We had the good fortune of connecting with Corinne Brothers and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Corinne, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I love knowing how things are made. At Rule DD, we see apparel concepts through from start to finish, working with our clients and team to figure out all the details in between. Our clients have diverse backgrounds and come from all over the country, collaborating with these creatives is what makes our process so exciting and unique. Each project is different, and there is celebration in approaching the challenges they bring individually.

I started as a pattern-drafter – I was able to produce my own designs, exploring both shape and construction. It’s pure magic how two-dimensional pieces come together to create a three-dimensional garment. When I first started, I was my own sample maker too, and that taught me so much about fabric choice and application. Learning to design is like learning a language – working with other designers and makers honed my ability to produce more comprehensive, complex garments in a more efficient, effective manner.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’ve always been a rule breaker… When I was growing up, my mom used to tell me – “You’ve got to know the rules, before you can break them.” This mantra stuck with me and ultimately became the founding ethos for Rule DD. That said, being a Rule Breaker for me is about making respectful, exploratory decisions – pushing the boundaries, while continuing to grow and build knowledge on a strong foundation. It’s thinking outside of the box, but understanding why the box exists in the first place. I am a Rule Breaker because I love asking questions, learning new things, and challenging the status quo.

I truly get excited about each and every one of our client projects, it’s my favorite thing about this job. It’s always exciting to guide a designer through their debut collection, but maybe even more satisfying when they are ready for their 2nd or 3rd collection, etc. Seeing designers grow, evolving with their brand and customers is really exciting.

I’m proud of our in-house brand, Barbra Lorain, which is where I go to design for myself, have fun, experiment and explore. It’s an important outlet to have and enjoy as a creative.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Fashion District, of course! What a slice of life – I love that I get to come downtown every day and be a part of this sector. Not only is this where we work – where all of our clothes are made for Rule DD – but you’ve got great places for coffee (Verve and Il Café), lunch (9th St Ramen and Uncle Paulie’s), afterwork drinks (Cara Cara, the rooftop bar at The Proper Hotel and Pattern Bar), and entertainment (The Orpheum and Theatre at the Ace Hotel). I love giving suggestions in this area for our of town clients – and even those clients who are local!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My team is one of our biggest highlights as a brand – it’s been such a joy to grow with and alongside the individuals on our roster. We share such a passion for the process, projects and products we work on, and with that comes great attention to detail. It’s not always easy, but collectively we’re ready to dig in and figure it out when things get tough.

Website: ruledd.com

Instagram: @rule.dd

Linkedin: Corinne Brothers

Image Credits
Nicki Contreras + Eric Kelly

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