The Style Line x Brand Assembly: Swords-Smith’s Brooklyn Community

Photos by Bridget Badore for The Style Line – in partnership with Brand Assembly


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When we asked Briana Swords to introduce herself she responded with this short but powerful statement, “I have been completely immersed in fashion. It’s a huge part of my profession, but also something I take great pleasure in.” There’s no question that this passion has translated into the success of her Brooklyn boutique Swords-Smith which boasts some of the most sought-after contemporary labels in the business. So in our ongoing parternship with BRAND ASSEMBLY we decided to delve deeper and truly get to know all of the women at the helm (and furthermore at the heart) of this celebrated shop. In this interview we shadowed Swords-Smith stylist Tishka Dupera as she styled emerging musician and Swords-Smith shopper SVĒDuring our time together we chatted more about life and style in Brooklyn, emerging fashion and the importance of embracing personal style. Discover the full conversation below and visit THE ASSEMBLIST FOR AN EXCLUSIVE SECOND PART OF THIS INTERVIEW to see the final looks and more of the shop.


Outside of your profession who are you, what do you enjoy and what do you value in life?

Tishka: I’m Tishka Dupera. I am 27 years old and a Brooklyn-based artist. Outside of my profession I am a writer with a focus in poetry and prose. I enjoy exploring the world I live in, whether it’s a long walk in my neighborhood or jumping on a flight to a place I’ve never been. I value that things are ever-changing, it reminds me to take one step at a time especially with the goals I’ve set for myself.

SVĒ: My name is Sve, outside of being a Brooklyn Pop singer and songwriter… I am a dog mommy, I love going to new places and discovering life hacks that make daily tasks easier. I value my family and friends. I would not be who I am without them and their love and support.

How does your work at Swords-Smith encourage celebrating personal style?

Tishka: Our curation is a great mix of statement pieces and essential fashion basics that fits seamlessly in your closet. My work at the shop encourages the celebration of personal style by listening to our client’s needs and offering suggestions that will enhance their look.

How does working in Brooklyn influence your approach to personal style and how would you characterize the Williamsburg creative community?

Tishka: My approach to personal style has always been about creativity, comfort and confidence; working in Brooklyn nourishes that. I would characterize the creative community in Williamsburg as alive, it is visible in the architecture, individual style and the way the residents express themselves.

As an emerging creative voice what role has fashion/personal style played in helping your personal and professional path?

SVĒAs a creative I always look to satisfy all my senses in some way. Music allows you to play with sound and how your hear things. Fashion allows you to play with what you see. It is a reflection of how I may be feeling that day, month, or year. I feel that music and fashion are so closely related. One can inspire the other. It also allows you to become part of another creative community, meet a range of new people in other industries. I have met so many wonderful people and developed long lasting friendships through the fashion world.

What is one question you wish people asked you more often about the work you’re doing?

SVĒ“How can I help you?” I love sharing and supporting other creatives. I find it is important to do that for one another, to empower each other to get up even when there is failure, and do it all over again.

How would you advise the next generation of designers, makers, creative thinkers to leave an imprint in the world simply by doing what they love?

Tishka: I would advise the next generation of creative thinkers, makers and designers to test all of their ideas and build on it.

SVĒ: Create what makes you happy. Creative happiness is like a light, the happier you are the brighter it shines, the more people will notice and gravitate towards it.