67. Diane Brache

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67. Diane Brache

67. Diane Brache 


Diane Brache

calls herself the "one lady sweatshop" behind

Miss Brache

, an Etsy store selling custom-made rockabilly inspired clothing for all you

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fans. A Miami native, the DIY designer has been making clothes since she could pick up a pin cushion and deck out her cousins with outfits made from Publix paper bags. She credits her artsy and skillful nature to her parents, which keeps her working day and night on her Etsy endeavor. Her store, Miss Brache, was a response to hearing the woes of some plus-sized friends who couldn't find clothes that would appropriately show off their curves.


Inspired by everyday women, Brache comments, "I want women to feel beautiful just the

way they are. A great fitting outfit is a good start." Miss Brache

offers sizes 0 to 24 in everything from high-waisted leopard swimsuits

to sultry polka dot dresses with sweetheart necklines all handmade to

order. Her design talents have led her to work as a freelance stylist

assistant and set seamstress for photo shoots with Arena Magazine,

J. Crew, and Macy's. Even model Miranda Kerr has donned one of her

swimsuits. 


67. Diane Brache

Although

Brache's clothing makes you want to put your hair up in pin curls and

dance to The Cramps, her designs all have a modern, wearable sense to

them. Her reversible bridesmaid dresses with embroidered petticoats were

featured on Martha Stewart's wedding website for Etsy blog

editor-in-chief Vanessa Bertozzi's wedding. She even went DIY crazy and

designed her own wedding dress this past summer. 


Concerning

the style in Miami, Brache also has a thing or two to say about the

city and its constantly evolving fashion. "I love Miami and its style.

People like to get dressed up here and aren't afraid to push the

envelope," states the designer. Brache's custom clothing can be

purchased at her Etsy store. 


1. List five things that inspire you.

-Sunshine
-Strangers
-Fabrics
-The smell of yeast proofing
-My clients

2. What was your last big project?

Last

Summer's wedding season was really crazy. I did seven weddings including my

own. That was about 14 reversible bridesmaid dresses, 26 regular

bridesmaid dresses, and two silk wedding gowns, along with all of my

regular orders. Somehow I managed to pull it all off in my one lady

sweatshop. I didn't do much swimming this past Summer because of it. 


3. What's your next big project? 

I'm

working on growing my business and writing a new business plan. I'm

scouting a location to open a showroom warehouse where I'd have my line

along with custom wedding fashion services. I would also like to feature

other local handmade artisan's work. I want it to be a place where you

can find rock-and-roll formal clothing that won't piss your grandma

off. 


4. Why do you do what you do? 

Because

I was meant to do it. At least I feel I was. Every woman is so unique.

They never really fall into a standard size anything. When I make a

custom-sized dress for a client of any shape and they send me a photo of

themselves along with a note about how happy and pretty they felt, I

know I'm doing what I was meant to do. I'm really blessed that I make a

living, albeit meager for now, doing what I truly love. 


5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

I want to dress you up in something made just for you, then I want to take you out dancing. 

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

This

is interesting and probably gross. When I eat curry, my armpits will

smell like curry the next day. No joke, they will smell like a delicious

bowl of curry fried rice. You have to stick your head in there to

really smell it, but it's so there.

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