Cedric Brown Collections was commissioned by the 16th largest law firm in the world, Eversheds Sutherland (ES) to create pieces for the 2019 International Trademark Association (INTA) conference. CBC created a collection of scarves, neck ties, and socks, with a Boston skyline theme, for the items were given out as gifts in Boston, MS.
Below is a small clip of the Eversheds Sutherland cocktail party. The ceremony was held at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Attendees from all over the world were there (Singapore, Argentina, Japan, Germany, London, Brazil, Kenya, and Etc.)
In the May Issue, Empeccable Magazine features Cedric Brown Collections. On the cover, it is recording artist and Love and Hip Hop star, Spice. She also wears a scarf in the spread.
In Spring 2019, HERS magazine also featured us in an online digital article.
In April 2019, Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine interviewed Cedric Brown in the Atlanta issue. Check out the interview below.
Who are you? Brief Bio
- I'm Cedric Brown, an artist and fashion designer. My line is Cedric Brown Collections (CBC). CBC is a cutting edge apparel business. Sending a message through my colorful, bold prints, I paint abstract art that is made into limited edition prints on accessories: kimonos, scarves, neck ties, handkerchiefs, and socks. My designs have been featured on CNN, Birmingham Times, Jezebel, and Sheen Magazine. Notable celebrities, Actress Vivica A. Fox, Rapper Young Thug, Wale, news anchor Jovita Moore, and Fortune 500 CEOS John Miller, Denny's, Marvin Ellison, Lowe's, Ellen Alemany, CIT Bank, and John Hope Bryant, Operation Hope, are among those who have CBC – top of mind fashion accessory.
What is your industry, and why did this industry appeal to you?
- My industry is Fashion Design. Since 5th grade, I knew i wanted to be a fashion designer. I admired the fashion moguls at the time, Sean John and Ralph Lauren. It is my goal to leave an impact like them. I've always had an eye for color and loved to dress.
How does Atlanta impact your career decisions and development?
- I feel that Atlanta is a rising creative mecca. The cost of living is affordable, and i get so much inspiration from all of the culture. As I travel the world, I see that our music and culture influences everything.
How has your staff grown over time and what systems have you put in place to manage that growth?
- I'm still in the early stages of my career, so my staff hasn't changed much. However, anyone hired to work for me must come with fresh, innovative ideas to grow the brand.
How do you Market your services or products?
- I market my business with social media, news articles, influencers, trunk shows, and good ol' face to face marketing.
What excites you about doing business in Atlanta?
- Atlanta is a new wave. Because it is not a traditional route an artist would take (most move to LA or NYC), Atlanta is all about creating your own lane, In the world of fashion, it's s an open opportunity. Most of all, I love to see the black culture doing so well here. It is definitely not like that everywhere.
What is your biggest challenge?
- My business challenge is asking myself 'what's next?' I'm always thinking how i can keep the buzz going.
Who was your greatest teacher or what has been your greatest learning experience?
- Being in my 20s, life has taught me to never put all of my eggs in one basket and to never be complacent. I never want to put myself in situations , where I give someone control over my success. Rather that be from a professor, an employer, a jurist, a buyer, an organization, or whomever, but I put all of of my trust in God. He always provide. Anything can happen!
In one word of brief phrase telling New Atlanta ybe what to expect?
Recently, Atlanta Personal and Wardrobe Stylist Holly Katz featured CBC in her latest interview. In the studio, we talk about my process, custom projects, and cool ways to wear it. Check it out below. You can view more of her work at https://www.hollykatzstyling.com/
At the opening reception for the Dandy Lion: (RE) Articulating Black Masculine Identity Exhibition, I was invited to be the featured designer at the Hammond House Museum. The exhibition display photographs of fashionable black men (Dandy Lion) in Africa. The opening reception was a packed house, filled with art patrons, intellects, students, and celebrities. Representing fashionable black men, actor, Greenleaf Own's, Lammon Rucker was a special guest and became one of my new clients. Thanks to everyone that came out! Below you can view some of the photos from the event.
