A Brooklyn Native, LaTonya Yvette embodies the borough’s curiosity, vibrancy, and kindness. It’s where the stylist, writer, and mother lives, and where her passion for style, activism, family, womanhood (among other things) blooms. LaTonya is beautiful and smart, and everything she presents is reflective of that. We’re so happy to explore style and life with her today.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Eclectic, comfortable, changing
What’s most important when it comes to style: comfort, beauty, or innovation?
Most valued thing in your closet?
My grandmother’s vintage coats, which I hardly wear, but love so intensely.
Do you have a fashion muse?
My grandmother was definitely my muse. She’s still in so much of what I wear.
When you feel the most comfortable and happy – what are you wearing?
Lately, I’ve been feeling great in baggy mens pants and cool boots or a fitting dress and cool sneakers. I like contrasting looks.
How did you New York upbringing influence your style and also career?
My aunts and uncle were always really into fashion-the latest sneakers and getting dressed for the day was more of a long ritual. Seeing how it was part of their souls and of most New Yorkers, kind of shaped me. You didn’t go out unless you looked good, and I grew up with that.
I think of style as a career I believe is a little of both nurture and nature. I really am just truly insanely happy in being creative with looks. I’m not really into watching what others do or how they do, I’m interested in the stories that make them them. And somehow, the stories that surrounded me have everything to do with who I am right now.
Did motherhood have an impact on these things?
Of course. Having my children see me actually enjoy myself in my skin and the things I wear, fuels me. But I think it’s really important for my daughter to see me love myself and love on myself in this unique way.
Describe your life in Brooklyn in a few words.
Busy, cultured, and loving.