Trendsetters all over the globe got their fashion fix during September’s edition of New York Fashion Week. Las Vegas transplant Bronson Johnson, 30, recalls his most accomplished moment involving the hot ticket showcase four years after a daring move to Manhattan catapulted the debut of Bronson J Designs, a collection of men’s tank tops, formally introducing him to the fashion industry.
“I was able to put that together in about three months,” he said of the creative process, a whirlwind of praying and planning every step of the way.
“All the hard work and seeing that come to fruition was just like my most happiest moment.” Johnson said his original plans were challenging beginning with a concept for a futuristic line, which morphed into more urban ideas before settling on an Egyptian theme.
Johnson’s sketches came to life and the journey to the runway originated after conversations with other artistic classmates, his College of Southern Nevada advisor and an art instructor who persuaded him to apply for design scholarships.
“The fabrics, the way they draped and the models and all that, like I got really into it,” he said of the design program, which quickly fulfilled his passion and purpose. “That’s how I knew that this was for me.
Johnson hopes to officially launch and build his brand by networking with investors. He’s also set on becoming a self-made menswear mogul like one of his inspirations, contemporary designer Tom Ford.
“I’ve always been inspired by and followed him,” Johnson said. He knows the body of a man. He’s a good-looking man and he knows how men should dress.”
For Johnson, who is currently moonlighting as a manager of the downtown Manhattan 80s-inspired Riff Chelsea Hotel to fund his dream, finding success in the next five years will be easy with the support of his family including his two younger siblings.
“They all want me to win. They want me to be the one. I will be the one, the one that makes it.”