While perusing through the hashtag #style on Instagram, I came across the pictures of a previous schoolmate of mine, Brittany Byrd (@BrittanyMByrd). Her West Coast, laid back vibe and persona has always caught my eye, and I knew she would be perfect to spotlight as a Style Fanatic!
Originally from LA, Brittany moved to the East Coast at 18 to attend St. Johns University in New York, majoring in communications. A very last minute decision, Brittany original planned to attend USC and play college basketball. While at St. John’s, Brittany was not in love with the teaching curriculum and the location of the school, so to explore her more “creative and artsy side” she decided to transfer to Parsons Design school. Now majoring in Strategic Design and management, Brittany says she absolutely loves it!
Style Fanatic had a few questions for Miss Brittany regarding her love for the industry, what she has concurred so far and where she finds herself in the future.
How are you are involved with the fashion industry and how did you get your start on this path you are embarking on?
“As far as fashion goes I’ve been interning in the industry since I was about 15. I got an internship with a local designer in downtown Los Angeles where I got to see the ins and outs of how a company works. I then interned for the owner of Joie and Joe jeans and helped start a denim company called A.N.D which is now in major retailers such as Bergdorfs and Bloomingdales.”
She continues on with explaining how she was very hands on with the A.N.D brand, which stands for “A new denim”. Tasks including fetching the denim after being imported from places such as Japan, transporting product the factories, and handling overall production of the brand. She really helped mold the company. All this being done while under the contemporary brand, Aiko.
Asked her “specific” title in the industry, Brittany responded by saying she’s involved in almost every aspect of her projects, from marketing to designing, stylist and creative directing.
Having experience in both styling magazine editorials and celebrity wardrobe styling, Brittany says she really enjoys editorial styling the most due to the creative process and her enjoyment in making mood boards to send out.
Your ultimate goal in this industry?
“I can’t say I have an ultimate goal, because everyday I learn something new and have a million interest in things I’m just ready for the ride whatever happens.”