Hey there, Pies! Ever wonder about the fabulous minds behind Mud Pie’s designs? Here’s a little slice about Mud Pie life – every single one of our brilliant creations comes right out of our headquarters in Atlanta. Yup, you heard right! The Mud Pie designers spend hours, days, even months creating fashion, baby and living!
We’re excited to kick-off a new blog series: Meet the Designer! First up, meet the eccentric Abby, Mud Pie’s talented bag and accessory designer.
Abby, tell us what exactly you do here at the Pie? I design bags and accessories! That involves:
1. Finding inspiration, and presenting it to our team creative director
2. Drawing pictures of design ideas based on the inspiration and how the styles need to fit into our line (example: our jute/cotton bags with leather accents did great last year, so we upped the ante and designed an additional canvas and leather bag collection this year! The hope is that the customer will love both collections so much they will want to buy all the pieces in each.)
3. Spec’ing out all the technical details for each design – things like dimensions of each detail, where stitch lines need to go, etc.
4. Reviewing samples when they come in, to make sure all my technical direction was followed!
5. Passing correct samples off to the catalog team to get them photographed for our catalog.
How long have you been here? Three years last month!
How did your passion for fashion ignite? I started sewing when I was eight years old. Throughout my childhood, I made a lot of my own clothes. I also absolutely fell in love with costume history and design. It felt like a natural progression to end up in Fashion Design.
Who inspires you? Oooh, that’s a tough one, so many great designers out there… I love Japanese designers; they have a very playful approach to design, and they often really think outside of the box. Rei Kawakubo (founder of Comme des Garҫons) is a fun source of inspiration, as well as Eiko Ishioka (costume designer who most recently design the costumes for “Mirror, Mirror”, the 2012 adaptation of the Snow White fairy tale. When she passed away a few years ago the creative world lost somebody awesome. L)
If you could meet any designer who would it be? Yohji Yamamoto. His perspective on design is really pure. Although my personal aesthetic diverges from his, I really love his approach to design.
How do you get your creative juices flowing? I actually love physically creating things, so often when I feel like my well of inspiration has run dry, I go home and start making things. I will sew a historical corset or pull out my charcoal and draw.
What culture do you want to experience fashion in? Probably Japan. Their street fashion scene is impressive (and sometimes a little crazy). So much creativity.
What is your go to accessory? My gold foiled python flats. I have bought the exact same pair multiple times, love them too much. I prefer to dress simply and wear serious gold shoes, haha.
Favorite timeless piece? Perfectly slim, pointed black flats. These have had an equivalent represented in almost every era of fashion during the past two hundred years.
Fun fall fashion tip? Layer neutrals! Absolutely loving winter creams and camel colors, in totally neutral ensembles.
Favorite Mud Pie fall piece? The Charlie Chambray Dress. Classic, comfortable, almost like the dress version of great jeans.
And a little extra…
1. I am from Michigan and I love it more than any place on earth. The white snow, and crystalline ice storms, and smell of woodsmoke in the winter. Better than anything.
2. I come from a BIG family (eight kids, no twins!) Pretty sure they have taught me more about life than anything I encountered after moving away.
3. Someday I would like to live in the Netherlands, or Germany, or Sweden. Maybe. Still working out how to engineer careers for myself AND my (accountant) husband, somewhere across the ocean.
Join us next month for another Meet the Designer!