Fox in a Glove is known for its unique, colorful, made-to-measure womenswear. The British brand boasts being "made to measure, made to treasure" and wants to help you celebrate your body, not the number on a hanger. Here, Klaudia Trzcielinska, the designer behind it all talks humble beginnings, favorite materials, and London's underground clubbing scene.
How did you become involved in fashion design? I was working in an investment bank but my real love was clothes. I never took it seriously, though. I thought hey, every woman is obsessed with clothes. Then my husband bought me a sewing machine for my birthday. I had no idea how to use it and so I booked myself into a little sewing course off Brick Lane in East London. The moment I fell in love was when I first learned how to insert an invisible zip. I made a few colorful dresses for myself before my friends started asking me to make dresses for them. Now I had to get serious and so I took myself off to Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. I was a little daunted by their legendary status at first but they were great – I learned so much. I also realized that women do struggle to find clothes that fit their figures but don’t cost a bomb. So Fox in a Glove was born – made-to-measure, beautiful and fun garments but at friendly prices.
What materials do you most like to work with? I like to use unusual materials, or common materials but in an unusual way. For example, I recently created a 3-dimensional neckline out of a web of simple black elastic strips. The result is really eye-catching. Also comfortable and washable!
How does your geographical location influence your aesthetic? Immensely! London is a cavalcade of constant inspiration. You can get ideas for the next three seasons from one night at the Dalston Superstore.
What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? Creating affordable made-to-measure for a generation of women around the world. And I’m still involved in every stage of the process from the first pencil stroke to the last stitch.
What’s one thing people would never guess about you? I’m a good swimmer and a party animal. I’ve spent many nights of many years dancing through the London underground clubbing scene. Dance music carries me completely away. — FoxinaGlove.com
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