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Life & Work with Britta Henson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Britta Henson.

Hi Britta, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am a born and raised Los Angeles native. I bartended and waited tables for the last six years while also selling vintage clothing, mainly on depop to make extra money. When the pandemic hit, I found myself unemployed and unable to source vintage inventory. I started making masks and selling them and began to realize how much I love sewing, designing and creating so I put all my energy towards that. I’ve now built a small brand called BY B., where I hand make and sell my original designs using sustainable materials. I make and sell bikinis, lingerie, opera style gloves, and clothing as well as unique custom pieces.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The pandemic has definitely not made it easy. Starting a business is not cheap, and finding the funds to create while being unemployed has been challenging. My father passed when I was young (my brand name being a small nod to him as we shared the first initial B) and I was raised by a single mother, we grew up financially unstable. I am entirely self-funded and plan to keep it that way. It’s been tough, but wouldn’t trade it for anything. It keeps me motivated and driven. The real challenge now is just gaining exposure so I can share my designs with the world.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a designer, seamstress and sole operator of my clothing brand BY B. I make and sell all types of clothing but I think my specialty and what I’m known for best is where it really started, bikinis. I aim to make comfortable bikinis with sustainable fabrics that make you feel great. I always want to be as inclusive as possible so any size not offered on my website can be easily made with a customer’s personal measurements at no extra cost. I source all my fabrics locally in downtown Los Angeles and recycle any fabric scraps, whether it be making them into masks or using them to stuff throw pillows. Being an ethical and sustainable company that is inclusive while still being affordable is something I’m extremely proud of. Each and every piece is made by myself with so much love in hopes of one day creating a more inclusive and responsible fashion industry.

What matters most to you? Why?
Sustainability and inclusivity. I started making my own bikinis because I wanted a cute, classic string bikini in a fun color without it costing $100+ or on the flip side costing $12.99 for something made in a fast fashion factory by a women overseas who’s severely underpaid and mistreated. This quarantine, while extremely challenging, has forced me to not only tap into my creativity but to really reflect on how I can be and do better in every way. I want to create a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry that’s actually affordable and inclusive.

Pricing:

  • Full bikinis start at just $60

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Image Credits:

Logan Delaney

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