We had the good fortune of connecting with Sylvina Bravo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sylvina, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Shop The Sylvie started off as a joke with my sister and cousin. We were sitting at a cafe and I jokingly suggested we go into business together. While they weren’t very excited about my idea, they said “well why don’t you just do it?” After all, I inherited a lot of my mother’s clothing from the ’80s and 90s, I was a hand-me-down child, and have always had a love for all things vintage: music, movies, shows, art, fashion, and furniture. So I ran with it. One year later, in Sept 2021, Shop The Sylvie came into fruition. I sell vintage closet essentials from the 80s and 90s. Clothing varies from designer to trendy pieces of the decade.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
While I just launched Shop The Sylvie less than 2 months ago, I began my career in fashion as a stylist. I started off interning with Ashley Dunn who is now a talent producer for The Real Talk Show. She taught me so much about the industry. Because of that connection, I was able to meet and [still] work with Erica Mollet, CEO, and founder of Conscious Couture, a pop-up shop dedicated to fighting human trafficking through fashion. Over the years, I’ve worked on many fashion shows and editorials. Aside from that, I’m also a writer. I was the fashion editor for SHE Magazine USA for 2 years and was able to put my skills and creativity to use with my written fashion editorials.
I think that my work stands out because I’m both creative and analytical. I can and will observe the smallest pucker in a piece of fabric before anyone else. I can grasp a reader’s attention and create imagery for a news article. Writing and styling are just two forms of art and I’ve mastered both.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister and best friend, Melissa Bravo, has been my biggest support. She is my muse, copywriter, and personal cheerleader. I don’t think I would have been able to launch Shop The Sylvie without her and her savvy critiques.
Instagram: @thesylvie_ , @shopthesylvie
Photographs were taken by Julien Clifford