Rapper, Songwriter, and Producer, Verse Simmonds wears a CBC scarf in his latest photoshoot.
Styled By Ms. Amy J
Grammy Award Winning + Multi-platinum Music Producer ItzKeyzBaby wears a CBC bandana in his latest photoshoot, styled by Ms. Amy J
In October 2018, I was honored to meet Rev. Jesse Jackson at his annual conference.. It was a celebration of his 77th Birthday. Rev. Jackson now has a CBC necktie. At the conference, I met some great influential people at the conference., such as John C. Miller, Denny’s CEO. Special thanks to the great people, who patronized my business there.
With the CEO of @dennysdiner, thanks for patronizing my business Mr. John C. Miller. P.S excuse the blurry pic
In September 2018, I met former Editor at Large of Vogue, Andre Leon Talley at the SCAD show. He loved my work! Not only did he like my scarf. "Yes, honey, yes," he stated when one of my customers came by with the yellow kimono.
Celebrating 50 years of Fine Art at Georgia State University - Perimeter College. Cedric Brown silk kimono and scarf was on display in the art gallery, JCLRC library on the Clarkston campus
MSNBC Commentator Dr. Jason Johnson wears a CBC pocket square on air. Styled by Evonya Easley
Back in September, Cedric was a featured artist at the AKA’s Midday Rhapsody of Art and Soul Show at the Mason Fine Art Gallery. The event raises funds in support of the scholarship fund and other Cobb County community programs. At the event, one of three only Black CEOs (Lowe's CEO) of a Fortune 500 company, camc by the booth to shop. Mr. And Mrs. Marvin Ellison will now be in CBC style.
THIS IS A CONTRIBUTED ESSAY BY PAULA WALLACE, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (SCAD).
Editor’s note: Fashion is by its very nature exclusive but lately the fashion world is undergoing a shake up. Atlanta has long struggled to find its place in American fashion. Here, Paula Wallace, founder and President of SCAD shares her thoughts on why Atlanta is positioned to become the next great fashion capital.
Atlanta has always been a nurturing city for the fashion-minded. I have the evidence to prove it, at home in my childhood jewelry box: three small identical brass pins, awarded in my youth by the Singer Sewing Center.
This humming store and studio for the fashion-conscious was located on Peachtree in the 1960s, where the faint acrid smell of sewing machine motors admixed with the sweet exertions of other girls like me who took the bus downtown for sewing classes.
One assignment, as I recall, was to create a pencil skirt in wool and a blouse of patterned silk, with a jacket lined in the same silk. We didn't call it fashion, although that's precisely what it was, learning to create sharp, smart clothes we wanted to wear. I received a brass pin for each series of workshops I completed.
In my youth, Peachtree wasn't quite Fifth Avenue or London's Bond Street, but Atlantans have always cared about style and appearance. Nary a weekend passed by, for instance, without my mother attired in her Sunday best of hat, gloves, and pearls. From its very genesis, our "City Too Busy to Hate" has always been about movement and enterprise, where deal makers and churchgoers alike look the part.
An image of a young Paula Wallace from her 2015 memoir, "A Bee and the Acorn." Image courtesy of SCAD.
My Grandmother Rinnie handmade my recital dresses, but we did travel downtown quite often to Rich's, where I was asked, at age eight or nine, to model in a few in-store runway shows. What a thrill! We were paid in clothes and shoes. I recall one such occasion, when my mother suggested I choose the black patent Mary Janes as my modeling compensation. Instead, I selected swoon-worthy red velvet slippers with seed pearls across the vamp.
"Oh, Paula," she said. "So impractical!"
How to explain that those red velvet shoes helped me float two feet above the sidewalk? Even as a girl, I understood the power of fashion to elevate the human spirit.
