BryanBoy in Dubai: The Interview
Do you have any tips, dos and don’ts of becoming a successful blogger?
There really are no dos and don’ts. If you really want to be successful, you should be looking at what other people are doing. When I first started blogging 10 years ago – I feel like a grandpa saying 10 years! – in my very first post I was complaining about excess baggage. As a person I have evolved, and this has helped in my success as a blogger, because bloggers should always evolve. How I blogged 10 years ago is very different from how I am now.
Be yourself and have a unique point of view. Always have a story. If you don’t have a story to tell, then you might as well not share anything. I don’t believe in getting your pictures taken all the time with no narrative or context. There has to be a message in everything that you do, because if there’s no message then what’s the point?
Do you see yourself blogging for the next 10 years?
I really don’t wanna be getting my pictures taken when I’m 41, but we’ll see. Maybe I’ll change my blog to something different or blog from a different platform. When I started my blog, there wasn’t a plan. I never said to myself, “I want to be a famous blogger one day.” Everything just happened like they did, so I don’t think I can plan for the next 10 years.
Are you going to collaborate with a brand for a design project?
I’m already doing it with Adrienne Landau, a New York-based furrier. We collaborated for the first time last year for my fur accessories collection and we’re doing it again next year. It was sold out, retailing at Barneys, Colette Paris, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Saks. It was very successful so we’re doing it again.
I really love working with brands because they already have the infrastructure, as opposed to me going it alone and starting my own brand. I also love the idea of a good challenge. For example, a brand like Furla has such a strong DNA and for a fashion enthusiast such as myself, it would be interesting to see what kind of ideas we can come up with together.
Have you taken a look at fashion in Dubai? What do you think of our local style?
It’s like any other city. Style these days is very global. Everyone is influenced by the same imagery because of the access that they have. I was at The Dubai Mall yesterday, and I could have been in Hong Kong, Singapore or Washington.