Two BFWUSA Designers Share Their Stories

Brick Malone
Brick Malone is a custom and ready to wear designer brand based in Chicago, Illinois. Brick Malone caters to the confident woman, which represents the brands dedicating to personal service, custom fit, beautiful fashion and a spectacular look with a style that will complement her character and personality.
I love looking at buildings and getting ideas from that.  Color also plays a big part in my design process..
Favorite Thing About Fashion Industry:
No day is ever the same. Two individuals can interpret the same thing in different ways.
One Thing You Would Change About The Fashion Industry:
I think there should be a more diverse and versatile industry that represents the real people of the world who actually buys today's fashion. People like to see themselves in what the fashion industry presents to the public.
I want to see Brick Malone to be available in boutiques around the country.  I also want to do my share of reducing my carbon footprint by incorporating designs made with sustainable fabrics.
Upcoming Projects:
I'm currently working on my spring summer collection 2018

Tanya Ivory Mayes / The Ivory Collection
Tanya Ivory Mayes is the designer for The Ivory Collection label. Tanya studied Fashion Design in the Art Department and Marketing at University of North Texas. Tanya is also an award winning designer. The Textiles and Costume Institute of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston awarded her the Honorable Mention, Ready-To-Wear 16 Fine Arts Fashion Award. The Ivory Collection has been featured in WWD and the Dudley’s hair book. Tanya has also worked in wardrobe on films and music videos. She has artistic talent, including the ability to sketch, paint, sew, design and write.  She has shown her fashions in many prestigious shows in Houston. Fashion is Forever at the Toyota Center. The Black Heritage Festival, African Fashion Week Houston, Nzuri Hair show and Houston Black Fashion week USA, Chicago Black Fashion week USA, Midwest Fashion Week New York Fashion week, Official Superbowl Weekend LI Fashion Showcase Houston Live, Durham, NC Fashion Week. Dallas- The Fashion Palace.
I am inspired to help women feel good about themselves, confident and transformed.
Creative epression
Favorite Thing About Fashion Industry: It allows you to express yourself.
One Thing You Would Change About The Fashion Industry: I would want some of the processes to be more accessable.
My goal is to have a Fashion House and a lifestyle brand and be able to help others realize their dreams and find joy. I also want to be able to help woman and children as well as unite cultures through the arts.
Upcoming Projects:
Invited to New York Fashion Week
Houston Black Heritage Festival Show