Samantha Black is the owner of SammyB - a Brooklyn based women's ready to wear clothing line.
SammyB embodies a unique flare that combines bold prints, patterns and sensual lines that are feminine and effortlessly confident, with a tomboy cool. The SammyB collection speaks to a modern eclectic woman.
How did you determine your passion?
I was put in art lessons around the age of 5 and arts, crafts and creating has been apart of my life since. From there I was in every art club, wood shop, photography and dark room class. Anything involving art and bring creative. Fashion to me was separate to me that was just dressing great my family was big on presentation my whole life and everyone was into dressing fly. It wasn't until highschool I was at my Saturday morning art lesson and Demitri who gave me lessons suggested I looked into fashion design. He thought it would be all the things I was interested in, in one. And he was right. The summer before my senior year in high school. I took a pre college summer course at Pratt in Brooklyn, studying fashion design. I basically have been on the fashion design path since.
What challenges have you had to overcome?
I am challenged everyday to continue with my passion with very little financially. And like Kanye West said, if I had investors with the needed amount of funds and not using my own money I could really, really do great things. So I create within a certain amount of boundaries which is a challenge, sometimes it helps me to create great pieces though.
I worked designing for corporate companies before I started my line. I gave that up to pursue my own line on my own. That in itself is definitely a challenge. To stick to my brand and seeing it grow, or to design for a company, get a salary and be comfortable. Both is great, it's just sticking to what I really want, even though it's the road less traveled.
How do you stay focused?
It's truly apart of me which helps. No matter what, I'll always be a creative. And so I'm always creating, thinking of ideas, my passion keeps me passionate which helps to drive my focus.