Miss Bruno

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In case you’re looking to stand out amongst your fashionable peers who are sure to be sporting the scarf trend, we encourage you to get a piece from Miss Bruno’s “My So called scarf” collection in your life. Both quirky and dynamic in design, their neck accessories line was our formal introduction to the brand. Meanwhile, we can’t wait to see what their future collections including “My So called dress” and a menswear line named “Buster Bruno” have in store.

Q: So tell us, who are the creative geniuses behind missbruno?
“My sister Marjory Bruno and I, Shirley, are co-designers and co-creators of missbruno. And of course our big sister gorgeous one, Jerry, basically created us.”

Q: When did you Miss Bruno launch?
“We launched our first collection featuring vintage dresses and bloomers in August 2006, and our original design collection of so-called scarves debuted in December 2007. Some would call it a mid-season collection but we really don’t follow the industry seasons. We find the whole concept to be counter-intuitive and we like the idea of one collection staying current and relevant throughout the year.”

Q: What made the two of you decide to launch the line?
“Well, I can say it probably really all sparked with this one dress we constructed. It was that Tulip dress that inspired the inception of the line. We used this Malian batik fabric with this really animated graphic print and paired it with a tuile petticoat and this apple red suede sash which was both embedded into the design as well as adjustable. It had haute couture detailing but you could roll it up and pack it in a suitcase with ease and you didn’t have to iron it! We realized it was everything that we were: detailed, whimsical, yet entirely practical. We love pretty things but pains like ironing and fussy zippers can sometimes irk us!”

Q: Where are you two based?
“Brooklyn by way of Croix-des-Bouquets, Ayiti.

Q: Since this month is Black History Month, how do you feel about Black fashion back then compared to now?
“It’s the same. Black fashion is transient, ever changing, like it’s always been. But we are noticing a reclaiming of certain co-opted funky styles like the Mohawk which has origins amongst the Shilluk and Dinka, also the disk ear plugs, and the over saturated prints.”

Q: How does your culture and heritage influence your designs?
“Everything influences us, like the nuances in the Brothers Quay animation films, Haitian folk tales like the infamous story Tezin, about a girl and her unrequited love for a fish; architecture in hairstyles and buildings; plus we love to OD off of the fabrics themselves. We often let the fabric dictate what the design will be. But we definitely embody a characteristic found in all African and indigenous art, where art meets purpose and function.”

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Q: What type of materials and fabrics do you two use in your collections?
“We use lots of batik, linen, Indian raw cotton, canvas, raw silks, vintage leather, recycled materials and we’re experimenting with leather alternatives like ultrasuede. We also use a lot of Yoruba aso oke, which is actually one of our favorite materials. It’s made with wild silk and cotton dyed in indigo and weaved together typically by men in this very intricate weaving system so that no two pieces are exactly alike. The colors combinations are insane! And the patterns reveal subtle details about each region they come from.”

Q: Tell us about the latest collection “ My So-Called Scarf.”
“It just developed organically. It’s a dance between unlikely textures and colors and something that was in step with our design philosophy: lush fabrics, inventive, patterns full of history, clean design.”

Q: You are also launching “My So-Called Dress” and your men’s collection “Buster Bruno” this year. What can we expect to see in both of the collections?
“Many of the current wraparounds are inspiring our so-called dress line. Also, you’ll see a lot of very décolleté necklines inspired by some feminine Muslim West African styles. We like to make our designs extremely wearable and low maintenance although you can expect lots of busy, geometric patterns and details like smocked linen, lace appliqué but in classic, very women-centered silhouettes. The Buster Bruno line is still in its infancy however, we are debuting some unisex tops and tunics along with more of our so-called scarves for both men and women.”
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Q: As up and coming designers, who are some of the designers you respect and love?
“We have quite of few obsessions with some of our peers right now. There are so many of them doing innovative things! We love Joelle Jean Fontaine’s both antebellum and futuristic inspired designs. 21MCs tees are channeling Creole symbology in the freshest ways. Alicia P’s architectural suede jewelry are really like otherworldly sculptures. Nana Boetang pieces are killing it for menswear! Bongiwe Walaza dresses make us want to jump on the next plane to Jo’burg!”

Q: We have to say the scarves are dope, creative and innovative! What type of cultural influences and trends came into play when planning the collection?
“As far as trends go, men’s jeans are finally getting a little tighter and that’s a good thing! Plus guys are starting to wear more kinetic colors too, and that’s an even better thing! We were probably inspired by that, since color therapy and how color influences your environment is a recurring theme for us.”

Q: What’s in the future for Miss Bruno?
“We’re producing a series of costume dramas, we’ll be lending a hand in a children’s fashion/sustainable art program this summer with the Rural Haiti Project in Sibert, Ayiti and we’ll be developing the piecework element to our line while we’re there. Also we’ll be in New York boutiques soon and planning to be in Boston and Paris boutiques in the spring.”

Q: Where can readers purchase missbruno? “On our site, www.missbruno.com. The site is a different way of experiencing a collection online. Actually, it looks just like our home. In fact, you could say that the actual site is really our own world incarnate, which is another motif of ours, the part resembles the whole!”
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