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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Not Yet.

Birthplace

Born:
6/4/1954
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Not Yet.

Birthplace

Born:
6/4/1954
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Fashion designer Brian Vincent Lane was born on June 4, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. At nine years of age, Lane won an art contest, and his drawing was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. At age seventeen, Lane sold hand drawn t-shirts to Bloomingdale’s in New York City. Lane continued to study art and received his diploma in 1972 from New York’s High School of Art and Design. Continuing his studies, Lane graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1977, and began a career in fashion illustration and advertising before becoming a fashion designer.

In 1983, Lane joined M. Rubin and Sons where he worked on the creative design team and helped to develop Sergio Valente’s Sportswear and Outerwear; in 1985 he left to join Europe Craft Imports. Lane became the first African American designer to work as the design director of outerwear for Members Only and Perry Ellis Outerwear. For eleven years, Lane worked to increase sales and brand identity; eventually Members Only jackets became a fashion icon of the 1980s. In 1996, Lane was hired as the men’s design director for London Fog Industries, developing trend, color, fabric and working with marketing and packaging until 1999.

Consulting with Phat Farm in 1999, and again in 2006, Lane worked with Russell Simmons’s team to create new trends in urban wear. As consultant, Lane worked for several of the fashion industry’s luminaries, including Brooks Brothers where he designed and developed their men’s outerwear line for Fall 2007. Within the fashion industry, Lane was known for his ability take the development of product lines from start-up to profitable status.

In 2006, Lane began designing his first men’s clothing line, which would carry his name. Featuring men’s outerwear and sportswear, Lane developed a line that would be sold in stories nationwide. Lane went on to design the Fall 2008 Brooks Brothers Men’s Outerwear Line as their in-house designer; this position was created especially for Lane.


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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Brian Lane's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Brian Lane lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Brian Lane describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Brian Lane describes his father and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Brian Lane describes his neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Brian Lane describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Brian Lane describes his childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Brian Lane remembers gang activity in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Brian Lane describes his family members
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Brian Lane talks about the role of religion in his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Brian Lane remembers his talent for drawing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Brian Lane recalls having a drawing displayed in the Brooklyn Museum as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Brian Lane remembers his favorite teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Brian Lane remembers listening to music during his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Brian Lane describes his interest in fashion as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Brian Lane remembers celebrating the holidays with his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Brian Lane recalls moving frequently during his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Brian Lane describes his experiences in middle school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Brian Lane remembers New York City's High School of Art and Design
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Brian Lane recalls his interest in fashion illustration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Brian Lane describes his family's support of his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Brian Lane remembers a lesson from his first job
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Brian Lane remembers living on his own
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Brian Lane describes his experiences at New York City's Hunter College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Brian Lane remembers New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Brian Lane recalls working for artist Ron Fritts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Brian Lane remembers fashion industry notables of the late 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Brian Lane remembers African American models and designers of the 1970s, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Brian Lane remembers African American models and designers of the 1970s, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Brian Lane describes the work of designer Stephen Burrow
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Brian Lane talks about the African American fashion community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Brian Lane describes his work in advertising
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Brian Lane talks about designer Patrick Kelly
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Brian Lane remembers designer Norma Kamali
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Brian Lane recalls working for Sergio Valente and Members Only
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Brian Lane recalls the designer jeans of the late 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Brian Lane recalls recreating Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' jacket
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Brian Lane recalls his success at the Perry Ellis label
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Brian Lane recalls how he became involved in sales at Members Only
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Brian Lane talks about designing for a white clothing label
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Brian Lane recalls the transition of majority labels to the urban fashion market
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Brian Lane reflects upon his career at Members Only and Sergio Valente
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Brian Lane remembers designing outerwear for London Fog
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Brian Lane talks about the African American fashion industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Brian Lane explains the difference between the urban and designer markets, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Brian Lane explains the difference between the urban and designer markets, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Brian Lane describes his clothing line
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Brian Lane recalls the difficulty of selling his clothing line
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Brian Lane remembers being hired to design for Brooks Brothers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Brian Lane describes his design inspiration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Brian Lane remembers working with Russell Simmons at Phat Farm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Brian Lane talks about upcoming fashion trends
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Brian Lane talks about fashion preferences in the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Brian Lane describes the shift from professional to casual womenswear
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Brian Lane describes his career plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Brian Lane describes his work for Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Brian Lane describes his current fashion design projects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Brian Lane reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Brian Lane describes his career aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Brian Lane describes his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Brian Lane narrates his photographs