Born in Brooklyn, New York Chelsea Bravo moved to London at the age of two with her Father, a London native born to Trinidadian parents and her Mother Grenadian, both parents growing up in New York city through the 70s and 80s.
By the age of eight Chelsea was already showing a keen interest in developing a personal style and identity through clothing, taking to fashion as a means of self-expression. It was her Mother who made it known to her that she could go to university to study fashion design and become a fashion designer.
In 2010 Chelsea Bravo graduated from the University of The Creative Arts Rochester and went on to intern with menswear designers Christopher Shannon and Martine Rose. It was after riding a bus home at 2am one morning from Martine’s studio in Tottenham, North London, catching a worn out glum expression reflected back to her in the bus window that she called it quits on the interning game and decided to venture out on her own.
In 2013 Chelsea Bravo founded her eponymous menswear label with the launch of her strongly received spring/summer 2013 collection entitled ‘Dysfunction’ which was picked up and featured on Okay Africa and Fucking Young magazine. June 2014 saw Chelsea hold her first presentation during London Collections: Men with a collection entitled ‘Concourse’, which explored the notion of recreating the experience of viewing art in a museum or gallery through garments,a theme that the designer has been obsessed with and exploring ever since.
In 2015 the brand was invited to be a part of the British Fashion Council’s Emerging Designer Showrooms, taking part for two consecutive seasons. In the same year Chelsea was selected by Squarespace to be a part of their 2016 You Should campaign and interviewed and featured in the womenswear streetstyle photography book
‘Women In This Town’.
Chelsea Bravo’s collections now feature both womenswear and menswear and are designed, sampled and made in-house. The brand is completely ran and funded independently from Brooklyn, New York as of 2018.