We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooke Bryant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooke, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I decided to start my business for a few reasons… I felt like it was time to see what it would be like to actually enjoy my job and agree with the value and purpose of my work. I’ve had the office job lifestyle and some days I would dread the idea of working — so I thought about what would truly make me the happiest to do everyday and that is Wardrobe Styling.
I also started Style Me BB because I saw a gap in professional styling services around sustainable and ethical fashion. As people are becoming more conscious about the impact of fast fashion on the environment and garment workers, we need stylists that can help people achieve their desired looks while keeping that in mind. I have acquired a talent to shop for and utilize secondhand, sustainable, and ethically-made pieces to produce a wide range of styles. And I am so glad that I finally decided to share that with others because of the joy that I get to see from my clients.
What should our readers know about your business?
My styling business is all about making services accessible and customizing my work to meet my clients’ individual styling needs. I am here to help my clients find the unique style for their brand, events, or day-to-day lives. What sets my business apart from others is that I will always include a sustainable fashion aspect in my work. I would love to get to a point where I can use only secondhand, sustainable, and ethical pieces for my styling work. It is not easy but I love the challenges that come along with Style Me BB because styling is truly my passion. I am still learning everyday about how to grow my business and provide the most value for my clients,
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?
I love my city! As a transplant to Pittsburgh, this has become more of a home to me than I ever expected. I would recommend going to any of the vintage & secondhand shops, specifically Highway Robbery and Avalon Exchange! I would also highly recommend checking out a brewery like Trace Brewing and Hitchhiker Brewery. That’s what I would do on a typical *free* Saturday: thrift, shop vintage, and then go drink some beer with friends.
Unfortunately I have never spent time in Atlanta…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so grateful for Elysia Newman of Style412. She has consistently connected me with amazing people and resources in Pittsburgh.
We met via Instagram when I hit a wall sending DMs to Wardrobe Stylists in the area asking if I could help them out with anything as an attempt to see what being a full time stylist is all about. Then one day I saw a post from @Style412 about sustainable fashion (which is very important to me) and I decided to reach out to ask if we could collaborate on something to continue to spread the message, and that is when I created my first REAL styling content.
I really appreciate having someone in my corner who encourages me to continue on my path and explore more opportunities to grow my business.