Tommy L. Brooks III, AA-Fashion Design ’14, initially interned with Dallas-based fashion designers such as Abi Ferrin to gain his footing in the industry. Working with Abi Ferrin helped shape his professional life. “Seeing the business side of the clothing line helped me to gain an understanding in trying to start my own line.”
Today, Brooks is the Quality Control / Lead for Dallas designer Tish Cox and her high-end fashion line. “I inspect the quality of garments for the TISH COX brand, knowing fabric science, pressing, and steaming. He is also as the Assistant Designer for Dallas Lighthouse Sportswear division. “I design concepts for Dallas Lighthouse Sportswear, along with sewing, measuring specs for garments, and training.”
Describe a typical work day:
After determining which deadline dates are priority, I provide the seamstresses with the work needed for the day. As they are working, I check for quality, time, and OSHA Compliance. If there are mishaps with fabric or machines, I communicate with the Manager and employees, and receive an acceptable plan of action.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
Handling the various fabrics, and hustle and bustle of it all.
How did education at Wade College help prepare you for your career?
Fabric Science or Textiles is EXTREMELY helpful. You must know what fabric you are dealing with and what it can do.
What advice do you have for students/graduates beginning their careers in your profession?
Always be courteous and on-time. A strong, dependable work ethic is key! Be confident in the education you receive from Wade College. It is very beneficial.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I started my own company / brand by the name of Ruisseaux. As of February 2016, I am officially the CEO of Ruisseaux Apparel Inc. I had a small debut line July of 2016.
Motto that you live by:
Do not attach your name to just anything.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Keep your word. Let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”.