While the graphic tees, leather goods, and tactical bags by Brooklyn’s MILES Culture are designed and made in NYC, the brand stays tied to its Philly roots. The urban Philadelphia scene is where founder Ty Holloway grew up, and the vibe of his hometown shows up in everything he creates. That said, he’s happy to be now based in Crown Heights, and the rapidly growing neighborhood has become just as big of an influence. We asked Ty to tell us a little more about his business, including the memories that guided him into fashion in the first place, what he loves about his current location, and the Brooklyn spot where he grabs his favorite sweets.
Growing up in Philly in the nineties, we were heavily inspired by street culture and music.
What's your earliest memory of fashion or personal style? Was it always something you felt was important to you?
My earliest memories were of my mom and her peers being so fly! Growing up in Philly in the nineties we were heavily inspired by street culture and music. Logo statements, bold jewelry, and denim were a few of my favorite fits! Those early visuals continue to inspire and in a lot of ways guide the brand.
How would you describe MILES Culture's vibe in just three words?
Cool conversation pieces.
What are some of your best sellers, and what makes them so popular in your opinion?
Our best sellers are our graphics, tactical gear, and locally made accessories. I think the specialty offered in those classics allows the consumer to select a piece that will travel with them for miles.
What do you love about working in Crown Heights?
The community is alive and vibrant! I’m in the company of so many other small business owners. That energy and those connections make every day special.
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The one thing I can never leave the house without is _____.
My personal style icon is ______.
My uncle Benjamin.
When you visit Brooklyn, you absolutely can't miss going to _______.
Abu’s Bakery. It’s my favorite dessert spot. I love the bean pies!