Cigarettes and Bribes

Cigarettes and Bribes

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I tuned into my inner 90’s grunge phase. I love this look from this era….I actually once went through a phase of watching every coming of age 90’s movie. Empire Records, Fear and 10 things I hate about you.. literally the list goes on.

I really loved watching all of these movies and this look is dedicated to that era.

These shoes I purchased in ROME ITALY are my current love. I stumbled across this epic shoe store there. It’s so different how they display their shoes on sale there. They’re in the window and you point to the ones you want in your size, without making a mess and touching them all.  Also….It was really hot that day, but winter is always on my mind!

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‘Abstracts In A Major’ Kangan Institute Fashion Graduate Event 2014

header I was invited to attend Kangan Institute end of year Fashion Graduate event. Being a former student of Kangan it was great to attend and feel welcomed once again. The event was held at the famous and well-known Federation Square, the section it was held in was a very spacious area known as the Deakin Edge. A number of well-known industry based fashion designers and people of the fashion industry community also attended the event to show support to the students and their pieces. photo 1.PNG

Pop Art / modern art was the theme of the artwork pieces inside the venue. Pop Art is a movement that appeared in the mid 1950’s in Britain. Pop Art is a form of “comic based” looking Art. The artwork was very impressive and was created by the Visual Merchandise students of Kangan.

Jersey Pair Students were waiting in anticipation to show off their collection pieces. All students throughout  the year levels were able to participate and show their collections. The music starts and the parade begins! Models gracefully parade the runway showing off the students remarkable pieces. Steph Bull Wool 1Steph

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Showcasing a range of different fabrics and colour palettes. Garments ranged from swimwear, race wear all the way to bridal. Then expression clothing of their individual collection ideas. Millinery students also contributed to the event as well.

grace pair grace 1Grace Price The runway was styled by high profiled stylist Franco Schifilliti for the event. I was impressed by all the pieces and what will be coming up in the future with this great marvelous talent that is on hand. Students with the most impressive and talented work were awarded vouchers and great opportunities with internships from Sussan and Perri Cutten just to name a few. All in all I was very impressed and will be eager to see these talented designers on our Australian market and what next years event will hold, as it is constantly growing and improving.

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Kangan  Students Interviews

Please take the time and read the students intriguing interviews. They express a lot of knowledge of what they have learnt during their time at Kangan and their student experience at Kangan Institute

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You’ve completed your advanced diploma of design at Kangan Tafe, tell us more about your experience with Kangan and what you have achieved since attending Kangan?

When I first visited Kangan three years ago I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere of the whole place, it felt like the teachers actually knew the students on a personal level and really cared about your work and the direction you wanted to take, regardless of what it was. And that was definitely proved to me over all the years that I have studied there. Each teacher has so much industry knowledge its ridiculous!

I began my diploma barely being able to sew a straight line and after three years I can now safely say that line is so straight there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the whole sewing room!

Kangan also encourages all students to participate in design competitions and many of the briefs they set for assessment are detailed to certain competitions. I have been lucky enough to receive a sustainable practices award from a TISA competition where I dyed organic fabric with onion skins, and more recently had three of my graduation collection pieces showed and MSFW.

Our Advanced Diploma class also got the opportunity to go to Jogjakarta for two weeks in July, to study the traditional technique of Batik. This was one of the best experiences of my life, the teachers and students we worked with were some of the most kind and generous people I have ever met. And the incredible things we learnt will forever be useful to me.

Our class left with an abundance of knowledge and a friendship that will last a lifetime.

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How did you come up with the idea to use the materials you used and why? Did you have a theme as well?

The theme for my Graduation collection was based on Fashion Illustrators and their use of watercolour. I love how unpredictable and unique every drawing is and that you just never really know how the colours will mix or where they will land on the page. I wanted to translate that concept into effortless Resort wear pieces. I love simplistic designs that are easy to wear but still have that exciting element that makes you want to never take it off.

