Lauren is the heart and soul behind Lauren Fowler Design. We are happy to be partnering with Lauren for this Makers Beside feature.
Moments captured by Rebecca of Love Made Visible.
What does slow fashion mean to you?
To me, slow fashion is a concept of taking time to appreciate and respect every part of the process. To take note of how many times a garment has passed through human hands. From the fabric being sourced right through to the sales assistant placing it on the hanger in the shop and finally onto your body.
How do you engage in this movement?
In my own business, I do everything myself. My drawings are all finished by me. I choose and buy the perfect paper stock, I collect from my printer, I package them all and I transport them to the shops where they'll finally end up in your home. All the businesses I use are local. I try to keep as much business in Cape Town as possible.
How would you describe your relationship with clothing / style?
I used to wear a lot of black. I've found myself wearing more colour lately and how its opened up new clothing options to me. Clothing is three things to me, functional, comfortable and reflective of my feelings that day. I often like to wear very plain clothing and then brighten it all up with colourful lipstick.
Has your attitude towards fashion changed over the years?
Yes. I used to be very fashion conscious. I didn't want to wear the same outfit twice. Ever. These days, I sometimes wear the same thing two days in a row. My body, like most people's bodies, has changed a lot through my 20s. I used to be the skinny girl but I'm not that shape anymore. I've been "blessed" with a large bust so, finding clothes to fit the top part of my body that aren't low cut is a challenge. I choose clothes more carefully and find clothes that fit me and reflect who I am, now. However, I did buy a gold sequinned mini skirt earlier this year. I plan to whip that one out at some point. I'm a sucker for full sequins. So shiny.
What is your personal uniform?
In winter, you'll find me in black boots, black jeans, white shirt and blue blazer. Always. In summer, loose shirts, loose trousers and Birkenstocks or white sneakers.
Do you have a favourite JS piece? and why?
The culottes are just amazing. Not a lot of designers make them. They're so classy and sophisticated.
Is there a garment that has had a special place in your life or is linked to a treasured moment?
I have a pair of black leather lace-up boots that I bought from a thrift shop in New York in 2011. I remember thinking that they were a bit expensive for me especially since I had only just arrived in the States and they were also second hand. My friend said that if I didn't get them, she would and then I bought them immediately. I'm so glad I did because they are now my everyday boots in winter and people always ask me where I bought them. I was once trying on some other shoes in a shop and someone picked them up and asked how much they were. Ha!