The city of Atlanta continued to nurture my nascent love of fashion when, later, during college, I worked as a bookkeeper at the Continental Insurance Company. I spent many half-hour lunches (and perhaps too much of my income) speed walking down Peachtree to JP Allen and Regenstein’s, where the miniskirt had landed with the weight of a hundred atom bombs. Chanel No. 5 and Shalimar mixed in the strangely cool air with a menagerie of professionals who knew how to dress.
I wanted to believe the numerous $25 sundresses I bought on these lunch excursions were a worthy investment: As a summer intern in a stylish and upwardly mobile city, I wanted to look the part, somewhere between carefree student (which I was, sort of) and purposeful career woman (which I wanted to be, definitely). Atlanta schooled me in the aspirational customs of fashion. We have always been a city of doers and dreamers. We announce our identities in part through a personal assemblage of functional and decorative garments and accessories.
I carried that lesson with me to Savannah in the 1970s, where I moved to create SCAD in the enchanted but cloistered old coastal city that made Peachtree seem like Paris — until our vibrant SCAD students arrived.
These students, from New York and New Delhi and points between, transformed Savannah almost overnight from sleepy Southern town to sartorial hotspot, every other student seemingly having stepped out of an Esprit or Benetton ad.
By the early 2000s, with Vogue legend André Leon Talley annually presenting his namesake honor to distinguished SCAD guests, including Miuccia Prada and Oscar de la Renta, I found my own style evolving. To honor our guests, I wore their designs. To honor our students, I listened to their desires, and one of those desires was to study in Atlanta. On academic study trips to the city, our students sensed the same aspirational vibrancy and entrepreneurial bravado that I had felt in my hometown as I grew up.
Originally, I hadn't planned on offering fashion at SCAD Atlanta, but a few conversations quickly changed my mind, including a chat with salon legend Carey Carter of Carter Barnes.
"Are you going to offer fashion at the new campus?" Carey asked.
"I don't think so," I said. "Why? Do you think we should?"
"Oh, Paula!" he said. "People in Atlanta are starved for fashion! Do it!"
Atlanta was ready for a preeminent fashion program. The 1996 Summer Olympics, a decade earlier, had announced Atlanta as the world's next great city, and the exploding hip-hop scene, with style-woke artists from André 3000to 2 Chainz, made fertile ground for fashion.
A healthy style ecosystem requires a vibrant cultural milieu, and when SCAD planted its Midtown flag in 2005, Atlanta was unmistakably ready to expand its reputation.
Today, nearly 2,500 students are enrolled at SCAD Atlanta, with 424 studying fashion disciplines. Nearly 6,000 students and alumni have been educated in the SCAD School of Fashion as a whole, including graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Savannah and Hong Kong.
This army of designers, including many from Atlanta, go on to work for Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, and others around the world, while many more choose to live and create in the South, where designers like Heidi Elnora,Billy Reid and Alabama Chanin have helped export a distinctly Southern aesthetic to the world. When I think about these distinctly Southern brands, I think of the personality, detailing, and timeless qualities evident in each collection. These designer's creations have hidden details that only the wearer notices and abundant celebratory spirit — and they use upcycled material.
Atlanta is retail ground-zero for this design ethos, found at haberdashers like Sid Mashburn and the stalwart Guffey's and boutiques such as Abbey Glass, Ann Mashburn, and Reese Witherspoon's Draper James. In Little Five Points, Wish creates an inviting atmosphere with the best selection of athletic shoes and urban wear in a lovingly refurbished industrial space, while Peoples on Roswell Road offers a minimalist experience for maximal style. Westsiders flock to Steven Alan and Lululemon, while The Shops Buckhead Atlanta serves up Tom Ford and Etro for the international cognoscenti.
What Atlanta needs now is more designers, more ateliers. We have homegrown talent in abundance, but powerful and alluring design opportunities beckon young SCAD designers to Los Angeles, Barcelona, Milan, and beyond.
