PopImpressKA Journal for Joshua Brito / Fashion Designer / Exclusive Interview
Joshua Brito was born in the Bronx, NY, to Dominican Immigrants Clara and Jose. At an early age he grew up with his mother and her inseparable family. At a young age Joshua was introduced to art at the hands of his grandmother who as a hobby created small woven knit dresses for dolls. This led Joshua to begin drawing all his favorite cartoons. As a teenager Joshua acquired a love for sneakers and a desire to own a sneaker store. It was after the rise of Hip Hop Mogul 50 Cent that his life changed; the fact that 50 Cent created his custom line of apparel and footwear he knew he could also do it since other musician moguls had already done the same. After working many retail jobs, starting from Footlocker, Modell’s, and a few others, he knew it was what he needed to do even after all the negative warnings of the difficulties that lay ahead. During his second semester in the College of Weschester he began designing the logo based on the Ace of Spade from his favorite card in a deck of cards. Thus his love for high quality luxurious leather products began. The biggest push was his creation of the studded pattern on Modern Vice’s very popular Studded Jett Boots. Fast forward after becoming the apprentice to a master handbag and leather accessories manufacturer it was clear what destiny had in store.
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PJ: Joshua what projects are you working on right now?
JB: I’m currently expanding Solo Ace for men and women starting with accessories and apparel all thru 2015-2016 Collections. A possible second line may be in the works so keep your eyes open for what may come.
PJ: What inspires you?
JB: I’ve always been inspired to own unique custom pieces noone has ever made. Having the ability to create unique pieces and give them to the world is a blessing. Even more seeing my customers wearing or using what I create and tell me how much they love them. I get a sense of accomplishment and I can’t stop creating timeless high quality pieces which are hand made.
PJ: What Designers inspire you?
JB: I gain inspiration from many places especially leather-based goods. I love reading GQ, some of the big brands in stores like Saks Fifth Ave, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales. I also check out some of the smaller designers I notice on Instagram which have many great designs and of course can’t forget that Nike has been a big influence in my life.
PJ: What does fashion mean to you?
JB: Fashion to me is art, a lifestyle from the way you dress to what you wear. Art is the ultimate way to express yourself from mood or your personality. Also quality is a huge factor for me. I must say it’s a huge impact on what I make and what I buy.