Edgy elegance is what came to mind when I had the opportunity to see BJ Johnson Fashion group featured during a show last fall. I was excited to know that the designer was located in the same city as me, so I jumped at the opportunity to invite him to showcase his designs at last month’s show, Rip the Runway MOCOStyle. If you ever have the chance to watch Bryan Johnson in action it will become immediately evident that he is dedicated to his art, a passionate and cerebral creative. I had to introduce him to my favorite fashionistas who read Truly Charmed. Read on to get to know fashion designer Bryan Johnson, creator of BJ Johnson Fashion Group.
Tidbits On Bryan Johnson, Fashion Designer
I am Bryan, owner of BJ Johnson Fashion Group. I was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. I spent 10 years of my life in Atlanta, Georgia starting my business from the ground up. I became a designer because I have always loved the creative aspect of personal style and I wanted to give people more options.
The Launch of BJ Johnson Fashion Group
I studied at American International University of Atlanta concentrating in fashion design and marketing. During my senior year, I decided to break out and start the beginning processes of my business. BJ Johnson Fashion Group was launched during the summer of 2014. After spending time in the big city, I moved back to South Carolina to establish a home base for the fashion group and in hopes of expanding sales and networking with more up and coming artists like myself.
The Designer’s Inspiration
BJ Johnson Fashion group aspires to change the way of fashion, establishing no rules, only guidelines.
We love to keep it simple, sexy and classic. We look to push the envelope, create, and have fun with clothing. We provide custom clothing for men and women, consulting for shoots, art direction, make-up, styling and hair services. To be a working artist-placing orders and the joy of fulfilling them- is my greatest accomplishment. It is a gift that not many get to experience.
What’s Up Next!
We are headlining our second show, entitled “Jump”, on Saturday March 31, 2018 in Sumter, SC. This is our first show in Sumter. This showcase will be a celebration of Jumpers and everyday risk-takers, whether it be risks that you take in your careers, relationships, or your personal style. In addition to fashions by BJ Johnson Fashion Group, “Jump” will feature two other designers based in South Carolina, Dpresident Attire and Anton & Maxine Clothing. Go HERE for all updates and announcements about the show!
Advice to Aspiring Fashion Designers
To someone striving to start a career in fashion, I would say PUSH THROUGH!!! It's super hard out here especially when you’re starting out alone. Jump!
Connect With BJ Johnson Fashion Group
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I recently watched the Ralph Lauren episode of the series Bloomberg Game Changers and it is amazing to see how one’s fantasy can evolve into a fashion force to be reckoned with. I have no doubt that BJ Johnson Fashion Group will leave an amazing legacy, and I am looking forward to all that is to come for this talented designer.
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Style Post: Charmed Life Sunnies
Charmed Life Fashion Feature: Fashionably Correct
When I started my online boutique last year (2017), I was pleasantly surprised at how much people love sunglasses. I began offering them because I feel that they are the perfect accessory. I have learned that I am not alone in my affinity for fashionable eyewear. When the summer passed, I expected sales to decline but people clearly want to have their trendy frames on hand year-round. Charmed Life Sunnies have become Charmed Life Apparel’s signature product. I enjoy offering my customers the latest in stylish and unique sunglasses. Customer favorites change from one season to the next and I look forward to watching the trends. Read on to find out which frames have been popular so far this winter.
Stellar Clear Sunnies
Clear lenses can carry you from one season to the next. Yes, I still call glasses with clear lenses “sunnies” as those offered by Charmed Life Apparel have UVA/UVB protection. Customers of Charmed Life Apparel can’t get enough of the Stellar Clear Sunnies. These classic frames are simple yet attention-grabbing. I find these sunnies to be sort of preppy in appearance. The Stellar Clear Sunnies are plastic frames with gold tone stems and shatter resistant lenses. These frames fit a range of face shapes. They’re currently available in black and tortoise shell. Cost: $10.
What do you think of the Stellar Clear Sunnies?
The Phoebe Sunnies, also with clear lenses, are stunning oversized frames. Oversized frames (and cateye) are always my favorite. They can instantly add flavor to a simple look. The Phoebe Sunnies are unique in that they offer a retro vibe. These sunnies are definitely a throwback to the 80’s. The Phoebe Sunnies have gradient lenses and are available in black and tortoise shell frames. These glasses are best for round faces. Cost $11. Are the Phoebe Sunnies your style?
