Inspired to make their mark in the fashion industry, the Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) at Philadelphia University held their 3rd annual Talkin’ Fashion event earlier this month. BRAG’s mission is to provide people of color who are interested in retail and related industries with the necessary skills to succeed by offering an intensive summer internship program and scholarship recipient opportunity.
The goal of the event was to provide an opportunity to connect with some of the leading fashion professionals within the Philadelphia community throughout all facets of fashion, whether that be the matters of seo style for marketing or the influences on their personal clothing choices. The panel included:
- Myorr Janha, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Rush Communications and Simmons Design
- Dominique Negron, an upcoming designer and stylist in Philadelphia
- Terniqua Osborne, a graduate of Philadelphia University and currently Retail Systems Coordinator at G.H. Bass & Co. (through Phillip-Van Heusen)
- Damien Pessolano, a buyer for Villa
- Vladi Marchena, a full-time professional model
The panelists were asked a series of questions that related to their professional careers as well hobbies and interests. Exploring topics about internships, job placement, struggles and success stories gave many of the students present an inside scoop into the fashion world.
Who’s behind this event? BRAGs executive board really wanted to take this year’s event to a whole new level. Not only are these young ladies fashionable and trendy, but they all possess a tremendous passion for fashion. The ladies of BRAG foster a community of individuals with the goal of gaining insights into the fashion industry. They support one another and most importantly challenge each other to do their best.
Check out more photos from the event and a Q&A with BRAG President Simone Billings:
Q&A with BRAGs President Simone Billings:
Q: Tell Me about the event.
A. We’re really excited to host our 3rd annual Talkin’ Fashion event. We really make it our business to find industry professionals who can give insight to young people who are still searching for what they really want to do. This gives them an opportunity to see different aspects of the fashion business and see how they might fit in.
Q: What are some of the other events BRAG hosts?
A: We do a lot of local school events, and we do have our BRAG Thrift event coming up soon. It’s something new for the spring where everyone comes together and thrifts. We will have tables set up with second hand clothing and accessories, and for $3 you can fill a bag with some of the items. The members of BRAG as well as some Philly University students will donate everything. It’s a really big fundraiser for us. We also have monthly master classes, which are basically like this event just smaller.
Q: What are your plans for Talkin’ Fashion next year?
A: The opportunities for Talkin’ Fashion are endless. We really hope that we can expand this event and maybe partner with other organizations at other colleges. But, i think the creativity of our members and board is amazing-so stay tuned!
Q: Describe your style to me?
A: I think my style is classic edgy. I definitely love classic simple pieces that have a touch of sarcasm and a little bit of sex appeal to them.
Q: Who are some of your style icons?
A: I really love Daphne Guinness! I think she is amazing and super confident in everything she wears. Victoria Beckham has really great style too.
Q: Name the one piece of clothing you can’t live without.
A: I cannot live without a pair of earrings-I never leave the house without them.