFUL.EVERYONE IS CREATIVE IN THEIR OWN WAY BUT THE ONES WHO REALLY STAND FOR SOMETHING ARE THE ONES WHO ARE REMEMBERED.

Bonus* You are such an insp-her-ation! What can we expect to see from SAULT in the future?

THANK YOU! YOU CAN EXPECT A LIMITED SUMMER RELEASE AT THE END OF THE MONTH EARLY JUNE OF SOME GREAT ESSENTIAL PIECES FOR MEN AND WOMEN THEN FOLLOWING WILL BE THE RELEASE OF DELIVERY ONE OF THE OFFICIAL SAULT COLLECTION F/S 16. I’M SO EXCITED TO SHARE BEAUTIFUL NEW VISUALS, EXPERIENCES, AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE BRAND WITH EVERYONE!

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