We had the good fortune of connecting with Darbee Pass and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darbee, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a creative career because I simply have a hard time seeing myself doing anything else. Pursuing a creative career or lifestyle for that matter, never meant limiting myself, whatsoever. I have always made things, I have always been a wanderer, and I have a great eye for piecing things together. The fashion/beauty realm(s) have me in a choke hold so since I’m here growing and creating I make it a personal duty of mine to leave a positive and impactful mark as an Image Consultant.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from other Image Consultants is that I’m not just a “fashion girl”. I love to have my hands in both the beauty and fashion realms. From wardrobe styling to lash artistry, I am keeping my skill set(s) fresh! I am most proud of my will power to keep moving forward in a space that’s considered “saturated” and definitely has no clear step by step path to success.
I couldn’t have made it to where I am today with out continuing to invest in myself educationally and financially. I’ve learned along the way that there are many flaws in both the beauty and fashion industries but that I can take more sustainable approaches to make a major social impact.
With all that being said, I would love for the world to know that my commitment to success isn’t only outlined in how I bring your style and beauty needs to life, but also how I choose to push growth and advancement in the beauty/fashion realm(s). Like many others driven by their creative bond to fashion, I was initially focused on finding my “glamorous” role in the industry. After some exposure, adversity, and research, I began to understand the lack of urgency for sustainability, moral treatment, and representation in the industry I care so much about. So today, I am a woman eager to continue to learn about how to contribute to redefining how the beauty/fashion industry operates in the future. And I appreciate everyone who’s been supporting me on this journey.
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.
I love this question! If my bestie was visiting me in Detroit, Mi for a week here’s what you could expect in our itinerary:
Monday – Morningside Cafe (a black owned coffee shop) to start the day off with some breakfast and organizing
Walk through the Riverwalk (downtown), maybe lunch out there
Dinner @ the DAC (Detroit Athletic Club) *note, this place is exclusive so you must be plugged in! Which I am hehe.
Tuesday – a hot, quick, tasty AND cheap breakfast @ Clique
Lunch @ La Fogata (it’s at a gas station but the tacos are great and cheap) to start off the taco Tuesday energy
Dinner @ hmm.. just go to Mexican town and find a good spot! Grab some authentic Mexican desserts too!
Wednesday- breakfast at Ochre Bakery then thrifting!
Fun places to thrift in Michigan — the Velvet Tower, Boro, Detroit Clothing Circle, Flamingo Vintage Detroit, Rareables, Vogue Vintage, Heavin in Motion, Leftover Loot, Hype Whores (not all physical retail stores but all are metro Detroit, look them up on Instagram!)
Happy hour & dinner @ Takoi (so vibey & great drinks)
Thursday – breakfast at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) and enjoy the museum
Visit Detroit Beauty Collective and Bronzed n Glow for beauty needs/purchases/services
Grab some hibachi for lunch at Yoshi’s
Check out the black businesses on the Livernois strip!
Dinner @ Le Culture Cafe
Friday – brunch @ Le Petit (yes, mimosa pitchers there!)
Fun in the sun at the Belle Isle beach!
Grab a smoothie from Fresh Rootz (The Refresher juice is my fav, I always make into a smoothie!)
Dinner @ Leila
Saturday – get up early and choose a Coney Island to grab a quick breakfast then head over to the Eastern market! Fresh produce and so many small businesses around to support!
A vegan Lunch @ Vegan Soul or Sevas (can’t decide!)
Quick dinner pick up from Bucharest so you can enjoy some nightlife fun at Spotlite
Sunday – Delmar Detroit brunch darty vibes!
Then enjoy the Monroe Street Midway, Detroit’s very own outdoors roller rink.
And enjoy a nearby food truck.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shout out the book “The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Arts, Ideas, and History of What We Wear”. I’ve never read anything so real, rich, and passionate about what we wear! It’s so relatable and informative. Ever since I’ve had this book, I’ve been referencing it throughout my entire creative journey. A must read. They don’t make fashion journals like this anymore.
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