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

Hi Eric, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
It has been a huge factor in my career! Im from Baltimore, MD and I relocated to Los Angeles early March, 2020. As we all know it was one of the most unprecidented times in history…here I was, alone in a new city chasing a dream. That risk single handedly changed my life, because I could’ve easily went back home to what I knew to be comfortable and safe. Instead I stuck it out & kept pursuing my dream of being a designer.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art comes from a place of me not having what I’d like and creating it. I always look in my wardrobe to see what I don’t have, then go from there. Everything about my brand I make sure it represents me in some way. Minimal designs on exceptional quality garments. Quite often I make conversational pieces where it sparks an idea or an opinion and that always excites me as well.

I’ve been styling and designing since I was a teenager. I would style my entire household lol. It always came easy for me to look at what I had available and make something out of it. That factor alone sets me apart because I know that the lack of resources has always forced me to be more creative. I still use those same life skills today when designing.

I dreamed of having a clothing brand one day, but of course I was in my own way of starting it. I started blogging 8 years ago, which I used that platform to express my ideas of design and creativity. I knew that someday I would launch my own brand there..but the risk taker in me just said to start from scratch and that’s what I did. I had my first PopUp in LA before I had even moved here. It took place in Echo Park, in October 2019. That experience was very difficult to pull off, because I hadn’t had many resources to rely on without me physically living here yet, but again my support system helped the best they could to make it happen.

I’ve learned that having a solid team is a great foundation to have when being a creative of any sort. If it were up to me, that’s all I’d like to focus on, but that isn’t realistic. Things have to make sense and be practical as well, which is why it’s imperative to have people that you can rely on and trust. Although my team is small, they are mighty.

What I’d like the world to know about my brand and story is that anything is possible. I know it sounds cliche, but if a kid from Baltimore can move across the country, alone in a pandemic to chase a dream, what’s your excuse? I had set a plan of what I was going to do once I moved here and all of that was cancelled! Which left me unsure if this was even the move for me to make. I doubted was my timing off, should I give up and just move back home. I made a decision that it wasn’t up for debate. I had already waited long enough to take the leap of faith and knew it wasn’t any turning back. Just 3 months after moving here, I was invited to a Pop Up in Inglewood, and sold out of everything I had. People were literally taking clothes out of my hands before I could place them on a hanger to show them. These lessons really taught me to believe and just trust yourself. Nothing beats consistency and showing up as your authentic self.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First I’d say we’d go to Hilltop Coffee to kick of the day. I always get good vibes in Inglewood. Another great food spot is Grilled Fraiche. I always take family and friends there when visiting.. their food is great! To hang out, I enjoy Runyon Canyon for sure, exploring is always my thing so finding a trail or learning of a new hike is exciting. I also surf too so anywhere going north toward Malibu (to avoid less traffic) I’d be game to do.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most definitely that would be my family. My career couldn’t have been in the forefront as it has been without out them. My life partner has made the transition smooth as it could possibly be. I’m naturally a risk taker and will always jump to the opportunity of taking a calculated one. With that being said, there has to be some sort of balance to my unpredictability and I wouldn’t be where I am today without that balance. My support system knows exactly who they are, kudos to them!

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