Perfect Brown was inspired by a conversation I had with my daughter Malaya (age 7 at the time) concerning the shade of her skin. She had a class assignment where she was to create a self-portrait. While working on the project it was brought to her attention that there were different shades of black people and with her not really understanding the concept of skin shades she was confused and innocently asked me the question “what color brown am I?
I was taken back by the question and a little confused on what she was actually asking me. I had to take pause before I answered to figure out what and how much to say but then the answer came to me so I replied, “you are Perfect Brown, like me, like mommy and granny. Every brown person is perfect brown!
Loving yourself the way you are, the unique shade that is perfectly you! I am Perfect Brown is not just a statement it is a celebration of girls and women and their beautiful brown skin. Our focus is on creating apparel and products that not only look and feel good but also project positive messaging concerning black and brown skin. EVERY shade of Black and Brown skin is the Perfect shade of Brown! Now you have a shirt that says so, love your skin! #iamperfectbrown
What is Perfect Brown?
Perfect Brown is the answer to the question: What shade of brown am I? This is the question asked by my then 7 year old daughter Malaya concerning the shade of her skin. My response to her was "Every shade of melinated skin from the lightest to the darkest is uniquely beautiful and the Perfect shade of Brown, we are all Perfect Brown!" Now Perfect Brown is an apparel brand that promotes loving the skin you're in!
Why a T-shirt?
Malaya's innocent question along with my struggle as a father looking for the perfect shirt for a little girl and not finding shirts (the staple of many outfits) that I felt represented who I knew my daughter to be helped to inspire me to create the Perfect Brown T-shirt along with the brand. The lack of characters, themes and catchy phrases that spoke directly to girls of color just added to my frustration.
I could tell that most if not all the shirts I came across in my local stores weren’t created with my daughter and girls who look like her so I decided to create the Perfect Brown brand. We create apparel that not only speak to the beauty of melanated skin of girls and women but also celebrate their strength and diversity while in their unique shades of brown! Perfect Brown clothing and products are created with girls like my daughter in mind, love your Brown!