Hey, Style Mavens! Whether you’re here for the first time or thousandth time, welcome to Row A Seat 1. You know how people always tell you how hard it is to make it in New York? Or how times are different and the chances of being discovered in the Big Apple are slim? Well, Briana Wilson has a very different narrative. This week’s Top Five Friday’s goes to Briana Wilson, creator of one of Instagram’s favorite online boutique’s Matte Brand.

Briana Wilson, owner of Matte Brand

She began chasing her dreams at the age of 21. I remember when I first saw her work on twitter back in 2016 because she posted this beautiful photoshoot introducing her swimwear collection. I admired how minimalistic and sexy her approach to clothing was then, and still is! What I also loved is how personal it was for her. Anything she dropped, she wore. That is so important because how many brands do you see targeting an audience that’s nothing like them? Her models came in various body types and skin tones which is a great way to showcase inclusivity to your consumer. So, six years later, Matte Brand has taken off and has moved to LA! Celebrities like Teyana Taylor, Rico Nasty, and Draya have been spotted rocking her work. I am so excited to show you all my top five favorite pieces from her newest collection!

Let’s travel back in time for a minute, the year is 1992 and you’re looking for a fire outfit to stunt at Freaknik…

En Vogue Bustier and Skirt

Nyce Small Ass Tank and Leg

Xscape Leather Mini Dress

En Vogue One Sleeve Cover Up

Xscape Leather Corset and Skirt

Don’t ever think you have to start in your hometown in order to have a successful business. This young woman went all the way to New York from Texas to follow her dreams, and they came true! She saw a lane and took off in it. I personally think the popularity of full bodysuits started with her and other brands who were birthed from 2013 to the present day. Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram at @eenahsanairb for the most aesthetically pleasing layout EVER and definitely don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @rowaseat1. Ciao, Bellas!