Another designer challenging the industry model with a slower, more thoughtful approach is Rachel Mills. “I’m extremely passionate about the actual making that goes into a garment,” she explains. “I want more everyday people to be aware of just how much time, effort, skill and care this takes.”
Rachel’s polished, functional and versatile pieces are created locally from deadstock and organic fabrics, and a key aim for the label is to help customers better understand the ethical and environmental issues involved with mainstream garment production.
This educational ethos took a literal turn last year when Rachel ran a series of wellattended patternmaking and sewing classes, and aspiring designers will be pleased to know she’s looking to “grow that into an even bigger project” in 2018.
With a conscious approach to the making process, Rachel Mills turns deadstock and organic fabrics into functional, wearable pieces.