We are pleased to bring you a new series highlighting talented designers in the Southeast that we love. For our first installment we talked with Abbey Glass, an up and coming Atlanta fashion designer and resident in the Factory Girls studios. If you haven't seen her work check out her site here
FG: What do you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
AG: “I wish I knew more about retail and more about being a manager. Managing a business is hard, so that would have been something that would have probably made me into a better business owner.”
FG: What makes you unique from other designers?
AG: “I have a lot of hand in my product. I don’t just sketch and have somebody else make patterns and produce. I do all of my own pattern making, and then hand it off to an expert to perfect what I do. I think that allows a lot more creativity in the process of making something because you can take things in different directions depending on how a muslin turns out. You can capitalize on mistakes, sometimes things turn out to be better than you thought they were. I also think that for my age, I do less trendy clothing and less fast fashion oriented clothing which makes me different from most people who work in fashion that are my age.”
FG: Who is your dream client?
AG: “Michelle Obama! I definitely want to design for a very public woman who values where things are made and how they are made; also a woman of integrity and a leader.”
FG: Do trends influence your design?
AG: “Definitely; I think that they shape the body type I’m designing for and how tight or long something is. The core of what I do isn’t defined by trends, but there are a lot of nuances that you have to be influenced by being current to actually be in fashion and not look old fashioned. “
FG: If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you do instead?
AG: “I would probably be some kind of doctor.”
FG: What rule do you believe is meant to be broken?
AG: “Matching. I think that not matching is very cool, and also wearing things in inappropriate ways is cool; like wearing something dressy to a BBQ or wearing something very dressed down at a gala is a rule that is meant to be broken.”
FG: What was the most defining moment for you as a designer?
AG: “I think when I did the Supima Capsule Collection out of college. It challenged me and made me design for real people and not just for myself. I think that allowed me to see that I had some sort of commercial future, and it wasn’t just an artistic expression.”
FG: If you had to pick one outfit to wear every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
AG: “Probably what I am wearing right now: a shapeless short tunic without sleeves. Definitely not jeans!”
FG: What has been your biggest challenge as a designer?
AG: “I think building a viable business and managing money has been really challenging. I think editing the collection is hard too.”
FG: Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
AG: “I would say my parents have been the most influential people. They have supported me since I have expressed interest in being a designer and created my own business. They really help me through any obstacles I have been through.”
FG: Tell us anything you want us to share- plans, hopes, dreams or upcoming events:
AG: “We are excited about the collaboration with Britt Bass, and the upcoming spring collection.”