I used a combination of silks, linen and techno spandex, all of which I hand dyed. I decided to hand dye my pieces instead of having them printed because I wanted a challenge and a chance to experiment with a field I am growing a great interest in. And a challenge is exactly what I got, it was so different for every piece and I definitely got better and allowed more freedom for every garment.

What was the process for creating your garments?

For me this was the hardest thing to do. I had several different ideas for my collection, and had to really narrow down what I wanted to do. I did trials, tests, sketches and research and finally come up with something that I loved and then hated and then fell in love with all over again! I feel it’s an idea I can continue to develop and grow with the use of different fabrics and dyes, it’s a collection where the ideas and possibilities are endless.

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What are your goals would you like to be an independent brand or work for a brand?

My goals for the moment is to find my place in this crazy fashion world. I love the industry and all the amazing opportunities it has to offer, but I don’t think having my own label is right for me (not just yet anyway). I’d be happy working for another brand, maybe something commercial?

Advice for anyone who is currently studying fashion?

Do exactly what you want, the fashion industry has a place for everyone and every idea you’ve just got to find where you’re meant to be!


 Millie O’Toole

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You’ve completed your advanced diploma of design at Kangan Tafe tell us more about your experience with Kangan and what you have achieved since attending Kangan.

My experience with Kangan was a three-year journey full of great opportunities; competitions, placement in the industry, runway shows, award nights, being part of MSFW, a trip to Indonesia and the amazing graduate show.

I participated in many competitions throughout first and second year winning prizes and gaining exposure.

But it wasn’t until my final year where I fulfilled every opportunity thrown my way. This included an amazing trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia with my classmates. We studied their traditional textile design ‘Batik’ with the local students and teachers from Yogyakarta State University. We formed lifelong friendships, saw beautiful sights and gained a skill not often seen until recently.

After this trip I was chosen to show three outfits in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week- emerging student runway 1. This was an amazing experience that taught me a lot about the industry and the lead up to a show. It gave me exposure and I was then approached for a photo-shoot using my menswear outfits.

Upon completing my final year we had a graduate runway show which featured all my outfits and saw me winning not one but two amazing awards, 2014 outstanding advanced diploma student and Outstanding runway collection award.

My time at Kangan won’t be forgotten as the teachers treat you like family and as they have worked in the industry they are able to pass on great knowledge that they have learnt firsthand. Their mentoring and endless encouragement brought the best out of us all.

Millie Trio How did you come up with the idea to use the materials you used? and why? and your theme.

I came up with my theme ‘Industrial Luxe’ due to being inspired by the industrial buckles i found at a fabric store and materials used within architecture such as concrete, metal, rubber etc.

I mixed the different textures of soft and hard through my collection with the varying materials of denim, wool coating, hand knits against the heavier fastenings such as exposed zip details and the buckles.

The materials in the collection were chosen due to the collection being a capsule collection for A/W15. They were selected due to their fibre, colour, properties and texture. All the denim was hand dyed to create the concrete look, the ombre was hand created and the bold graphic print I designed myself from an image of a concrete feature wall I mirrored several times.

I wanted my urban collection to be cohesive with the colour palette and the individual pieces to be easily mixed and matched to create a modern outfit for both men and women of Melbourne.

What was the process to create your garments?

The process begun with forecasting the trends and undergoing copious amounts of research along with sketches. This turned into many designs that had to get condensed into a five outfit capsule collection. From there I made the patterns and fitted the toiles to my fit models and finally I completed the garments after this long process.

What are your goals would you like to be an independent brand or work for a brand?

My goal for the future is to work for a brand and develop more industry skills and later in life create my own brand either on the side or as a career.

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You won not one but two amazing awards. Outstanding Runway Collection Award and 2014 Outstanding Advanced Diploma Student. How did it feel to win such prestigious awards after completing your course?

I was shocked to hear my name read out for best advanced diploma student even though I had put my blood sweat and tears into the collection and the theory work throughout the year. This is due to being surrounded by so many talented designers.

