Friday, February 10, 2012

Designer profile: Molly Stackhouse

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

How would you describe your aesthetic?

It tends to be simple and edgy in a way, but ultimately, everything I do is really clean. I use a lot of geometric shapes. For spring, it was circles, but now there are triangles in there. I could do a million collections with circles. I try to think of unconventional ways to use shapes, things I haven’t seen before. Everything comes out sexy, but in a very sophisticated and understated way.

Do you have a particular type of woman in mind when you design?

I want to make clothes people want to wear; things I would wear. Some of the things I design are young looking, and some things could be worn by a wide range of ages. Some things can only be worn by super-skinny people; some things I could wear, and I am not super skinny. I want to do unconventional pieces that people can actually wear, and I feel like every piece is wearable.

You recently produced your first collection for sale in boutiques. What was that process like?

This is the first collection I have that is being produced. Designing a collection for a runway and designing one that needs to work for production and boutiques is very different. I have gotten a lot of feedback from the buyers, which has been really helpful. It's being carried in three stores right now - Angelique, The MIX in Mandeville and NK Boutique in Baton Rouge, and I hope to expand in the fall. Because it is low-volume right now, I can do special things for each boutique, for example, a specific color for a specific boutique.

Tell us about your background as a designer.

I graduated from (the fashion school at) LSU and I did a short internship with Seema Sudan (of Liamolly), and then I interned in New York with Friends with Benefits. I came back, did a couple shows and sort of tried to get my name out there and start marketing myself, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I delved into the custom business and realized I wanted to do ready-to-wear and sportswear, which doesn’t lend itself to custom. There's a huge market for custom because of debutants and Mardi Gras, but I want to make pants and separates. I knew the next step was production. I didn’t want to go overseas. I feel like it is just going to be better if things are made here. I had heard about Jolie & Elizabeth (being produced locally), and I figured if they can do it, I can do it.

Molly Stackhouse, the designer herself.
  • Molly Stackhouse, the designer herself.


Why do you use choose to produce your line in New Orleans?

It goes to support the city. (Resources are) not only staying in the country, they're staying in the city. That is important to people. The main reason I use local production is because you have the best control. You're dealing with people who speak the same language. I can sit and show them exactly how I sew my patterns. That is very important to me, and I think that shold be important to customers. You sacrifice quality and design and ingenuity with cheap clothing. The thing the customer can most outwardly see is that the quality will be better for sure. And it is just ethical.


For wholesale inquiries, email Molly Stackhouse at mesdress@gmail.com or call 975-8890.

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