Interview with Stylist Darryl “Knarly DB” Brown
Humble. Passionate. These are only a few words that describe Darryl “Knarly DB” Brown, Rocksmith NYC stylist to the stars. His story into getting into the industry seems like something most college graduates would dream of happening, but don’t think luck is what got this Toledo native into the position he is. I had the privilege of interviewing him and asking a few questions about his thoughts on fashion and what it actually involves. Peep the interview below:
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Darryl “Knarly DB” Brown. I’m from Toledo, Oh. I’m a stylist and the Visual Marketing Coordinator for Rocksmith. I also have my own brand, “God Bless The Fresh”, which is a consignment sneaker store and merch line.
2. Define what style is to you.
A person’s way of expressing themselves through clothes. Individuality. Authenticity.
3. How did you get involved in being a stylist for RockSmith NYC and styling in general?
I was running a street wear boutique in my hometown of Toledo, OH. We threw an event with Wiz Khalifa, MGK opened the show for him and later approached me to ask about a hoodie I was wearing. From there he asked me if I could do his wardrobe. Not long after a buyer from Rocksmith actually came through my boutique and asked me my story/ what I do. I told him I was a stylist. He gave me an opportunity to do an on the spot photo-shoot using Rocksmith product he had in his trunk for their upcoming look book. We shot it same day and sent it over to the NY headquarters. They loved it and from there we built a relationship. I started styling MGK in Rocksmith pieces and the response was great.
4. What are some misconceptions people have about styling?
Thats it’s all about clothes and trends. A lot of times it’s not about either, it’s about enhancing their sub style. Every time I style a person I give them pieces that enhance the best of their persona style. I also think a lot of people don’t realize how much time goes into styling from conceptualizing to bringing that idea to fruition.
5. Have you noticed a trend in mainstream appeal for street wear?
Absolutely. A lot of people care more about comfort and function with their style now. For me there’s always been a synergy between sports and fashion because I come from an athletic background but always very into fashion.
6. If you could style for any entertainer, past or present, which would it be?
Deon Sanders, he was my favorite growing up. Batman/Bruce Wayne, because I liked all his different suits over the years and would love to design a batman costume.
7. What’s a go to favorite in your closet?
I’m in love with sweatpants, so those are my go-to.
8. What has been your most memorable moment while working in the fashion industry?
I take from every moment. No moment means more to me than another. I’m very humble and grateful for everyone I work with. That’s why I say God Bless The Fresh.