And then for my name to be read out again for the best collection of the year was honestly the best feeling. I had so many emotions circulating through my mind from shock, to excitement and extreme pride for what had accomplished.

Advice for anyone who is currently studying fashion?

Stay true to yourself


Bec Waldmeyer

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You’ve completed your advanced diploma of design at Kangan Tafe tell us more about your experience with Kangan and what you have achieved since attending Kangan. We have been offered a lot of amazing experience which being at Kangan, especially this year with doing the advanced diploma. In June we were given the opportunity to go the Indonesia for two weeks to study Batik dyeing at the Yogyakarta State University. It was an incredible trip, we learnt so much about the countries incredible culture and of course about the beautiful art of batik. We met some amazing people and we also bonded a lot as a class which has made this year even better because we are all so close now.

I was also able about to be a part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s emerging runway 1 with some of my class mates. I still can’t believe I was able to be apart of it. To be able to have your garments in MSFW while your still a student is amazing! I loved every part of the experience.

I was so lucky to have the teachers that I did at Kangan, as I have learnt so much valuable knowledge from them that I will have with me forever. bechtree What was your theme for your collection? My theme was called ‘Mirror Image”. It was inspired by identical twins, in particular mirror twins. I have a twin brother so that’s kind of where I got the idea from.

 

Congratulations on winning 2014 Textile innovation Award!

How long did it take you to create your collection? What was the process?

I made three digital prints and got them all printed at the hub. Laser cutting was also featured in my collection which I got made at Melbourne Laser Cutter. For my digital prints I used a photograph I took of a hydrangea in the botanical gardens. I then used photoshop to edit the photos into three different print designs using various mirroring, layering and rotating effects.

My laser cut design was inspired by the pattern of one of the three print designs. It took me a couple of days to create the prints  (from taking the photo to the finished products).

I was really happy with the results! And it was great because I was able to get it all done on shore, which was important to me. bectwo

What are your future ambitions and goals in the industry?

I would like to one day own and design for my own label, but at the moment I’m happy. I really want to be working or interning for various companies to gain as much experience as I can.

Bec was awarded with a Perri Cutten internship


Brittney Hunt

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You’ve now completed your Advanced Diploma of design at Kangan Tafe we met six months prior to your completion. What’s it like to have finished? What are your future plans?

I am super relieved to be finally finished studying, but it is sad because I am going to miss my class mates and teachers, because we have gotten so close over the past year.

As for future plans, I really just plan to get a job in the fashion industry and start at the bottom and after a lot of hard work, make it to the top.

How did you come up with the idea to use the materials you used and why? Did you have a theme as well?

I really wanted to continue with the grass weaving technique I learnt from an Aboriginal Elder. I felt so honored to be taught the technique and I felt it was imperative to continue such a raw and unique part of Australian culture in my range. I then built the collection on top of this material so I named it ‘Textured Androgyny’ because I wanted to experiment and blend a whole heap of textured fabrics together into a collection while still making it marketable to a Melbourne clientele. I also wanted to achieve subtle sexuality in this collection, by having open backs, and cross bust darts. These days women walk around with their legs, stomach and chest out to get attention from men, and I just don’t understand it. Clothing should empower women, not denigrate them. britts work

what was the process to create your garments?

It honestly starts how every other collection starts, with a sketch then a pattern and then it is sewn. It sounds quite simple when you put it like that but it’s still hours of work, but I love it all.

What are your goals would you like to be an independent brand or work for a brand?

I would love to start my own brand straight up after school but I honestly need the experience in an established design label first so I can learn in a business setting.

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You said that you wanted to create a knit wear range, tell us more.

I’m really excited about this next project of mine. Next year I will be developing a collection of high end knitwear basics, that are made and sold in Melbourne. I will be developing it on the side of hopefully getting a job in the industry but I am very confident and excited to start.


Advice for anyone who is currently studying fashion?

