Meredith Marks of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City isn't the only member of her family doing big things in the fashion industry.
Dropping sharp one-liners and serving looks, Brooks Marks certainly made a strong first impression when introduced to The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City viewers. But on the December 16 episode, Meredith Marks’ 21-year-old son proved that he's a force to be reckoned with in more ways than one when he unveiled his fashion line, Brooks Marks, at Park City Fashion Week.
Brooks chatted with Bravo Insider to dish on the “career-changing opportunity,” and the major moves he’s got planned for the future.
An early start
Given that his mom is a successful luxury jewelry designer who has created pieces for stars like Rihanna, Adriana Lima, and Chelsea Handler, it’s no surprise that Brooks first showed an interest in fashion at a very young age.
“I would cut up my clothes and sew them together, sometimes even glue them together before I knew how to sew, and I would force [my sister] Chloe to put them on,” Brooks explained.
He took his interest to the next level in 2018, when he first began working on his namesake brand. Intended to be a “universal brand for everyone” with “comfortability” as the main priority, Brooks notes, “My tracksuit isn’t just for one body. It’s genderless. It’s for everyone."
Words of wisdom
Throughout his entire journey, Meredith has been incredibly supportive of Brooks, and is always the first person he calls when he needs guidance, no matter the time of day.
“She knows the answers to everything,” said Brooks. As for her greatest piece of advice? “She told me if i was authentic and true to myself, that it would be successful.”
Brooks has also received a few tips from his “hands down” favorite designer and family friend, Christian Cowan. “There’s no one like him,” said Brooks. “I am so thankful that I got to have the conversations that I did with [him and his team]. They’ve just been so educational, and I’ve learned so much. It’s an absolute dream.”
The guidance Brooks has received has obviously led him in the right direction. Brooks dropped his first collection in 2019, and by the time of his second drop in November 2020, the tracksuits sold out in only four hours.
“It was totally unexpected,” said Brooks. “It really is the best feeling to see people in my set, and see them unboxing it, and the videos that they’re posting on their Instagram Stories and the posts that they do to their feed. It’s the most incredible feeling in the world, I can’t even verbalize it.”
If you missed out on Brooks’ last drop, his Park City Fashion Week Release is coming soon. “This was a major moment in my career, and I’m really glad that we pulled it off and that people enjoyed the line,” Brooks said of his first-ever show. “I’m forever grateful for this incredible, career-changing opportunity that I had, and I will never take it for granted.”
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