over & out
Fashion is an industry built on change. Innovators spark ideas, early adopters pick up what's relevant, trends ripple through and suddenly you're in - or you're out.
Change is expected - necessary - but not all change is constructive. The pace at which the industry has changed since I've been old enough to be aware of it is relentless. There's no one reason; advancements in technology, accessibility of information and global consumerism all play their parts amidst endless others, as we demand more and more for less and less. We all want to see what's next before we've seen what's new (to hell with time for true inspiration, experimentation, development, sampling, fitting), seasons and delivery schedules have been thrown to the wind, design has no time to be thoughtful...and it's starting to feel like the tail-chasing is catching up on itself.
In striving to keep up with the momentum of the industry I've drifted away from the parts that inspired me to join it in the first place - the creativity, problem solving, tactile processes - and with that realisation I'm making a change of my own, and walking away.
For five years the Harbour has been a place to share the adventure, but the next one happens off screen. Maties, thanks for joining me, I'll treasure what I learned along the way.
Value good design. Seek out those who do things properly. Buy less, choose well.
For creative enquires I can be reached via my portfolio www.clairemueller.com or Instagram @capnmueller.