If you want to be in fashion for your whole life then definitely do it, but if you’re just like meh I’ll just do fashion, then don’t. I know it is a bit harsh but there is sooo much that goes into just studying fashion. People seem to glamorize the fashion industry which is fair, but there is so much behind the scenes you don’t see. It’s many hours of overtime and extremely hard work. I know it’s a bit harsh but it’s the truth.I wish anyone studying good luck and I know it’s hard right now but you will get there.


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You’ve completed your first year of your Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Technology at Kangan. What is your current greatest achievement since attending Kangan?

I just finished my first year Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Technology at Kangan Institute. I received Outstanding 1st Year Student 2014.  A set of marker pens and a Susan Internship. I was shocked and very happy.

How did you come up with the idea to use the materials you used and why? Did you have a theme as well?

The material I used for my dress is 100% Cotton. I followed a Tom Ford brief our teacher gave us. The theme for my dress is Diamond Rain, a myth that unicorns showers in diamond rains. photone

Photo by: Bianca Fioritti for Aevoe

What are your goals for the fashion industry?

My goal is to make clothes that make people happy also as environmental friendly as possible. 

How do you keep motivated throughout your course?

Fashion is always the motivation. 


Well done to all the talented Kangan students. I wish them the best on their careers in the fashion industry!

Special thanks to

Kangan Institute,Melissa Jackson,Grace Price,Millie O’Toole,Bec Waldmeyer,Brittney Hunt and Yisha Wang

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Beau In The Wood

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Get acquainted with
, creator of a new raft of fashion, the Wanderlust design, BEAU IN THE WOODS. A former media mogul (journalism and communication), colluding in secret and every woman has a Rendez-voux with herself, Kylie ran with her secret. There she entered the Universe of an unimaginable fashion career.

Residing on the ever so captivating Brisbane, lined with shimmering warmth of the sun and white sandy beaches, Kylie began a love affair in retail fashion. 

Not a seasonal girl, she focused her tag lines on a summer theme, as she lives for summer.

We are loving BEAU IN THE WOODS and with a luxe of whisper, I invite Kylie Dadson to hone in on her vision and her incredible rise towards her success.    

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Below Kylie answered some of my curious questions about herself.

 

What is your label about?  

 It’s about a wanderlust, summer life style. (Yep two words!) …  

Beau is the love and In The Woods is the adventure. It’s really about loving the adventure of life and creating a lifestyle that individually suits you… 

In my world it’s always summer! 

Our prints are created from photographic images, so travel is my biggest influence, but I am also inspired bygone era’s for their classic styling and design. I love a 50’s, 60’s and 70’s woman as a style muse and often think in print design with 1920’s deco lines. 

What’s a usual day in the office?  

I don’t think there is ever a usual day in the office in the fashion world, but it’s always very task focused and I break it into timeframes to suit. It might be based around pattern or production meetings one day. Design time another. I also tend to work best at night when nothing can distract me! 

Did you study fashion? If not what did you study? 

 I studied journalism and communications whilst working in a photography lab/shop. Towards the end I moved to the Gold Coast so I could be near the beach and fell into fashion retail as a back up plan to support my socialising and travel addiction. 

What is your favourite part about being a fashion designer?  

When people come to us for an outfit for a special event. At the moment we are outfitting a bridal party … We have customized the boys bow ties to go back with each bridesmaid who is wearing a different style across one of our prints. It is going to look so fabulous! It’s been such a fun process to communicate with the bride leading up to the wedding! 

How do you select the materials you used?  

I have a slight obsession with silk. In particular crepe de chine silk. It’s heavenly to wear on the body, perfect for travelling and lasts season after season. Plus our digital prints look amazing on it. 

Beau Maharaja Prints

Maharaja -created from photos taken when we were in India last year. The blue print was actual photos of the peacock gates in the City Palace in Jaipur

How many in your team? 

 Me + my pattern maker, machinist and production. It’s a small circle and I couldn’t do it without them. 

How did you get to where you are now with your label? 

 With a lot of support and encouragement from people in my life … My husband and customers that are now more like friends have been amazing! 

How and what gives your inspiration for each collection? Do you go on fashion trips to gain inspiration?  

