Daniel’s most recent collection, Reflections 2021, reaches a crescendo of feeling, fight, and faith — indicative of where we are after two years of a pandemic, societal trauma from inequitable violence, as well as the personal experiences, lessons, and desire to find that same belonging we all innately long for.
Mixing sustainability and resourcefulness, emotion and theatrics, Daniel wears his art on his sleeve — literally. Emblazoned with affirmations like “Be True to Yourself,” “You Can’t Dim My Light,” and “Haters are Motivators,” Splashed by DKG offers both grit and hopefulness — along with beautifully constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed outfitting that feels young, powerful, and so now. The pieces, mostly created from repurposed denim, are quilted together in a way that nods to Daniel’s southern heritage and embraces a modern American aesthetic.
Creativity has been a crucial part of Daniel Grier’s life since his days as an only child with two working parents. “I was never bored,” the designer remembers while reflecting on Lego-built cities with Hot Wheels cruising the streets. He’d often make up scenarios to act out like being a magazine editor or school principal. As he grew older, Daniel turned dreaming of idealistic careers into a reality – he’s the founder of a successful clothing brand Splashed by DKG and one of Birmingham’s largest fashion events, Magic City Fashion Week.