By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer,
Report for America Corps Member,
Tiffany Brown has played sports all her life. Her favorite of all being soccer.
At Colorado College, she played for the Division I women’s soccer team, and after, she joined the D.C. United Women soccer club, now known as the Washington Spirit.
Although she eventually ended her soccer career, Brown still recalls encountering a recurring problem with her clothing during her days as an athlete.
As a Black woman with thick thighs, her shorts would incessantly ride up her body. She hated having to constantly pull them back down, as well as the stubborn chafing she was left with.
“Things just didn’t feel conducive to being a woman in sports for a lot of my life, and I felt like that was kind of ridiculous at this point,” said Brown. “There’s no reason to still be experiencing these things, they’re seemingly very easy to fix.”
While traveling in South Africa in 2017, Brown informed her fiance about the need for better athletic wear for women and told him she was interested in starting her own brand. She wanted the clothes to fit comfortably, look good and honor African history and culture.
Fortunately, he supported her venture, and encouraged her to pursue it.
In 2020, Brown launched RGN Sport, a size-inclusive brand specializing in clothes that stay put and celebrate Africa and the diaspora. She traveled back to South Africa to have the brand’s first photoshoot.
“The African print for me is really just wanting to see us exhibited in spaces where we’re not just out on the town and looking good but also in spaces where we’re growing our self-confidence and building on ourselves.”
RGN Sport started with sports bras, which come in low-impact and high-impact styles, and shorts, and since then, has expanded to offer leggings and satin-lined headbands. The legging and shorts have pockets and are made with silicon-based hemlines that prevent them from rolling up or slipping down.
Brown designed the patterns for all of the pieces, and they range from solid back to vibrant, intricate African prints.
Soon, RGN Sport will release tank tops and crop tops to grow its collection. Although Brown intends for the company to remain an e-commerce business, she hopes to attend D.C. ‘s Broccoli City Festival and New Orleans’ Essence Festival to sell and promote her products.
“We don’t want to be a brand that makes you feel like you have to lose weight to look good in our clothes,” said Brown. “We want you to feel confident in who you are right now and to take up space doing that.”
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