Atlanta is ready and ripe for a Cambrian explosion of fashion. Ours is a city of youth, diversity, and creative entrepreneurship, with a new generation of doers and dreamers and sophisticated dressers who understand fashion as a wearable commodity capable of being elevated to fine art. The time is now.
The legendary success of Jeffrey Atlanta has given confidence to many Atlantans that something new in fashion retail can be born here and go on to conquer the world — or at least New York, which is pretty much the same thing. (Future’s sneaker line with Reebok launched at Jeffrey Atlanta last year.) Stylist Shun Melson outfits the stars in some of Atlanta’s finest wares, and hot new designer Cedric Brown has captured the attention of high-profile customers from actor Joe Torry to Young Thug.
With one of the world's largest and most preeminent schools of fashion located in the heart of Atlanta, more and more young designers like Caroline Mae Heidenreich are eager to open their own studios right here in Georgia.
After studying fashion in Atlanta, multimedia artist Brittany Bosco launched a career as an Atlanta-based recording artist and entrepreneur with her own creative agency, Slug. Tens of thousands of fashion-forward musicians, performers, directors, actors, writers, and artists now call the city home, and now that Georgia is the world's No. 1 region for film and TV production, Atlanta is further poised to shape American style. Count on it: Wherever film is, a tsunami of new fashion is soon to follow.
Atlantans have always looked good, and our record-shattering entertainment industry, contemporary boutiques and ateliers, and fashion-conscious citizenry are a remarkable sign of the city's rising prominence as a fashion capital. Whatever the future of American fashion looks like, you can bet it will look a lot like the city we call home: Sharp. Smart. Together.
I've got the Singer Sewing Center pins to prove it.
In July, I was selected to be a featured artist in the NBAF Gala. The event took place at Flourish in Buckhead. The Yellow Floral Expression kimono and scarf was sold and auctioned off at the gala. Check out some of the pictures below.
It was an incredible evening of elegance, atmosphere, legends of the community, art, dancing, and more. All of the Atlanta socialites was there including Mayor Shirley Franklin, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom, and Artist Radcliffe Bailey
In July, we did a pop up shop at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. The event was held at the Le Meridean hotel and was sponsored by the Love Freedom Movement.
"The Love Freedom Movement is a think tank for creative artist to live out loud in a space that allows those who aspire to learn how the artist started and where they see them selves in the future. This was their first year hosting in New Orleans for Essence Festival 2018 and trust me I am positive that it will not be their last. The NOLA BOLD BEAUTY BOSS EXPERIENCE was held at the prestigious Le Meridien Hotel on Saturday, July 7th from 2p-7p featuring veteran actress Vivica A. Fox, Fashion and Beauty panel discussions, Love and Relationship talk, Comedy Hour, Shopping, Live Music, Wine & Toast and More. This amazing upscale event crafted to elevate and stimulate consciousness for the every dreamer in the room to experience a taste of freedom. Everyone left the event feeling empowered and excited about the possibility of taking a leap and pursuing their soul destiny." read more at http://www.naturalbabydol.com/love-freedom-movement/
Last week, Cedric Brown Collections was a vendor at the I- Elevate Conference in Atlanta, GA. At the event, Vivica A. Fox led a discussion about Beauty and Confidence. Not only that she came by our booth and patronized the business. Getting two of our silk kimonos.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Cedric Brown.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Cedric. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As a toddler, I grew up sketching stylish women on paper. By the 5th grade, I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. In middle school, I cultivated an entrepreneurial mindset by selling candy and mix CDs. By 10th grade, I won my first art competition “What My Future Holds”, sponsored by Vox ATL. Going to high schools across metro Atlanta, my winning entry was featured in their May issue. I used the cubism technique to display a fashionable couple standing in the middle of a park, wearing my personal clothing line. Its caption read: “In my future, I want to be like Sean John and Ralph Lauren and have my own clothing line.”
