We had the good fortune of connecting with Braylee Flaska and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Braylee, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve never thought about anything else! When I was in elementary playing soccer I would tell my mom I HAD to become a professional because I HAD to have people wearing my name on the back of their shirts. Which clearly translates as to why I became a fashion designer and stylist. My favorite part of school was getting ready in the mornings. I never had a certain style specifically, I would switch it up every day. I often found myself wanting clothes I was sketching, but couldn’t find in store. My mom would help me make clothes throughout high school until I learned the proper process of garment making in college. People really liked what I wore and made so I started selling. It all came very natural to me and there’s not a day that I’m not excited to create something! I always say- if it’s not fun, I don’t want to do it!
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.
I think what sets me apart from others is that I ALWAYS have FUN! I believe you can be serious and work extremely hard and still love and enjoy what you’re doing. It’s easy for me to say that because I am obsessed with creating and learning. Not everyone can say they love their job which makes me even more grateful I get to do this! The road getting here was not easy of course, and still isn’t. It’s a constant battle of making time for friends/family and still having time to sew and be creative. Having supportive people around you plays such a big part in overcoming challenges and failures. My most proud moments so far in my career are working with Jan Strimple/Candy Long, my internship in London with Palmer//Harding, creating my senior collection at UNT, and working for Pat McGrath in NYC. These experiences brought me the opportunities and knowledge to confidently start my own brand! The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is to not take anything personal. In the fashion industry people can get extremely demanding and stressed but it’s only because they want the end result perfect! I want the world to see my clothes and smile, laugh, dance, have fun! Also, I want to spark curiosity and creativity in other people! I use a lot of plastic, recycled material, and enjoy patch-working garments together. I love to see people react to my garments, then slowly get closer to them and ask how I made it! Telling people about the process of making a garment is extremely important to me. Fast fashion is a HUGE problem, and I hope by educating people on how garments are made, I can show them why it needs to be stopped. If I can encourage people to wear recycled garments/ locally made AND help educate them on the fashion industry it’s a win win!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend was visiting in warm weather we would definitely do a lot of outdoor activities! She’s never been here so obviously we are going to The Joule to look over the infinity pool while drinking midday Mimosas. Then maybe walk around downtown Dallas and do some shopping at Forty Five Ten, Neiman Marcus, Traffic LA, probably a little photo shoot with the Giant Eyeball. Then Tex-Mex for dinner (duh)! Museum day! I would take her to the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crow Museum. Between museum visits we would grab a delicious greasy food truck meal and sit in the sun at Klyde Warren Park. The next day I would take her to Bishop Arts and have lunch at Paradiso. Then we would walk around all the little shops on the block. After that a quick drive over to Cidercade Dallas to play unlimited arcade games and try all the different Ciders! If she’s still not ready to leave we would take a 30 min drive to Lewisville Lake! My friend has a boat so we would go out tubing and surfing all day! They also have places to rent out boats and equipment. Yesterday was a long day so today we are just going to walk around and shop at Highland Park Village. Lunch at Mi Cocina and drinks at Lounge 31. It’s been over 24 hours since we’ve been in water so we HAVE to find a pool. The W will have to do. Not too shabby, I’d say. And you know what, while we are here let’s go to a Mavs game too! Today is her last day so I am taking her to the zoo! After walking around all day seeing the amazing animals we are going for a drive! A MUST to drive over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and look at the Dallas skyline. Then SURPRISE I got us tickets to go to the top of Reunion Tower. We get ready at her hotel then head over to look at Dallas from the top of the world! What a trip!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow I have a lot of people who have helped me along the way! First, my parents!! Hello! Without them I would absolutely have not been able to pursue this career. They have always supported and guided me to do what I love without hesitation. I think that is why I go after what I want so fearlessly. I know they have my back! Also of course, my fashion family. I have learned from some of the most genuine and intelligent people! Jan Strimple, Candy Long, Levi Palmer, Matthew Harding, Pat McGrath, Susan Posnick, Bonnie Roche – just to name a few! I am SO lucky to know all of these incredible people who have given me such amazing insight and so much advice for surviving this industry. I am very grateful to have love and excitement surrounding me.
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