Hey guys its been awhile since I posted, but I’m back with some fresh content for you to feast your eyes on! One of my favorite things to blog about is new talent on the rise in New York. I was introduce to this dope designer/brand, ‘Friday by Friday a while back and I finally had a chance to catch up with her. Good vibes all around. Check out her season presentation video and interview below. Enjoy!
Tell the world who you are.
My name is Friday Lynton. I am 25 years old and I live in Brooklyn, NYC. I am a LIM Alumni.
How did you get into making jewelry, or “chain objects” as you call them?
FL: My dad was a welder. I grew up watching him in his workshop, admiring from afar of course. He didn’t want me to get involved, being a girl and all (laughs). This is how I got interested in metals. I started doing a lot of research and reading up on medieval times. I watched this documentary on Youtube called “ChainMaille,” which showed how to make simple patterns for metal work. I took what I learned and try to make it fit into today, make it modern and not too costume.
What is your creative process and how long does it usually take to push out one piece?
FL: Uninterrupted, it would take about four days to push out one piece. That’s never usually the case though. I get distracted a lot (laughs). I wouldn’t want to be so focused like that anyway; I wouldn’t enjoy it. As for my creative process, I don’t sketch and I don’t really plan. That’s purposeful, part of my design process. I look for inspiration from actual clothing. This season I did a lot of thick bands. I wanted to go for a bold design aesthetic. Thats pretty much it. I get full inspiration from clothing; everyday I think of a cool, innovative product that people will be wowed by.
Who are some of your influences?
FL: Alexander McQueen is one of my influences. That brand is very avant-garde. Elaborate. There is something in adding an extra bit to a garment. Huge influence on me. Teaches me to think outside of the box. I also love magazines; Harper’s Bazaar [is] my favorite one. W Magazine is another favorite of mine. I pull ideas from them for my photoshoot concepts and not necessarily designing.
What do you like most about designing/being an entrepreneur?
FL: The opportunity to create things. I don’t have a 9-5; it’s this and other side businesses to fuel Friday by Friday. I like having the authority to plan a whole season, that creative freedom to be able to do what I want and no one to tell me “no, I don’t like this.” Also, seeing the product on the customer [is] still so weird to me! I’m making things with my hands that people want to buy! Women can feel more comfortable about their bodies when wearing my product. Teaching them, in a way, how to build themselves up. This is your body, embrace it in every way possible!
What do you dislike most about designing/being an entrepreneur?
FL: Working with unprofessional youth. I’ve been dealing with this for the past several months now. There’s this lack of professionalism amongst us young people today, and I think it has a lot to do with our upbringing. For example, unprofessional DMs on Instagram. We need to learn how to conduct business in a better way, and then the fun can come after.
What has the journey been like so far, and what drives you to continue?
FL: The journey has been long and interesting. There’s been happy times and sad times; its been an emotional rollercoaster. Thinking back to the beginning, I started out doing headpieces and bracelets for men. My brand is a direct reflection of who I am as a woman. If I was feeling tomboyish I would do men’s pieces, and if I was feeling girly I would do cute headpieces. When I finally got to chain clothing, it felt right. Everything before this was pregame, like before the party (laughs).
Then of course there’s been financial challenges as well. I would ask myself, “where would I get the cash to do this?” But then it will happen. So it was meant to be. If I want money I have to create the opportunities. I believe in myself enough to do so.
As far as what drives me, it’s trying to set up a good future for myself and making sure my parents are good. They’ve shown me a lot of support and I want to be able to repay that. And of course for my future kids, I want them to have this. I also want to be able to inspire people.
What are you currently working on now?
FL: I’m currently in Season 5, which isn’t completed yet. I don’t like to press the complete button, until I’m fully into the next season, Season 6. I know it’s weird (laughs). Last Friday, I released my ‘charness’ (chain harness). The harness can go over whatever you’re wearing. Going into the colder season now, layering is very important. Jet Black metal is coming this season. I’ve been searching for that for a while, and finally found a plug! I’m upping the sex appeal this release. Five pieces, all black chains, harnesses and chokers!
Where do you see yourself/brand 5 years from now?
1. A stable team, 5-6 people. Nothing too crazy.
2. A very innovative product. In the last three years that I’ve been doing this [chain clothing] has developed a lot. So I better have some super innovative product like a chain wedding dress!
3. Pop-up stores around the country and being a lot more broad and well-known.
4. Just being happy with brand. Satisfied with what I am creating and never compromising the design for anything or anyone.
Anything you want to tell world, or fellow aspiring creatives/designers/artists?
FL: Have fun with your designs. Whatever you’re doing, or making have fun with it. At the end of the day we put too much pressure on ourselves to be ‘someone’. Stay inspired! Never compare your level 2 to someone’s level 20. You don’t know what they had to do to get there. You don’t know how they’re living behind the scenes. It can just appear that they are on that level. I don’t care if it’s me or another creative. If you believe in something long enough and hard enough, it will happen for you!
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