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Meet Kai Brown of All My Relations in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kai Brown.

All My Relations was founded by artist and designer Kai Brown in 2015. In part amR was born from a customized jacket that Kai’s grandmother ‘Da’ made for him. Da was a master seamstress and huge influence on his life. Through her passion and art, Kai experienced what it is to own clothing that showcased his own personality and self. Knowing that these custom pieces created connection, he recognized an opportunity, and All My Relations was born.

The All My Relations journey solidified with a motorcycle trip to Utah. During a Native American smudge down ceremony by Kai’s friend Alex a young Navajo leader spoke the words Mitakuye Oyasin which translates “we are related” which reflects the world view of interconnectedness.

Kai’s been fortunate enough over the last four years to design and stitch pieces for some of todays top artists and influencers including Jay Z, London On Da Track, Better Than Erza, Butch Walker, Jessica and Ashley Hart, Poppy Delevingne, Giovanna Engelbert as well as designing and collaborating with international brands such as Art Basel, BMW Motor Group, Levis USA and Australia, Wrangler Australia, Shopbop, Outerknown, Ron Herman, Fred Segal, Nordstrom and Safari Magazine Japan.

Kai’s love of vintage denim, Surfing, the Australian beach lifestyle and motorcycle culture has lead him to find his own style and inspiration with his creations. Every piece that’s sold has been hand stitched and signed by Kai using his “amR” signature.

When you purchase a design from All My Relations you’re buying a piece of handcrafted highly personalized embroidery. Every piece is designed and stitched to the highest of standards. In a world of mass production and “Fast Fashion”, All My Relations is a brand and lifestyle for the person who’s looking for a one off, custom, handmade and totally unique piece of wearable art.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think anyone who starts a business would say it’s a smooth road but for me it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Everyday there are problems to solve and challenges to meet. For me, most of the struggles have been in my own mind. Showing up, making your best work and believing there are people out there who really want it and appreciate it. I feel very fortunate to have started to see the top of that mountain and I try to wake up everyday and trust.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with All My Relations – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
All My Relations is a custom shop for embroidery design across many mediums. We specialize in the art form of Chainstitch Embroidery using only vintage machines. amR is mostly known for custom denim jackets but we are also working on shoes and hats in 2020.

I think what sets us apart is the attention to detail. In a world total automation it’s hard to find anyone willing to design and make things by hand.

We offer one on one customer experience and we really try to deliver on that in every way.

I’ve had a lot of proud moments but seeing the work at Ron Herman in Japan for the first time was an incredible moment. Getting to share that moment with one of my design mentors and friends John Moore made it even more special. Last year I showcased at Art Basel as part of a project with BMW Culture Group and I got to work with an amazing local brand Birdwell and their head of design Natas Kaupas which was also a 2019 highlight for sure.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We have lots of plans for amR in 2020 and beyond but most importantly, I want to focus on our customers and making sure we continue to deliver a truly world class experience.

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