Local fashion designer Brandon Barnes is the CEO and designer of Dauren fashion label that launched online in 2018. His line is currently one of the local businesses showcased at the Mall of America’s (MOA) Community Commons.
“What we have to offer here at the Community Commons is an experience, to look at our unique products, to have these encounters with us, understand our story, our perspective, and experiences throughout the COVID [era],” said Barnes of the space located on the second level of the MOA.
Before Barnes received an opportunity to showcase his unique business at MOA, he encountered minor setbacks. “Right before the pandemic happened, I launched my online site about a month before. One month we did exceptional,” said Barnes.