The Young Ones: Jay Byrne-Brodie

The Young Ones is a series of Q & A’s with the youth in Raglan. This week the Chronicle caught up  with Jay Byrne-Brodie.

What school do you go to?

Fraser high school

Do you have a part time job? Where?

I’m a Part time Barista at Raglan Roast for almost 2 years.

What do you like to do?

I like to do art; painting, photography, make clothes. My main focus is fashion design so that all fits really well together. I also am really into music as well and go for an odd skate and surf too.

Who do you look up to?

In the fashion industry I would say Rick Owens as he has created his own look and approach to design not only in clothing but also he ranges from home ware to installations as well.

What’s the benefit of living in Raglan?

It’s a really great place to make connections with people who are interested in things that you are into and also to meet new people. After a while everybody knows each other too which creates a strong sense of community too.

What music gets you on the dancefloor?

Nirvana, Cult Mountain, GBE, Maxo Kream, Flatbush Zombies, Skepta, Sticky Fingers, Black Flag, Turnstile. I’m into a lot of music so it really depends on my mood.

Best thing about social media?

Seeing what things people make or are into across the world, the internet is the biggest platform for creative individuals at the moment and it’s a great place to find inspiration for coming projects.

Worst thing about social media?

The anti-social aspect and dependency that people have on it.

Who should run the country?

I don’t really know enough about politics to have an informed decision on things like that, need to do more research on that topic, but I’d say the green party seem to have pretty great policies.

What is the biggest issue facing the world right now?

Once again I’m not an economist or anything like that but poverty is a massive issue and is linked to so many problems; homelessness, disease, and many others and I think It’s a very hard cycle to break.

The country you would most like to visit?

There are a lot of places and cultures I would like to experience but I think I would love to go to France. Sisteron looks beautiful along with the alps and of course Paris too.

Best book you’ve ever read?


You have the exact same meal for the next 12 months. What’s your pick?

Some type of curry with naan bread, probably a chicken Korma

If you were an animal what would you be?

I’d like to think a wolf, but it would be super cool to fly like an eagle or something.

If you were a car, what would you be?

Ferrari 250 gt

I really crack up when….

Any of the bros are round and cracking jokes.

What gives you the creeps?


What two things would be on your desert island? ‘

Boat with copious amounts of petrol and a care package of food for 12 months

Favorite website?


In 10 years I see myself…

As a menswear designer somewhere interesting, probably New York.

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