Expert Intro—Sean Brown

As a child, Sean Brown dreamed of being a Disney animator — as he grew up that dream quickly evolved into fashion designer once he started crafting airbrushed tees in his teens. In 2007, after a year-long stint at the International Academy of Design and Technology, Sean took his first major step in fashion, launching Bamboo — a casual sportswear label around the concept of vintage Lacoste shirts. His next major project,“The Art of Reuse,” set out to redefine the culture around thrifting. He then founded NEEDS&WANTS in 2013, a Canadian label best known for its subtle, luxe takes on outerwear staples. Sean is currently working on his latest project, titled “Room for Research” — a solo exhibit exploring his creative process.

Where in the world are you right now? Where will you be next?
Kyoto, Japan via Bulgaria. On my way to Beijing. Anyone reading this, please go to Kyoto, Japan!

What does “education” mean to you? How would you define it?
Education is downloading information and applying it to your life or practice. Ultimately, to me, education is always asking questions, and questioning the answers.

Where do you think education is headed? Where will it be in 10 years? 100?
In 10 years I imagine education going through a reform. I think the upcoming generation of young leaders may understand that the education system isn’t as linear as we once thought. So in 100 years, I think you’ll really be able to download your education. Like, remember that scene The Matrix where Neo had to spar Morpheus? They downloaded Kung Fu to his brain in like 30 seconds. I don’t think that reality is that far away. I feel like you’ll be able to get your doctorate in 5 mins, 100 years from now.

Most frequently received (advice related) question?
How do I start without a team or design background?

Why did you join th-oughts?
I love the idea of asking questions. There is no use in pretending to know, or not knowing. I mean, I think what really gives people access to success is access to information.

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