The Journey of a Dress – How A Designer Brings A Collection To Life
Before starting All The Wild Roses, founder Hang Osment-Le had a very different career as an insurance company finance manager. She was first inspired at just 19 years old to start the brand after making her first trip to her native Vietnam.
“All The Wild Roses is a way to pay it forward and share the opportunities I had with my extended family and the women in their community who work as seamstresses. I saw that they were capable of more but just did not have the access to opportunity and global markets, so I wanted to help them bridge that gap.”
When they started, Hang’s team could only make T-shirts and shorts, they have since expanded, learning by remaking vintage dresses Hang had collected.
“Without access to training and education we had to get creative about learning how to craft clothes and remaking vintage was our way to do it. The biggest challenge and the one that I am most proud of is that our team and I did not know anything about fashion, creating or designing, but we just learnt as we went along.”
With the launch of their beautiful new collection “Bohemia” (made from upcycled surplus fabric as well!) I caught up with Hang who shared with us what it takes to bring a dress to life, from idea through to a finished garment.