Throughout grade school and community college, I received multiple art accolades, such as having my artwork displayed in a children’s exhibition in Beijing, China, as well as having my painting about gambling prevention featured on 8 billboards across metro Atlanta. One of these billboards was at the intersection of Whitehall and McDaniel Street, close to my family’s roots in Mechanicsville. The support of my mother and art mentors, as well as the recognition I received, boosted my confidence to pursue my dreams. It was then that I knew the sky was the limit.
Through hard work and dedication, I obtained my degree in Fashion Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, completely debt free. After graduation, I completed design internships in Atlanta, New York City and Hong Kong. I later enrolled in some small business courses, which helped me to give it a leap of faith and launch my accessory line: Cedric Brown Collections.
I initially designed and sold custom-made scarves because it was the best way to showcase my background in both art and fashion. Since then my business continues to grow. I’ve added ties, bow ties, handkerchiefs and capes to the collection. Currently, my designs are sold online and in over six stores, such as Mansion on Forsyth Park Grand Bohemian Gallery, Ebenezer Baptist Church Gift Shop and Square Threads. We also do pop up shops throughout the whole year. Many consumers have been requesting new products from Cedric Brown Collections, making us confident that the business will continue to expand.
Has it been a smooth road?
Entrepreneurship definitely takes a lot of guts. It’s one of the biggest risk-taking adventures you can undergo, but it can be very rewarding. Yes, my beautiful designs have taken me somewhere; however, to be an entrepreneur takes more than that. You must be business savvy, be a good salesman, take some calculated risks, keep an open mind, maintain your persistence and work hard. Oh, and prayer works for me as well.
When I first started out I struggled with finding stores that were a good match for my product. For me, paying taxes was the hardest part of learning how to sell my art on my own. Throughout my career, my mother has been supportive. She once told me “If a person can stand out on the street corner risking their life to sell a rock, I know you can sell a scarf.” It gave me confidence that I can sell my own work, too.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
“It’s luxury streetwear. It’s the new era,” I stated on my CNN special about streetwear and the fall of the sagging pants trend. My business, Cedric Brown Collections, is the new fashion forward-brand out of the South, which boasts street appeal and more. We offer luxury, elegance, quality, and versatility. Our slogan “From evening wear to streetwear, CBC makes a chic statement” rings true. Sending a message through my colorful, bold prints I create abstract art that is made into limited edition prints on silk accessories Each piece of my eponymous collection boasts hand-crafted designs that catch the eye and refuse to let go.
The versatility of my accessories ensures that they can be worn for any occasion. In our trunk shows and video tutorials, we show our customers different ways to wear scarves including, but not limited to crafting a halter top, tying a head wrap, and tailoring your neckerchief. Our accessories come with first-class packaging, personable customer service, and southern charm.
From top celebrities, Young Thug and Wale to news anchor Jovita Moore, Debbie Tuff and CNN Commentator Dr. Jason Johnson our consumers embrace bold colors crave originality and are loving patrons of the arts. Even young, professional men are loving our one-of-a-kind pocket square designs! My work has been displayed on CNN, Jezebel, Sheen, The Birmingham Times and State Farm.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Since online businesses are becoming more and more popular, I don’t think it matters what city you start in. However, I do feel Atlanta a great city for networking and gaining exposure. With so many entertainers living here or coming here to do business, it’s a great way to get into the mix.
Atlanta is definitely the place to be for me. It’s my hometown, and I think it is the perfect place for my business to grow. As of right now, the cost of living isn’t as high as other artist-driven places, which allows me to invest more money into my business. The community supports its local artists, and I consider Atlanta an open market. If you want the best opportunity for yourself, you have to create it and put yourself out there.
- Yes, Atlanta Voyage readers can receive 20% off an item using code ATLVOY. Our retail prices range from $25-$90 and we often run sales on ties and pocket squares. Currently, you can receive two pocket squares for 30 with the code 2@30, and you can get two ties for $50 with the code 2@50.