DAY IN BRIEF: Terese Brown, Creative Director & CEO, Terese Sydonna
For Terese Brown, Creative Director and CEO at contemporary clothing label Terese Sydonna, it’s all about the three F’s. “My motto is family, friends and fashion,” says Brown. “I’m very close to my family and spend as much time as I can with them when I’m not working or traveling.”
As the creative and business lead of her company, Brown has a lot on her plate. “I’m extremely passionate about my clients and my community where I live and work,” she says, adding that she takes pride in empowering women in her role, and with her creations. Still, she says a work-life balance is hard to achieve. “As women, we often choose ourselves last and put the needs of everyone else before our own,” she says. “I deeply admire those fighting for and living their American dream every day as well. I see these superheroes in my neighborhood of Jamaican immigrants, and in New York’s Garment District where Terese Sydonna is produced.”
Luckily, Brown has a tight-knit group of chosen family members to lean on. “I have a small close circle of friends, some I’ve known since I first immigrated to the United States,” says Brown, who says one of the ties that bonds them is their love of food. “Together we’re usually exploring the city and uncovering the best food to try.” Though fashion is, of course, her passion, she admits, “If I was not a fashion designer I would definitely be doing something in food and travel. Being an island girl I just can’t do without the ocean and having fresh food readily available!”
Much of this exploration happens on the weekend—specifically, Saturdays, which are Brown’s favorite. Find out why that is ahead in our latest Day in Brief.
Uwila Warrior: What is your favorite day of the week?
Terese Brown: Saturday.
UW: How is that day different from the others?
Terese: There is just something so exciting about Saturday. It’s a declaration that I've made it through another week, a day to sleep in late and do all the things I couldn’t get done at my own pace unbothered by deadlines.
UW: How does the day start for you?
Terese: I sleep in until 8 or 9 AM. Every morning I start off my day with gratitude rituals—giving thanks to God to see another day, a light stretch and opening my curtains to let sunlight in.
UW: What about the afternoon?
Terese: After my gratitude rituals I check messages, make a smoothie, workout, shower and head out to meetup with friends or my sister.
UW: What does a perfect evening for you look like?
Terese: I love ending up in unexpected places having amazing experiences that were not planned. Oftentimes, I leave my house around lunchtime with a destination in mind, but sometimes don’t make it back home until midnight or later because I’ve found out about another event or gathering that I just can’t turn down. On these summer evenings I’m usually outdoors with a gorgeous sunset sampling delicious food with my favorite people.
UW: What habits or moments during the day give you strength?
Terese: Being grateful always sets the mood for me. Reminding myself of this throughout the day allows me to stay present, let go of negative thoughts and prioritize what I absolutely need to get done instead of worrying about completing everything on my to-do list.
UW: How do you power down at night?
Terese: I end my day with a cup of tea and Korean dramas or the latest show I’ve been binging on Netflix.
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