I met designer Dena Burton through a Spelman sister who suggested that we should connect while in the planning stages of the Stylist Suite event last summer.

The Dena Burton Collection is a high-end women’s line, specializing in gowns and classic dresses with panted ensembles. I was immediately drawn to her for her emphasis on details; especially on a particular white pants suit that was made of this perfect white fabric.

During the BET Awards in July, Dena taught me to love white again when she created a long white fitted dress for me to wear on the BET Awards red carpet.

Her studio is housed on one of the premiere fashion hubs of Los Angeles and she’s displayed her lines in fashion weeks and boutiques around the globe, most recently in Singapore. Yet she yearns for selling power.

The Stylist Suite spoke to Dena about having that staying power as a Los Angeles-based fashion designer.

Do you mind describing the Dena Burton Collection for those that aren’t familiar?

I would describe my brand as a women’s contemporary collection offering classics with a twist.

What is the twist?

The twist is taking a basic suit and making it stand out, making it more contemporary.

How long have you been in business as a fashion designer?

I’ve been in business for 10 plus years.

What are your biggest challenges today?

Having access to funding for manufacturing. I have more ideas that can’t get out. I create two collections per year, spring/summer and then winter/fall.

Tell us about your latest collection.

I’m going in a different direction with my gowns; they are being made for red carpets. I’ll also be adding things like jackets.

This fabric is amazing. How did you find it and how did it inspire the collection?

I was out fabric shopping in the Los Angeles fashion district and was just blown away by this fabric; the way the sun was shining on it. The man that owns the fabric store was so very nice to me. This fabric was made to be worn as a gown.

What inspires you?

I can be inspired by movies, music, or the mood I’m in. Traveling inspires me. I still remember when I went to Africa and the use of the colors.

Where do you see yourself in two years?

I see myself in different fashion outlets; boutiques, retail and my own free standing boutique. And of course, increasing sales.


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