Designer Watch: Abbey Glass
You may have noticed a trend happening here on Mod City Mag’s fashion section. Charissa and I have made it our mission to bring to you not only the latest trends, how to wear them, etc. but to also constantly be presenting you with designers we feel are about to bring it to the next level. Keeping with that notion, I am bringing you my latest designer to keep an eye on in 2013, Abbey Glass.
Glass designs custom womenswear clothing who hales from Atlanta, Georgia. She works tirelessly to create designs that are traditional American romanticism collided with exotic contemporary modern edge. As you will see, Glass likes to mix luxury fabrics with digital prints and vintage textiles. I was able to sit down with the Southern fashion designer to discuss her fashions and what is in store for 2013.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background…
I grew up in Atlanta, the second of three daughters. There were always a lot of girls in my house, so naturally, a lot of clothes! Both of my parents are doctors, so I was always encouraged to pursue science. Growing up, school always came first. I was also a total jock, playing soccer, basketball, tennis, and volleyball, until I got injured in high school and started to do art.
Has fashion always been a love of yours?
I didn’t really know it, but I loved fashion at a very young age. When my family would go on long car trips, I would fill a whole sketch pad with drawings of clothes, and paper doll-like outfits I would put together. I never really thought anything of it at the time.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is about making yourself feel a certain way. When you put something on, whether it was your grandmothers, or it is brand new, constricting or loose fitting, it sets a mood. It is about creating the other half of yourself, which is the half you present to the world without words. Fashion is so important for self expression and signaling who you are to yourself and the people around you.
How long have you had your own line?
I am working on my first commercial collection as we speak! I showed in NYFW for the first time September 2012, and will be presenting my new collection sometime this Spring.
How would you describe your collections/designs?
My style is classic with a twist. I love using interesting fabrics, or making my own. I like to apply something very unique or unexpected to a wearable silhouette.
Who/what is your muse?
I am very inspired by nature and colors. I love exploring new places and trying to capture the feeling of that place in a collection. I am enamored with images of women from the 1960’s. I love the fashion and beauty from that era. There is something so interesting about their role2 as women and how they were expected to look.
Describe the type of girl who wears your clothes…
Confident, smart, classy, adventurous, romantic.
What does it mean to you to show your collection at New York Fashion Week?
Showing at New York Fashion Week was such an amazing experience for me. I have dreamt of showing there ever since I produced my own show in high school. It was amazing exposure to the fashion world, and gave me the confidence and motivation to keep following my dream to start my own line.
Will you be showing at NYFW in February?
No, I am preparing to show my new collection as a trunk show in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Connecticut before returning to NYC.
What is next for you?
I am very excited to announce that I am currently working on a collaborative collection with an artist from San Francisco named Tobias Tovera! I am in love with his paintings and can’t wait to get started!
What do you hope 2013 brings to you?
2013 is a very big year for me because I am starting my line. I hope it brings my brand good exposure to grow and lots of amazing ideas!
How would you describe your personal style?
I would say my style is two parts librarian, one part Audrey Hepburn, one part New York hipster.
Do you design for yourself? Do you wear your designs?
Yes, I always design for myself. I figure if I am excited to wear something, my customers will be too.
Are your designs available in any stores?
Not yet! You can order custom clothing from me at CustomMade.com, but my commercial line will not be in stores until later this year.
What do you think is the ‘it’ piece of the season?
This season, I definitely think it is the oversized coat. Something really cozy and easy to wear.
What is your favorite piece of clothing you own and why?
My favorite piece of clothing is my grandmother’s old fur coat. After she passed away, I redesigned the shape to suit me. Now it is a mix of her and me. I think of her and my mother every time I wear it. I will pass it down to my children or grandchildren.
In your opinion, what are the 5 essential pieces that every woman needs in her closet?
1. A perfectly tailored silk or cotton dress, something that is easy to wear, but looks polished
2. A great pair of dark washed jeans
3. A pleated skirt with interesting fabric details, something classic in silhouette that has some character.
4. A fitted black blazer.
5. Trench Coat