I read that you were a star basketball player in high school, upon graduating was it something you considered sticking with?
Brittany M. Byrd: I was super good at basketball. It was my favorite thing to do for like, ever. Basketball grounded me; made me who I am. It was a very disciplinary thing for me. I never wanted to really go pro or anything. It was my passion, it was something I loved to do, I love to exercise. My brain functions on a higher level when I exercise period. I’ve always had the crossover between that and fashion my entire life. So like being a girl, being a tomboy, personally, I just had the polar opposites as far as things to do. Ball was definitely life at one point.
When did you realize that the fashion industry was one that you wanted to make strides in?
Brittany M. Byrd: I have a lot of my mom to thank for that. I got my first pair of designer sneakers at age seven. They were denim Moschino sneakers that I just adored. When you see things – you just know. I’m just a very energy, in-tune person so fashion is deeper than just clothes for me. At that point in time, I was just seven but I was like ‘oh, so this is high fashion’ and that interest just stuck. You know how you automatically gravitate towards something? Fashion was one of those things for me. There wasn’t just one day where it clicked. I’ve always worn crazy things and colored hair. I dyed my hair hot pink for the first time in the seventh grade. Now my hair is hot pink so it’s kind of like revisiting that.
Which leads me to your style sense, what’s the inspiration behind your style?
Brittany M. Byrd: I’ve always been inspired by Japanese punk and Harajuku. Pharrell is also a big inspiration for me. There is no specific source or reason, you know? It’s just one of those things.
What are some of your initial experiences in the fashion industry?
Brittany M. Byrd: I first started styling when I was 16.There was just a natural knack for it. I started out interning at different fashion houses. Well, I wouldn’t say houses. They were just different random designers I knew of through word of mouth. I would go to different stores I liked and learned about manufacturers through asking questions. It was kind of just me exploring and figuring out the back end of fashion.
Being that you’re currently a student at Parson’s, what do you think about pursuing education in the creative field?
Brittany M. Byrd: It’s a personal path. With or without school, if your mind is set on something, that will be your path. Personally, I’m a sponge. I love learning. I’ve been a nerd my whole life. The thing is when I say I love to read, it wouldn’t typically be about science but I’ll read about the early days of Alexander McQueen or how Raf Simons became the creative director of Dior. It’s really about filling yourself with knowledge when it comes to things you really like. I love working with other creatives. I love feeding off of that creative energy. I don’t know what it’s like to do it without school because I’ve been in school for the past five years. I go to the top school in the country for my field so I am very proud to say that on my end. Yes, it is time consuming but then you become older, you learn about time management, and prioritize if you’d like to graduate. I’m not a quitter, I can’t start something and not finish it.