Broken Girls Club - Hollie Bryant

Published: 15 November, 2011 - Featured in Skin Deep 205, November, 2011

The woman of more hair colours than colours that actually exist, Hollie Bryant graces the cover of the mag this month. It’s been a long time since we last spoke, but by a twist of fate we hooked up at Tattoo Jam and subsequently afterwards when we discovered she was launching her own line of clothing in the shape of Broken Girls Club…

What brings you to Tattoo Jam?

"Well, unfortunately I’m not getting any work done. I’m just here to browse and catch up with good friends. At conventions I’m always on the hunt for a good tattoo artist for some new work and I must say there are some great artists here this year that I’d love to get tattooed by. Joe Ellis in particular really stood out for me. His style is so classic and dear God, Jesse Smith’s work kicks ass! I was very jealous of the guys getting tattooed that weekend.

I’ve got loads of work in the pipeline, though getting the chance to be tattooed right now would be a fine thing! My left sleeve needs finishing by Phil Kyle and my husband Chris Hatton is starting my stomach piece as we speak. A trip to Vegas is on the cards next year also for my back piece that I’ve yet to get started!"

You’ve decided to launch your own brand of clothing with Broken Girls Club – what sort of thing can we expect?

"BGC was formed with females in mind! Being a girl that loves fashion,  I like to keep up on trends whilst still being able to maintain a unique, eclectic style. But I found I could only go to high street stores to pick up cute little vests and tees, and felt there was a real calling for some independent fashion specifically aimed at females.

There are so many awesome independent clothing brands at the moment, such as Test Your Strength, Krown Kompany, Rumknuckles, but all are male-orientated and I felt the ladies were missing out! That’s why I decided to start BGC, sourcing fitted tees and jumpers for casual wear, featuring classic simple designs that can be worn casually or mixed with with evening wear.

Despite being made for the ladies, men seem to love BGC and a lot of customers are males. Due to this there are hoodies, beanies and a selection of T-shirts now available. Want my marketing pitch? In a nutshell, Broken Girls Club is sleek, classic, quality, affordable unisex clothing."
Is that pretty much the whole concept in a nutshell or are there ideas waiting in the wings?

"BGC is so new right now so it’s only natural that ideas and concepts are going to develop. What has been released so far is only a selection of what is going to be available in the near future. There is so much to come from Broken Girls Club.

This seems to be the future for those who are looking to make their own way in the world – we seem to have gotten to a place in the world whereby you can pretty much do anything you want, but whatever that is, it can’t be all that you do. You need to supplement your main project/ goal with other things to fund it. Is that how you see this?"
Yeah – I do believe you can do whatever you want to nowadays, and that’s such a great thing!

"I have my nursing, modelling, Broken Girls Club and I juggle my time between then them all. I’m ridiculously busy at the moment! I’m lucky to be able to have a job that’s able to partially fund BGC, but I do have a family at home, so I have to be sensible and my home life always will come first over my projects. I do however put 100 per cent into everything I do!"
Not thinking about pulling away from nursing anytime in the near future then if you could pull this off full-time?

"Nursing is something I’m always going to have under my belt so if I chose to have a break I wouldn’t consider it walking away, just taking time to focus my attention on other aspects of my life. I mean I’ve been nursing for eight years, and I believe it’s always good to mix things up a little. Also I don’t think people are going to want to see me in my undies when I’m 60, (I think there are probably mags that cater for that sort of thing out there somewhere. Ed.) so at some point in my life, the modelling will have to stop. Lets just say I’m keeping my options open and what will be will be!"


Text: Sion Smith; Photography: Scott Cole