In the first of a series of essays exploring the cultural context and personal history of a Brooklynite, “Burlington” designer and fashion designer Ani Rana explores the intersection of fashion and history in the borough’s garment district.
Rana’s father was born in the garment district, where his family worked in the factory and where he grew up.
She says she came to Brooklyn at a time when Brooklyn was still largely a white, working-class enclave.
“I was like, ‘I’m going to be like the black kids, I’m going.
This is my story,'” she said.
“I felt like, like, I could be a part of that history.”
While the Brooklyn-born Rana grew up in an immigrant family, she says she felt at home in Brooklyn.
“As an immigrant, I always felt like Brooklyn was like home,” she said, recalling her family’s experience living and working in the city.
“But as an immigrant in Brooklyn, I didn’t really know how to talk about my experience, how to tell my story,” she added.
“My story was my story, and that was a big part of it.”
Growing up in Brooklyn and the boroughs surrounding it, Rana says she was raised to “work hard, get ahead, do my best and be my best.”
“My mom always said, ‘You work hard, you do what you gotta do,'” she recalled.
“And my dad said, I can’t do what I gotta do, I have to work harder.”
Growing out of that culture and the work ethic that she says helped her to make her way in the world, Raneana’s career path was a “rebirth.”
“The Brooklyn culture that I grew up with, the work environment and how to be successful in that culture, that’s what I became, and it’s something that’s still very important to me today,” she explained.
Raneana began her career as a fashion designer with her first clothing line, and she continued to design and create for other brands.
She moved to Paris in the early 2000s to pursue a career as an artist and to start her own fashion line, but she was soon drawn back to Brooklyn and became an associate editor of The Fashion Spot.
“My husband and I are both designers, and we have a very, very, tight connection with Brooklyn,” Rana said.
“It’s very, really special, very unique.”
Rana said that her husband had recently returned from a trip to Morocco, where he had been living for about five years.
“So when he came back to the United States, we went on an island to visit him and see his home,” Ranean said.
While Rana continued to develop her career, Ranas life as a woman of color and working class background took a backseat to the “Burndale” brand she has created, with a focus on contemporary women’s and girls’ fashion and lifestyle.
“Burlington is a small, beautiful neighborhood, and I always feel like I’m part of the community,” she continued.
“It’s a little different from what I grew-up in, so it’s nice to be able to do something different and do something that I feel like is part of my story.”
A career in fashion and designRana has long been a pioneer in the fashion industry, with her fashion line in New York City being one of the first and best known to use the word “Burnt” on its labels.
In 2015, Ranna was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the U.S. and in 2017, she was named by the New York Times to its “100 most influential women in fashion” list.
The Burnt label is also known for her work with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, H&M and Tommy Hilfiger, and her fashion show, “The Burndale,” has become a global phenomenon.
In 2017, Rano was named the first-ever Fashion Icon of the Year by the American Fashion Council, which recognizes a “designer, editor, editor in residence, or an employee of the fashion world” for their work in their fields.
She has also worked with brands like Louis Vuitton, Gap, Dolce, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Guilhem Guillaume and other designers.
In addition to her work in the clothing industry, Rania has had a long career as the creator of the iconic “Burr” clothing line.
It was launched in 1976, in a Brooklyn garment factory, and Rana and her partner, David S. Burrell, created a line of clothing inspired by the “burr” style.
The “Burrell” brand has since grown to include a wide range of clothing, from sportswear to denim, hoodies and accessories, and