Girl From HUNTERSVILLE by Tina Brehon takes on the Miami Design District
Rebecca Aaron: Congratulations on the pop-up, the mini-collection and the next fashion show! What does “naturally connected” mean to you?
Tina Brehon: Thank you so much! In short, there were a few elements that inspired this collection and I felt connected to all of them, hence the name. During the design process, I took my time and let my thoughts and moods guide me. “Naturally Connected” is definitely a feeling and a vibe. It is, without any excuse, embracing who you are, being aware of yourself, loving and doing things true to you.
RA: What do you want people to take away from your fashion show?
TB: Joy! I want to evoke the emotion. I would like people to be interested in the brand, excited about what’s to come, and follow me on my journey. But above all, I want women to feel seen.
RA: How do you want women to feel when wearing your designs?
TB: I want women to feel confident, empowered, and comfortable in my rooms. However, it is more important to me that they know that when wearing GFH they are supporting a dream. They also help send a clear message to other aspiring black designers that their dreams are possible.
RA: How does it feel to work with Adidas on an impactful and sustainable initiative?
TB: Working with Adidas is beyond! I love that they support my efforts to move forward, which I really believe in. I feel very lucky to be a blessing to others with their help. I am also in a space where I actively seek to be more sustainable and more environmentally friendly as an individual and as a brand. I would like to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Adidas has been very encouraging. I love working with them!
RA: How do you hope this collection can empower other black women in fashion?
TB: I hope my story as a whole encourages them to continue. I have so much respect and gratitude for the black women who have led the way in fashion, and with this collection I want to add to that portrayal. It’s no secret that there is a lack of opportunity and access for black women in the fashion world. However, each time one of us pushes our way, we create space for the next. I want black women to know that they have a voice, that they deserve and have a place, especially girls from neighborhoods around the world like the one I am from.
RA: What’s next for Tina Brehon and Girl from HUNTERSVILLE?
TB: I’ve been very busy lately which is an absolute blessing! I’m currently working on a few projects right now that I’m really excited about and can’t wait to share. I look forward to producing new collections, collaborating, creating content, and continuing to advocate for black women in the future.
Want more culture? Sign up to receive the Cultured newsletter, a bi-weekly guide to what’s new and next steps in art, architecture, design and more.