Cardi B may rap about her love for Saint Laurent and Christian Louboutin, but she also has a heart for up-and-coming designers. Just a few weeks ago, she obsessed over the newest addition to her jacket collection on Instagram, courtesy of Trenna Seney, the 26-year-old behind custom clothing brand, 1 of 1 NYC. “I love this,” Cardi said on the photo-sharing platform.
The budding fashion star first caught Cardi’s attention on the set of the TV series that kicked off the rapper’s career, Love & Hip Hop: New York. “The makeup artist for the person I worked for on the show also did Cardi’s makeup and she introduced me to her on set,” Seney tells Billboard Style. “From the show, to back when she was dancing at the club, Cardi has had the same makeup artist, and I’ve always been friends with that person. One day I told her I wanted to make something for Cardi, and she was actually the one who encouraged me to do it.”
Seney never thought she would be a designer. She has only been making custom clothes since she quit her jobs at the Apple store and jeweler back in January 2017, so she was unsure at first of what to make for the standout artist.
“I’m still new at this,” she confesses. “I love how humble Cardi is, she really is the nicest person. I don’t ever want her to change. I channeled this sentiment and made a leather jacket for her with the phrase ‘Just A Girl From THE BRONX’ hand-painted on the back. I elevated it by placing 231 gold studs above the words, which took me a good four hours to complete.”
Since finishing the look for the “Bodak Yellow” breakout star, Seney has been caught in a whirlwind of adventure. “I have a funny story about how I got the jacket to Cardi actually,” she says. “The week before she posted it on the ‘gram, I dropped it off to her makeup artist in Harlem. I get it there, head back home and three minutes before I reach my house, I completely run out of gas on the highway. My dad had to bring me gas, and it was a mess — but I was thinking that at least the jacket was on its way to Cardi. Then a week later, she was wearing it.”
The hip-hop sensation from The Bronx isn’t the only artist who gave Seney a seal of approval. 2 Chainz was the first to notice and wear her designs on his Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Flo Rida flaunted the camo jacket she designed for him that said “Hola” on the back in honor of the name of his newest single featuring Maluma. The young creative is all about the hustle of getting her name out there and is even expanding her clothing line into accessories.
“I pride myself in my brand,” Seney explained. “Like it says in the name, when I make clothes for you it’s going to be one of one. I paint everything by hand, so I’m never going to be able to do something exactly like I did before and that’s what makes it special.” You can also catch some of her items in person at Bulletin, a store located in SOHO which features a unique array of clothing you can’t get anywhere else.