Brittney wants you to be part of her tribe. Along with her husband Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, she founded her business around that concept. Tribe Kelley has become a wildly popular casual fashion business emphasizing sustainability and fair pay to workers. Her role in leading the direction and promotion of the business requires constant travel and movement. We can’t wait to see where this trailblazer goes next.
Work & Life
TNE: What meaningful lesson have you learned through quarantine and how do you plan to incorporate that mindset or lesson into your life moving forward?
BK: I have definitely learned that time with your loved one is so precious and to soak up everything a little second. I believe I will carry prioritizing family and family time overwork in the future because of this lesson
TNE: Due to the pandemic, many people are now working from home. What are your best tips, tricks, and advice for a productive at-home workspace?
BK: First and foremost, getting up and getting in a workout is a priority. After that, organizing my workspace and also taking hourly breaks to walk outside and breathe in some fresh air.
TNE: Quote, mantra, or saying that has meaning in your life…
BK: “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.”
TNE: Your personality type in a word (or two)…
BK: Independent and loyal.
TNE: The best tip on packing for the road…
BK: Check an extra bag.
TNE: The most exciting thing about launching a brand?
BK: I think the ‘excitement’ itself! I was working on the blueprint for Tribe Kelley for over a year before it launched. All of the excitement from my team, friends, fans, and my husband building up to that special moment is like a rush of adrenaline you can’t get enough of. It is the same feeling for every single launch we do as well. I absolutely feed off of my customers’ energy and excitement. It’s why I continue to do what I do!
TNE: What’s next for Tribe Kelley?
BK: Currently working on the Spring/Summer 2020 collection while continuing our journey to sustainability and starting our philanthropy surrounding mental health.
TNE: The item in the line you wear most?
BK: 100% the Traveler Bra.
TNE: Three unique things always in your work bag…
BK: Small crystals, electronic wipes, tape measurer.
TNE: Bad hair day quick fix…
BK: Tribe Hat or Beanie
TNE: Vacation spots and places you love to stay/escape…
BK: St. John Island, Big Sur, our house on 30A in Florida.
TNE: Your favorite music (aside from your husband)…
BK: Honestly, jazz chill is the playlist I have on most these days.
TNE: What most inspires you?
BK: Me. My story. My resilience when I was 17 after my grandmother tragically passed away and being orphaned. I believe it’s inspiring to see and hear other stories of resilience and rising out of extremely unfortunate circumstances. I have met a lot of people along the way that I’ve connected with who have gone through similar tragedy and being able to relate and inspire one another is a big part of healing.
TNE: What do you gift most?
BK: The Traveler Bra
TNE: What’s the ideal way to start your day?
BK: Coffee with my husband and my four dogs. Waking up slowly.
TNE: What products or services do you count on for energy and health? Give us your wellness go-to’s…
BK: I love the My Pretty Muscles workout app by Erin Oprea, regular bodywork/massages to ease tension from travel, green juice/wellness shots, and IV Treatments by Arete Nashville to help with dehydration and immunity while traveling. I’m currently on the journey to learn to meditate as well!
TNE: The hardest thing you do each week…
BK: Switching between my left and right brain. It’s been a challenge learning how to manage my time as both the CEO of the company and the creative. I have found it’s important for me to schedule my “creative” time, and to make sure I write down any ideas as they come in to explore at a later time. Most of what I currently do for Tribe Kelley is left brain-related because I am focused on leading the company; making sure the brand and the stores are running properly.
TNE: Your favorite way to wind down…
BK: Turning on my jazz playlist, lighting all the candles, and cuddling up with a good book.
TNE: What do you never leave home without?
BK: My sunglasses and chapstick.
TNE: Guilty pleasure…
BK: Watching Riverdale.
TNE: Most random thing we might find in your handbag or carry on?
BK: Probably a dog hair- ha!
TNE: Who you count on for glam…
BK: For glam in Nashville, Kristen Carbine for sure! She is great at hair and makeup.
For nails, Nashville Nail Co, they come to your house and pamper you!
TNE: What do you splurge on personally?
BK: Technology related items.
TNE: Wine, cocktails, or smoothies…
BK: I’m not a big drinker, but if I have a cocktail it would be a whiskey sour.
TNE: How long have you lived in Nashville?
BK: This will be my seventh year! I moved here from Flovilla, Georgia in 2013 when I married my husband.
TNE: Your neighborhood…
BK: West Nashville
TNE: Coolest neighborhood treasure/place…
BK: Driving out to Leiper’s Fork area and walking around.
TNE: Top choice for date night…
BK: Bourbon Steak.
TNE: The best place to buy healthy food…
BK: For a restaurant, True Foods Kitchen. For groceries, Whole Foods.
TNE: Meeting friends for coffee or wine…
BK: Coffee and catch up at Meet + Greet.
TNE: Where do you source things for your home?
BK: My husband and I absolutely love to go antique shopping. We scatter really fun pieces all over our home and Tribe stores.
TNE: Places you get exercise (gym, parks, wherever)…
BK: My husband and I like to get outdoors as much as possible and count it as a workout! We train with Erin Oprea when we can and do our own workouts as well while traveling.
TNE: One thing you love most about living in Music City…
BK: I love how accepting the city is of all forms of art, culture, and people. It’s so diverse and not what I imagined before I moved here!
TNE: The thing that you don’t love so much…
BK: If I’m being honest, probably how many grey/overcast days there are. My husband and I both grew up in mostly sunny areas so it’s different being in this type of seasonal weather! Although, it makes for good creative days when you just stay inside and put in the work.
TNE: The perfect day off in town includes…
BK: Coffee and breakfast at the house with dogs, riding around the trails on our land, going to explore Franklin square or Leiper’s Fork area, driving around listening to music, chill time at the house, music and candles while getting ready for dinner, dinner reservations at Bourbon Steak, and dessert at the house with the pups.
TNE: Favorite local events or involvements…
BK: We love catching artists playing around town and writers rounds when we can! We love supporting our friends who hold charity events throughout the year. Recently I joined the Volunteer committee for the annual Miracle on 4thbenefit to support local charity Home Street Home Ministries, and I’m really excited about being a part of this organization from now on.