 I have planned trips to gain inspiration, but honestly it just hits me sometimes when you see an image or have an experience. I collect everything I can, screen shot everything on my phone, take photos like crazy and then wait for a vibe to hit me. Anyone that knows me will tell you I am happiest when near water, so generally all great ideas come together in my head in the shower… it’s a lot more practical that being constantly pool-side.  

Who is your target market? 

 Confident girls that know what they love and don’t want to strictly follow trends. Our age demographic is anywhere from 16-60. It’s crazy but fabulous that a piece like our Palms Kimono or Bow Cami can kit out such a wide age bracket so perfectly. 

How do you go about sourcing your products? 

We create them all! I am super passionate about building local industry and manufacture all of our garments locally. I drive to drop off items for production, then drive to pick them up. Soon I will have to get couriers of course but I love the conversations I get to have with our makers. It puts life into the garments and everyone is so passionate and proud of the work they have created. 

Where is the final product made?  

Brisbane. 

What’s your current achievement with the brand that you are most proud of? 

I can never answer this questions!!! Sorry, maybe in another a few years!! 😉 

How did you go about creating this label?  

Omg, sooooo many years of trial and error and fabulous moments all in between. Jumping in head first. Just going with it. A ridiculous amount of passion for an idea and turning it into a product. First there was a trip to Vietnam and falling in love with fabrics. Then my husband and I started a fashion agency. Then our first label. A few stockists. Then a shop. Then a raiding of my step father’s photography from which the Beau’s first prints were created. Then a flagship boutique. Now I have pulled it back and am starting super organically with everything I have done to move it forward on a e-platform.  I feel that this is a more modern approach to retail and pop up’s will give the brand the flexibility to change each season. It’s been a constant work in progress for almost 4 years so far.  

Any difficulties in creating and production?   

There will always be a challenge somewhere along the line but because we work so closely with everyone involved in the process it gets sorted quite quickly.  Maintaining great business relationships and creating a beautifully finished garment is the utmost importance to us all. 

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Pants feature part of an artist print that we are releasing at the end of this year a collaboration with a Byron Bay artist called Kristel Warton, adore her!

 

Before creating your brand did you work for another label? 

 Not behind the scenes, just on the shop floor.  

What are your future plans with your label?   

Online retailing is my focus at the moment. I am working on developing a new website and have plans to re-launch the label later this year for the resort season. Moving forward Beau is about summer all year long. (I can’t pretend to care about winter anymore!) We plan to do pop up’s with designer friends too! Kind of like the wanderlust lifestyle we constantly covet! 

Who’s your inspiration/ fashion designers who you look up to? 

 I always rave about Jenny Kee. I love following Matthew Williamson on instagram. I am terrible at looking at style.com to follow new season shows and trends. I much prefer street style, architecture, vintage finds such as bohemian glassware and purses and daydreaming about as many travel destinations as possible. 

What’s your feeling for future trends?  

I don’t really follow trends personally. I think it’s the flipside to working in retail for so long and getting such a huge wardrobe that gets outdated so quickly.  (There are only so many market stalls one gal can do!) I love styling for longevity, lifestyle and personal taste. I only buy pieces I absolutely love and encourage my fabulous customers to do the same.  Quality is the biggest trend. The second is knowing your style and just simply rocking it. 

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Summer Breaks -created from polaroid pics from our fav summer holiday destinations

 

 

And lastly, any advice to people who want to get into the industry! 
Get as much experience as you can. And get onto that shop floor! Listen to what people like and don’t like and really gauge if there is a market for what you want to produce. Just do it.  

Special thanks to 
Kylie Dadson xx

 http://www.beauinthewoods.com

RUE STIIC

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Rue Stiic
pronounced: roo steek
Rue: Alley way
Stiic: Our inspirations

Southern Californian born Rue Stiic founder and designer Jillian Beed lives and breathes the California lifestyle with the ocean, organic patterns, natural textures, architecture and rustic chic vibes of Venice Beach intrinsic to the timeless and wearable pieces in her label.

