Mellany Sanchez, a lifelong Brooklynite, was featured in the New York Times earlier this month for her work as rapper Drake’s image director.
The 26-year-old, who grew up in Bushwick, worked as the creative director for Kith, a streetwear apparel company before she began her current job.
According to the Times article her big break came after Ronnie Fieg, the owner of Kith, reached out to Sanchez when she was studying visual communications at NYU in 2013. She became the label’s creative director and helped shape the brand’s image back when it was relatively new.
Sanchez now works for Drake and was part of the team “that directed the visuals on his new album, “Scorpion”: the music video outfits, the album cover and tour wardrobe.”
When Sanchez isn’t creating looks for the award winning artist, she’s serving looks on social media.
Her Instagram is every New Yorker 90s kid’s dream. So much of Sanchez’s aesthetic is inspired by the city’s sneaker culture that was often found in neighborhoods like Bushwick before it became mainstream. Her posts are made up of Drake’s outfits, sneakers, throwback photos and selfies of her in streetwear.
It’s also a love letter to her Puerto Rican heritage and how it connects to NYC.
For her next project, Sanchez is going to help put together Drake’s wardrobe for his upcoming “Aubrey & the Three Migos” tour that will run from July 2018 to November 2018.
Keep up with Sanchez’s adventures and creative flow on her social media, or just check out Drake’s looks while he’s on the tour and know that his ensemble was put together by a creative Bushwick native.
Cover photo courtesy of Mellany Sanchez’s Instagram