The quick pace fashion industry has picked up speed, recently, thanks to social media and publications going digital.  Due to this, it is not enough for designers to get their design degree at a prestigious school or apprentice at a big name house. One has to have expanded skills and learn to become experts in a diverse range of topics.

Designer Briana Marie, is one of these multi-faceted individuals, with skills ranging from graphics to productions to design. Like many of the best in the industry, Briana began her design career at a young age, creating custom clothing and prom dresses while still in high school and college. Upon finding success in design she moved from Atlanta to New York to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and earn her fashion design degree. Her first stop on the road to success was working for Gloria Vanderbilt as an intern, quickly followed by jobs at ESPRIT and Laundry, once she graduated. While working at Laundry, an outerwear designer, she got a taste for production by spearheading their outerwear division. After that success Briana spent the next ten years working in design for Fashion 500 companies such as Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret and PINK, and Yummie Tummie.

Of course, talent like Briana’s soon need to find their own niche, and when ideas for her own line kept coming to her and her connections continued to grow, Briana soon found it necessary to branch out on her own. Thus, her eponymous line, B. Marie was created. 

The line started as mainly accessories, a new area for Briana who has mainly worked on clothing production. However she recently admitted that, for her, it’s the accessories that make the outfit. When you view her products in stores or through her online boutique,, you can see that she doesn’t skimp on the details. Many of her bags use luxury materials such as genuine alligator or snake skin. Colorful tassels pop against the black and grey of the skins, and silver hardware gleams elegantly on the enclosures. One fun fringe bag is actually made to be worn on the thigh in burlesque fashion. Other accessories from her boutique include her line of “Silk Graffiti” scarves, where we see her graphic design skills at play with fun and imaginative patterns. 

Branching out with one’s own line is no easy feat these days, and Briana certainly didn’t just design a collection, set up an online boutique and then sat back to wait on orders to flood in. She actively worked to get her designs out in the public eye and is quickly gaining a following. So far her recently launched gloved line was featured on Behind the Music with Brandy. The glove line has also been featured in several magazines and on a few media personalities as well.

In a quickly changing industry, B. Marie has timelessness on her side, with products that can be worn by any age group looking for “uncompromised style.”