If you've been watching the new season of VH1's 'Basketball Wives LA' then you've been introduced to Brittish Williams. She's the newest and youngest cast member of season 3. I had the chance to chat with this ambitious and driven business woman. In this interview Brittish talks about her clothing boutique, dealing with negativity, fashion, and if everything we're seeing this season is real.
Styling On A Budget: For everyone that doesn't know you, can you tell us who you are? Who is Brittish Williams?
Brittish Williams: Brittish Williams is a 24 year old very ambitious young woman. I'm engaged. I have stepchildren. I have a sister. My friends are like my family to me. I own LoveOfLabels.com. I'm also a shoe designer, Privet Couture, those shoes come out in the fall. I'm also doing a jewelry line with one of the jewelers in Los Angeles. I'm also doing a hair line called B. Savvy that's supposed to release in May.
SOAB: So you are a busy person. A clothing boutique, jewelry line, shoes, and hair...that's everything!
BW: I'm always trying to think of something else to do. I'm also starting my foundation right now. I'm doing prom giveaways. I'm taking a couple different boys to prom. I'm sponsoring two girls for prom. I'm doing a lot of stuff that gives back also.
SOAB: Have you always been into fashion?
BW: My whole life I have been into fashion no matter what it was. My fiancee says I can shop anywhere. Like literally anywhere I can find something. I've always been into fashion since I was a kid. I was obsessed with Blossom, the girl who used to wear the polka dots with the little hats. I thought her style was so cute when I was younger, so I used to try to dress like her. I would try to walk in heels. I've always been into fashion.
SOAB: Tell us about Love Of Labels.
BW: Love Of Labels, it will be a year that it's been open. I actually started the company Love Of Labels LLC about two years ago. I wanted to create a company that was kind of like an umbrella company for all my other companies. I just thought the name together was so cool. It's just like Love Of Labels. I've always said that no matter what happens in relationships, no matter what a guy does to you, your logo will never break your heart. So that was always my thing. We started a year ago. We've grown so fast. I've had to go through so many changes and I've learned so much. It was my first business that I ever started. It's really a big learning process. I was talking to my business manager about how much I've learned, and how much we've grown, and how many mistakes I've made, and how many mistakes I'm still making and trying to evaluate and make them better. You know I'm 24. I started when I was 23. I'm learning it's a lot for me. We have complaints. We have people that don't like their stuff or they do like their stuff. It's just crazy stuff that happens, but I wouldn't trade it in for the world. By the beginning of June the company will be in a totally different place. We'll be totally organized and everyone will be able to pull their own weight. At first it was just me and my best friend doing it and it's very overwhelming. Since we've been open we've had $570,000 in sales, it's pretty awesome.
SOAB: Tell us more about your shoe line.
BW: It will be out for the fall. It will release probably like August. It's called Privet Couture. Privet means hello in Russian. So it's like the shoe that speaks to you first. They're really just like go-crazy designs. What's so crazy is most of our shoes come in these glass boxes. It's like a hatbox for shoes, but you can get them customized. They're like plexiglass you can open them up, it's a really creative way. Women are always complaining about you can't see your shoes. If your shoes are in the box, they're in the box. I partnered up with another lady in St. Louis and she is the creator of the box. It's called the Diva Box, a custom box for it. I'm really building the line and trying to get inspiration from other things. I'm always looking at buildings and paintings to try to inspire me to think outside of the box when it comes to a shoe. We're really working on doing an interchangeable heel, but it's a little more complicated than we assumed it to be, so we're just working on it. But it's going to be really cool.
SOAB: So now let's talk about your hair company.
BW: I'm partnering up with a hairstylist that lives in Philadelphia and owns a hair salon there. The hair line is going to be called B. Savvy. I thought it would be a really good idea to do something like that because hair makes a lot of money and women love hair. Of course I had a little scandal, I think my track was showing in one of my confessionals, so I have to redeem myself of course. Just to do something fun, just to make people aware that hair is important and buying good hair is a good investment.
SOAB: Hair is important I will definitely agree with you on that. What is your favorite kind of hair?
BW: Honestly I love Malaysian hair. I do like Brazilian sometimes. I really like Malaysian because it has a loose wave to it and also it can be dyed and do the regular stuff that virgin hair does. I like it because it kind of blends better with my hair.
SOAB: How do you deal with negative comments from the media in regards to your behavior on the show?
BW: I really ignore it. Sometimes it gets to a point where you want to scream. But I am who I am. The more you guys watch the show you see another side of me. You get to see my business side of me, you'll get to see me go in and do shoes and manufacturing, you get to see me go to the office for Love of Labels, you get to see me interact with my fiancee, you get to see a softer side of me. I am a bitch and I can be a bitch any day every day. But that's what it takes for me to be able to build this empire. I can't be the sweet nice one, because no one respects the sweet nice one. You get to see another side of me too. I'm a smiley face and a sad face all in one. By the end of this season everyone will understand who I am. Either you'll love me or hate me. You really don't know just yet you know.
SOAB: Is everything that we're seeing on the show real, or is that producers telling you what to do?
BW: Everything that you're going to see on Basketball Wives LA Season 3 is real. Everything is real. Arguing, to fights, to infidelities, everything is real. Nothing is fake. The producers haven't come in and said hey put this together for higher ratings. It's just what happens this season.
SOAB: Ok so now talking more about fashion, who are your favorite trendsetters?
BW: I absolutely love Kim Kardashian. She dresses very sleek, it's not slutty. She's just right. She gives you the right amount of sex appeal, but she's still fashionable. I love Kelis. I think people forget about Kelis. Her fashion is so outlandish and something that you don't think of or see. Ive always liked her fashion, I think she dresses really good. And I'm obsessed with Victoria Beckham. Her fashion is ridiculous.
SOAB: Where do you like to shop?
BW: I love Elie Tahari. I love BCBG. I really really really love Topshop. I can find anything in Topshop. I have like 15 pieces downstairs that I never wore because I have to buy something from Topshop. When it comes to high end I love Yves Saint Laurent. I think his shoe collection for the season is amazing. It's really sleek, it's very simple, but it still speaks to you. My favorite shoe designer is Giuseppe Zanotti of course. I like Christian Louboutin. I like how he puts so much effort and detail into his shoes. I think Louboutin's are more about the height and the bottom being red. I don't think that the detail that Zanotti puts into stuff is the same. I love Givenchy when it comes to their bags.
SOAB: What's a fashion trend that you love and can't stand?
BW: I've been wearing jogging suits with heels for the past 4 years. That's something that I love. Something I really don't like is floral print. I'm just like oh my god I hate floral print just kill it.
SOAB: How would you describe your personal style.
BW: My personal style is pretty unique. I hate to match. If I have on all black I'm going to have on blue shoes. I like to color block a lot. I'm not a very seductive dresser. You might seem me with a mesh top, but I'm gonna wear a long skirt with it. I really understand the concept of it's one or the other. You're either gonna have your chest out or your butt out. I've always learned that even when I was a kid. I'm really classic but also a little bohemian. I love wide leg pants with the prints, I wear turbans a lot. I like that look too.
SOAB: Describe yourself in three words.
BW: Ambitious, feisty, and loyal.
I think those words sum up Brittish very well. We wish her nothing but the best! Shop her boutique and be on the lookout for more from this feisty entrepreneur.