Everyone’s starving for something, and no one understands that quite like Brody Bramscher. The 19-year old’s brand was founded barely one year ago, but Starving’s recognizable tapestry crewnecks—infused with pop culture themes and hip hop icons—expertly blur the lines between age-old art and modern zeitgeist. Below, the Oregon native talks boarding school, influence, and being (sort of) anti-mainstream.
Where are you from, and where are you now?
I was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Southern Oregon. I am currently going to school and growing my brand in Central Oregon.
What is your first memory of streetwear?
When I attended boarding school In Utah, I was exposed to streetwear and high fashion from around the world by the school’s many international students.
If you had to compress your personal style into one outfit, what would it be?
If I were to attempt to express my style with one outfit, I would be wearing Caterpillar Contractor pants, my black Saint Laurent hoodie, and vintage Marlboro denim jacket. On my feet, North Face Vans and white Nike socks. Finally, my Chrome Hearts bracelet and stainless Cuban chain along with my Louis satchel.
When did you first feel inspired to create your own designs?
I have always been passionate about creating new things—part of why I started my brand was to see my designs come to life.
Describe your design aesthetic in one sentence, if you can.
I would probably describe my aesthetic as Substream. I hate mainstream, and love the idea of being unique, but I am also constantly inspired by the culture and my idols.
Where do you feel the most inspired?
When I feel emotion from an expression of art. It makes me want to create some kind of expression just as powerful, and make that kind of impact.
Which living designer do you most admire?
I admire Brian Donnely for his versatility and apparent independence. He has managed to do so much by just continuing the work he loves, and he’s able to create amazing things.
What’s your biggest creative or career milestone so far?
My biggest career milestone, personally, was wearing an outfit consisting solely of clothes that I designed—from shirt to shoes. That experience was just so empowering and made me feel so inspired.
How do you want people to feel when wearing your designs?
I design my clothes for myself. I know who I am, and I feel like I hold myself right when I'm wearing something I love. I hope other people can feel that from my designs, and connect through them.
What would you most like to change about the current fashion industry?
I wish the media and public expression were less polarized as “hot” or not, so the viewer is able to see fashion through the designers' eyes rather than the lens of influencers.