After completing a degree in business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, Beed’s passion for expression and experience led her to her travels and discovery of Perth, where her distant Australian roots took hold.

Loving the WA coastlines and niche fashion culture, a connection between her new and old homes was ignited and has become a strong drive behind Beed’s designs launched end of 2012. 

Not only does the label embrace, but it also celebrates elements of this amalgamated Southern California – Australian lifestyle.

I had the pleasure to interview Jillian, it’s not only inspiring but you can defiantly feel her loving vibe throughout about her brand read below! x

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What is your label about?

Rue Stiic is a style driven, beach inspired label.

It’s about taking one of our easy to wear pieces and creating a cool, easy, yet sexy style. 

The Rue Stiic girl is a little rock n roll, a little laid back, and oozes an unspoken and natural chic.

What’s a usual day in the office?

Australia office: Coffee, emails, Dogtown and Z Boys soundtrack and Blow soundtrack on repeat, more coffee, production planning, designing.

Bali: Coconut and big breakfast, jumping on the scooter and taking on the day of driving around in the Bali heat to factories, suppliers, and meetings. End of the day entitles a sunset beach walk (necessary to ease the muscles and mind from the Bali chaos) and a group dinner with my beautiful friends that call Bali their full time home.

Did you study fashion? If not what did you study?
I studied Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, California. I taught myself how to design through out the years, so it was great to learn how to properly run a successful business.

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What made you create this label? Tell us your story

Since I can remember, I’ve had a burning drive to start a label. As a little girl, I had my diary of wedding dress designs that I drew whenever I was having me time. In high school, I started creating surf inspired artwork on white shoes and selling to friends and family…I was hooked after this. After taking the steps I needed to learn and experience how to run a business and a brand, I decided to take the leap and start the label I had envisioned for years – a style driven, beach inspired, lifestyle label. I started small so I could learn how to properly run a business, fashion production overseas, and design pieces that worked for a good range of customers and I have successfully and organically grown over the past 2 years.

 

How many in your team?

Just me and my intern who comes in a few times a week.


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How and what gives your inspiration for each collection? Do you
go on fashion trips to gain inspiration?
A mix of music, photography, and travel inspire me on a daily basis. Music is one of my biggest inspirations. I get hooked on a few songs and the designs start to flow. My constant travel within Australia, Bali, and the States has also been an important influence on the overall brand and designs.

How did you get to where you are now with your label?
Hard work, endless nights of no sleep, and keeping my head up and my vision in the horizon.

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What’s your current achievement with the brand that you are most proud of?

A huge milestone this year has been breaking into the States.

 I’m also so excited that people are loving the voice (branding) of Rue Stiic and they see the voice through my designs. It’s been amazing hearing the beautiful feedback from my stockists and customers who happily have more than 1 piece of RS in their wardrobe.

 


How many years did it take for your idea to hit reality and start becoming a reality?

About 2 years of non stop, hard work.

Before creating your brand did you work for another label?
Out of Uni, I worked with Hourglass Cosmetics based in Venice Beach, California. I was the first intern hired and grew within the business to gain the Sales/Production/Product Development Coordinator position. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I have since put all my knowledge I gained at that position towards building my own brand, but in the fashion industry.


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Who’s your inspiration/ fashion designers who you look up to?
Tom Ford, Yves St Laurent, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Acne, while at the same time guys brands: Brixton, Critical Slide Society, and Deus Ex Machina


And lastly, any advice to people who want to get into the industry!
Don’t be scared and don’t think anything is impossible. Put yourself out there, take risks, and do what you need to do to make your path and vision a reality.

Thank you to Jillian Beed xx
All pictures are from the collection motel del mar

http://ruestiic.com/

University Apparel

University Apparel

University Apparel By LeBlondeFox “This is a direct and unedited transcript from a recorded interview” It’s every fashion grads dream to create and launch their very own fashion label. These two passionate fashionista’s did just that, but without a fashion degree. … Continue reading