CREATORS: ONLY CHILD CLOTHING
Today I'm so happy to share another installment of my Creators series which focuses on one of my favorite brands, Only Child Clothing! The purpose of this series is to introduce you to brands that I have grown to love and admire and hopefully you end up loving them as much as I do :) Below you'll find a little intro to Only Child, photos from her FW'17 lookbook, an interview with designer/owner Haley and my favorite picks from her latest collection!
Only Child Clothing
I was first introduced to Only Child Clothing a little over a year ago. This brand was actually one of the first brands that opened me up to slow fashion. Haley makes all of her clothes by hand from deadstock, fabric that has been discarded usually by large manufacturers, or sustainable materials. Haley's designs focus on durability and versatility which is why I adore her pieces so much. They're super easy to mix and match and each one can easily become a workhorse in your closet.
Where did you draw your inspiration from for your FW17 collection?
A lot of my inspiration came from holes in my own closet. I've really limited my shopping so that I'm forced to create solutions instead of buying them. I wanted a lot of easy pieces that I could throw on in a hurry and know that I would still look pulled together.
From there I went in and added details to give the pieces a little more personality. This Fall and Winter I wanted a lot of long sleeve tops and dresses to pair with boots, but I didn't want them to be pieces you could just buy anywhere. At the same time, I was looking at a lot of work by artists I previously studied in school like Sol LeWitt and Harry Callahan. I found that I was continually drawn to linear elements and wanted to add that in to this collection in some way. You can see that influence in pieces like the Arden Top. At first glance it's a very basic, versatile long sleeve top but has a diamond shape at the arm. I like to make pieces that are simple enough for every day but have a unique quality about them, where even at a glance you know that you couldn't just walk into a mall and buy it.
Of all of your accomplishments, which are you the most proud of?
I'd have to say hiring my first employee, Natalie. She started out packing and shipping orders for me but now helps with so much, from styling to creating content and everything in between. It was a milestone not just because it meant my business was growing but it also helped me realize that letting go of some control is a good thing. It can be tempting as a small business owner to just handle everything yourself, letting someone in was something I knew I would need to do eventually but was so afraid of. I learned that asking for help isn't a weakness but more a moment of strength.
If you could go back in time to when you first started Only Child what advice would you give yourself?
Oh man, so many things. I would probably tell myself to not take everything so personally and to trust the process. With any business there can be a pretty steep learning curve that you don't take into account when you're just starting out. I used to call my mom with every little bump in the road and I would hear my dad in the background saying "why is she crying? This is business!". And he was right, there are ups and downs that you're sometimes not prepared for but that's just part of growing. I'm able to look at things more analytically now and notice if I've made the wrong fabric choice in the past or not perfected something before putting it out into the world. All of my mistakes have helped me learn and gotten me to a better place, without them I wouldn't feel as confident or assertive as I am today.
What motivates you?
Hearing from customers who say that they love something they bought. I feel like I always respond saying "this has made my day!" but it really is true! Wearing a good outfit can shift my whole mood, if I'm in something that I don't like it can make me feel off. Knowing that something that I have put out into the world has made someone feel good for even just a moment is what it's all about for me. That's part of why I love Instagram so much, I'm able to really connect with the people buying my pieces in a way that I wasn't expecting. It almost feels like talking to friends that I've known for ages at times.
What are three things that you couldn't live without?
My dog, Penny. Breakfast sandwiches. And my boyfriend, Geoff (even though he is currently driving me nuts saying I should tell you he's my "muse" for every collection haha!).
Who are some of your style icons?
Any mom in the 90's! What I love most about that era is how relaxed and even slightly modest things were but still somehow retained a little bit of a "come hither" vibe.
What is one goal that you have for Only Child?
My biggest goal is to work out of a small warehouse in Oakland that has plenty of light and a little space for a walk in shop at the front. I love this city so much and can't imagine working anywhere else. Being able to create more jobs here while doing something I love is the ultimate dream for me!
I'm swooning over this jacket. I'm so happy that Haley has carried over her Cardiff Jacket into fall/winter. I can see this piece easily working with a pair of mom jeans and tucked in tee or layered over a raw silk midi dress with some block heels.
Yay for more jumpsuits! Haley has recently introduced jumpsuits into her collections and it makes me so happy! I really love this one for it's slimming shape and slightly cropped hem line. This lovely would look great over a slim turtleneck or I would even take this look and add the Cardiff jacket in olive to it to add more fall earth tones.
I can see this shirt layering so easily under oversized crop tops or over slim midi dresses. I love the side slit detail which will help the shirt not get bunched up when you go to sit down. I also love the sleeve length and how they flare out ever so slightly.
Haley's latest collection can be found here! As always, thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great rest of your week!