Austin, Texas is budding with upcoming designers, fresh faces, and hidden talent, that in 2010, captured the attention of the notable Wilhelmina Brown Talent and Modeling Agency during a runway show hosted in its honor. Since then, the agency has launched its headquarter in Austin and has gone on to enroll over 400 models and actors in various fields, including fashion, film, print, and more.
During the 2010 launch, which can be found on YouTube, Wilhelmina Brown’s then agent Justin Brown, credited Austin’s good designers and amazing upcoming people for the piqued interest in the area. At the time, Austin enjoyed what was coined as an impressionable fashion scene with the talent to match. According to Roman Young, a then Wilhelmina Brown talent scout, “There’s a rock-ability look here mixed in with a collegiate look with a sports flair with a music scene. It’s really cool” (1).
During the runway show, Linda Asaf, an Austin based designer of bridal, evening wear, and classic feminine ready-to-wear pieces, showcased her Summer Frost collection, a collection of fun, flirty, pieces in light silvers, whites, neutrals, and her favorite spring piece, which the designer described as a beautiful evening gown comprised of gray couture lace that the crowd went ga ga for.
The 2010 addition of The Brown Agency to the area signified the beginning of something huge for Austin, which was predicted by participants to only go up from there. And given the sure magnitude of careers that have been launched there, it’s safe to say that it did just that. Since 2010, The Brown Agency has been accredited with launching the careers of hundreds of models and actors in runway, fashion, film, print, commercials, television, voice-over, catalog, industrial videos, conventions, trade shows, corporate, and industrial events.
The Brown Agency, part of the world renowned Brown Agency Family, is a full-service modeling and commercial agency located in Austin. The agency came to Austin in the Spring of 2010, with a goal to establish unprecedented market standards that had not yet been realized in Austin. Since their launch, Austin models and talent have been working for some of the world’s top brands including Louis Vuitton, L’Oreal, Toyota, and more. The Brown Agency fashion models have graced the runway at New York Fashion Week, Austin Fashion Week, Dallas Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, as well as other major fashion shows.
In 2015, Justin Brown, President of Wilhelmina Austin and former modeling and talent agent in Los Angeles and New York, merged with Heyman Talent-South, one of the region’s most successful acting talent agencies, and re-launched as The Brown Agency, combining the unique strengths and capabilities of two of the largest talent agencies in the area. Michael B. Bonnee, founder of Heyman Talent-South, now serves as the expert of theatrical division for The Brown Agency. The combination of the two companies provides clients with a greater portfolio of experienced talent and increased opportunities nationwide.
(1). The Brown Agency. YouTube.(April, 2015). Wilhelmina Austin Launch Party. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81nMlsotAlc