As part of our brand, we like to recognize a wide range of influential and inspiring female entrepreneurs, designers and creators. For this profile, we interviewed Ally Deam, the designer and pattern maker at The Fabric Social.
Ally Deam is the designer and pattern maker at The Fabric Social, a conscious fashion label dedicated to supporting women in conflict affected communities. Its core social goal is to lift the burden of poverty from women and their families by enabling them to become more economically independent. By doing so, women in these communities are able to participate more freely in political life and represent their interests in the community.
Who in your industry do you admire- who has influenced you?
I look up to so many women in fashion who have the guts to share their creative vision exactly as they see it. In particular I have great respect and admiration for Vivienne Westwood and her uncompromising dedication to her creative and political views.
Where do you go/what do you do in order to do your most creative work?
Usually a quiet space , maybe a library or an art gallery. Someplace where there is space to think, but also something to absorb.
If you could recommend one book or documentary, what would it be?
Anything by Alice Munro . She has a way of expressing the world that will soothe any life crisis.
What trends in your industry excite you the most?
The ingenuity and creativity of practitioners trying to find more sustainable and ethical ways of producing and consuming fashion.
What are your essentials for a productive day?
Endless cups of tea, music or a good podcast , and the right pair of scissors within arms reach.
What was the best piece of advice you have been given?
To keep working through a project or idea even when it's a struggle. When you've perfected it, you'll know.
What is one product or service under $200 that you’ve found in the past year that has changed your life?
Netflix . And not necessarily for the better.