Tuesday, November 7, 2017

interview with kathy & mira from lloyd clothing

How did you both come up with the idea for Lloyd Clothing?

The name LLOYD comes from a mutual friend of mine and Mira's. His last name is Lloyd. He was responsible for introducing us and for persuading us to start making things together. In the beginning, it was more of a hobby. We would meet up once a week in the evening to make things. After working together for a while + receiving positive feedback on the pieces that we were making, we decided to take it one step further and try selling our items, and so LLOYD was created.

Can you describe the products you have created and how they are different from what is currently available in the marketplace?

We make basics or at least we strive to make basic pieces in fabrics that are come from natural fibres (i.e. cotton, linen, rayon, silk). We do not think that our items are unique in style - most all of the silhouettes or patterns that we use come from common clothing items, such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. The difference, from what's currently available out there and what we make, is more so in small details, like the fabric, colour, or sewing quality. Oh! I am forgetting an essential part. The other very important different is the how the items are made! We make almost everything ourselves, and we source our materials locally. If we have an item manufactured outside our studio, it is very important to us that we are able to visit the manufacturer. Knowing who is making our pieces and what the workplace is like is a top priority for us.

What areas of the business do each of you individually enjoy the most? 

Designing/making things! Though we both enjoy many of the processes involved in running a small business and manufacturing items, we agree that designing new items is the best. 

What has been the hardest thing about running your business?

With just the two of us running and (for the most part) making everything, we are starting to find it hard to find time to design new things (our favourite part).

What design elements make an ideal piece of clothing for each of you? 

Silhouette, comfort, and care (care must be as easy as possible).

What are your long-term goals for the company?

We basically just want to get to a point where LLOYD is supporting both itself and us. We are not looking to have a super big company that makes thousands of pieces. We much prefer to have a small operation with strong, controlled, work. 

What piece from your collection is your personal favorite to wear? 

Probably the Linen Sun Dress. It has such a lovely shape, and keep you so cool on warm days. But, the Linen T-shirt is a close second or maybe the Factory Coat ... I guess it depends on the season.  

Do you have anything exciting coming up that you would like to share with our readers?

We are currently working on getting a new, very cool space in Vancouver. The new space will, hopefully, offer some interesting creations and events. It will also give anyone in Vancouver the option of seeing and trying on our collections in person. Fingers crossed that is all works out!


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