About (2022)



THE FOUNDERS
We carried hundreds of designers across womenswear, menswear, accessories and jewelry, with retail pricing ranging from contemporary to young designer. We also carried a successful unisex offering.

Co-founder Briana Swords studied Fashion Design at Pratt. She spent 10 years working as a womenswear designer before launching SWORDS-SMITH. After working at large global brands for years, including Levi’s Strauss & Co, she was compelled to flip the script and open a business focusing on young designers and art in fashion. Briana is a natural leader who is passionate about intentional design and promoting creativity in the fashion industry. She also has a practical business sensibility, keen problem solving skills and big picture vision.

Co-founder R Smith is an award winning, cross-disciplinary designer with 20 years experience. His work includes branded identities, editorial publications, social strategies, digital products and websites. His experience creating engaging, interactive products has shaped how digital content is consumed. He is proud to have worked with some of the most culturally innovative brands in the world. He holds a BFA from Pratt Institute.

Established in 2013, our retail space is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We offer a thoughtfully curated shopping experience with a focus on discovery and modern design.

We champion independent style and personal expression. Our team goes to great lengths to seek out unique products that have a story.


CURATING INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS We carried hundreds of designers across womenswear, menswear, accessories and jewelry, with retail pricing ranging from contemporary to young designer. We also carried a successful unisex offering. We worked with designers who told stories and created collections that were interesting and intentionally outside of mainstream, mass-market fashion. Many of our designers had strong cult followings and used a creative or inspiration-driven design process.