We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we work on and travel through and we pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging.
Originally, I didn't set out to create a clothing label. I simply couldn't find a pair of board shorts that fit. One memorable shopping trip with my Mum as a vulnerable 14-year-old resulted in many tears. Apparently, my bum and thighs were too big and waist too small. At the end of the day, my Mum announced we were going to make our own.
Actually, we never did make those board shorts, but she did show me how to make my first pair of pants. That was it, I was hooked! Then followed my teens in the late 90's, with many excellent pairs of un-hemmed flared pants which required safety pins to hold them up. Funky patchwork skirts cut from old sheets and tops with random bits of found objects lovingly sewn onto them.
Needless to say, as I got older my taste refined somewhat and I decided to give this sewing thing a real go. I never did any formal training but learned from experimentation and from books. My market stall soon followed and that's where the real education began. I began to see my clothing on every shape and size under the rainbow. So after a bit of tweaking here and adjusting there, Gwyllem designs became known for their seriously good fit.
I love the term slow fashion. This embodies the ethos of Gwyllem. I prefer not to follow fashion trends, but rather to think carefully about what is practical to wear and flattering to a woman's body. So you will find styles that remain for years with variations in colour and print. This way, when you find something you absolutely love, you will be able to find it again.
It gives me a real buzz to produce ethically in Australia. Certified organic cotton and other natural fabrics are a mainstay of the label. As well as using local people to cut and sew the garments.
We have several skilled makers in Melbourne and Sydney. As well as a superstar pattern maker on the Gold Coast who I am able to talk through designs and brainstorm the best finishes for each style.
Although I may no longer be sewing the garments myself, you can have full confidence that your Gwyllem clothes have come from a 100% ethical source. Supporting people working for themselves, doing the thing they love, right here in Australia!