The sun still shines in the winter, so darker lenses will always be in style and of great use. The Foxi Sunnies offer darker lenses and are available in gold, black, and silver frames. These cat-eye frames are for those who aren’t afraid to make a fashion statement. You won’t go unnoticed while wearing these. The Foxi Sunnies have a smaller frame, so they are best suited for narrow to medium faces. Cost $10.
Vega Metallic Sunnies
Vega Metallic Sunnies made waves after being featured in a runway show last fall. These are stunners! These unisex sunglasses have been a favorite for women and men. The Vega offers a heavy-duty frame with mirrored lenses in a variety of colors. The lenses are impact resistant. I will be sure to keep these in stock. They’re hot. These frames fit a range of face sizes. Cost: $14.
Stellar Metal Sunnies
Stellar Metal Sunnies were among the first line of frames that I offered, and they are popular among those who like a simple but stylish frame. The Stellar Metal Sunnies, with dark lenses, are versatile. They fit a wide range of face sizes. Available frame colors: gold, silver, and black. Cost: $10.
I have so much fun assisting my customers with choosing the frames that fit them best and I look forward to expanding the collection very soon. Be sure to visit Charmed Life Apparel to browse the current selection of fashion eyewear. Check back often as new items are posted weekly. Drop a comment to let me know which pair of Charmed Life Sunnies fits your style. Do you feel that sunnies are wearable throughout the year?
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Charmed Life Fashion Feature: Fashionably Correct
In the words of Bill Blass, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct”. Fashion stylist, Randy L. McKnight, certainly has an amazing fashion instinct. Through his work with his wardrobe styling and consulting firm, Fashionably Correct, Randy makes attaining a trendy, fashion-forward look seem effortless. Randy launched Fashionably Correct in March of 2017 and is making great moves on the fashion scene in South Carolina. Read on to learn more about Randy L. McKnight and Fashionably Correct.
Tidbits About Randy L. McKnight, Fashion Stylist
I am 23 years old and a native of Marion, SC. I have lived in South Carolina all of my life. I am a very outgoing person who loves to travel and explore. One thing that people should know about me is that music is one of my first loves—I enjoy singing.
The Launch of Fashionably Correct
I have a heart for people and I use my love of fashion to make others feel beautiful. I have always had a passion for fashion. My love for it has grown more over the years, and the deeper I get into it the more I love it. I have always wanted to become a stylist and making others’ dream looks come to life gives me so much joy. Services that I offer through Fashionably Correct include wardrobe styling and consultations. Clients can also purchase or rent apparel from my Fashionably Correct Shopping Rack.
Celebrity Style Inspiration
I aspire to become a celebrity stylist, so I am in tune with the fashion of certain celebrities. I admire Pharrell Williams’ style. He steps outside of the box. Pharrell is not afraid to express himself through fashion. Much like myself, he is unique and he stands by what he wears. He creates his own lane with his style.
Randy’s Favorite Spring Fashion Trends
My favorite fashion trends for spring are bright, soft colors. I love the preppy loafers without socks and nice button-downed shirts with the first three buttons open. I also love floral prints and patterns of all kinds for spring.
What’s Next for Fashionably Correct?
My greatest accomplishment so far was being the creative director for my very own promotional photo shoot for my fashion show that’s coming up this April. Stay tuned for the official announcement. As for the future of my business, I plan to branch out and offer my very own fashion pieces.
Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs
My advice: consistency is key and investing in yourself is a must. Future business owners should focus on working hard and putting their work out there non-stop. Things may seem hard, but you can’t give up or take the easy way out. Continue to work hard and always keep your head up. Networking is a major part of a successful business. Connecting yourself with key people in your industry can help to get your foot in the door. You can’t be afraid to talk to people.
Connect With Fashionably Correct
If you are looking for the best fashion looks on any budget, Fashionably Correct is available to service your fashion needs! Future clients can email me at email@example.com. I invite readers to connect with me on all of my social media pages.
I can't wait to see all that is in store for Randy L. McKnight and Fashionably Correct. Be sure to visit Facebook.com/TheeFashionExpert and Instagram.com/fashionably_correct to keep up with the day-to-day fashion grind of Fashionably Correct.
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Don't leave just yet! The cold temps have us looking forward to spring fashion. Comment and tell us your favorite spring style staples.