The one of Rebecca Wright it could be one of those success stories studied in business schools. Although she had been sewing all her life, she came to found her firm, Psychic Outlaw, almost by chance And in an organic way she grew to become the popular brand jackets patchwork and spirit cowboy what is today. Not only in the United States. Your shipments cross borders and your way of production, one hundred percent sustainable and made entirely by hand, it is the fantasy of any lover of fashion.
The pandemic came and, like many other companies, Rebecca was forced to close down: she had a large number of orders to fulfill but could not buy more materials to finish them. So the wit of the texan He not only saved the business from the crisis, but also made it grow. If he couldn’t buy the scraps of fabric he makes his pieces with, he thought,. I would ask clients for their own quilts to turn them into jackets. So it was. Fans of the brand began to mail their textiles for Rebecca to do magic. Now, although she has returned to making garments with scraps vintageIt is the system by which the customer provides the fabric that is working the most. There can be nothing else unique and exclusive to give him a Second life (and wearing) the bedspread of, for example, a grandmother. Because as Rebecca herself says: “I have always been a creator who wants to celebrate the history of previous creators ”.
When did your love for sewing start?
I started sewing as a child, making outfits for my dolls with a glue gun, needle and thread. I got into sewing more when I was 16 years old so I could fix my second hand clothes And then I got more into the world of fashion at 20, when I decided to make it my career. In college I studied Fibers and Textile Design and learned everything I needed to know to get sewing jobs and expand my skills and knowledge. Fashion has always been a hobby funny and a form of expression.
Why did you focus on the technique of patchwork?
I have always been drawn to it because I feel that randomness of patterns and colors suits my personality. Also because it is part of my childhood. My grandmother is a seamstress from patchworkHe always makes me clothes and blankets, so I already had a beautiful collection before I started making mine.
Have you always thought of having your own business?
Not really. My goal was to work for a great firm that I admired and thus learn the ins and outs. But Psychic Outlaw was meant to be my occupation.
So how did it come about?
I had a clothing store vintage and there I was introducing some of my handmade pieces. When I saw the demand for my items, I decided to put all my energy into the garments that I was creating.
Why did you choose the name Psychic Outlaw?
When i was selling clothes vintage I came across a label that said “Psycho Blue Outlaw” and it inspired me to choose my name. In my mind I am that mystical character that intertwines all these dreamy, unique and handmade items for my clients.
Do you sew everything yourself?
I have been sewing everything so far. When the pandemic started, I had just hired a couple of friends to help me. One to sew with me and one to run the office. They had to leave immediately because they had to stay in quarantine. It was very difficult because then I had already received many requests. I even thought about how they could help me from home and then I had to go back to Texas and leave Colorado. When I got home I started looking for help and have met a collective of 13 people Great to sew from home to help Psychic Outlaw work.
Where do you buy the scraps of fabrics with which you create your garments?
Most of the materials I work with clients send them to us by mail for us to transform it into a custom jacket. I also have a lot of friends who love to save, so I buy from them —when I have time I’ll take a trip to find fabrics — and I work with quilt online stores vintage to offer options to people who do not have to send us.
That the client can send his own fabric is a very exclusive service …
It’s actually something that it occurred to me out of desperation due to the pandemic. Suddenly I couldn’t buy anything and accumulated a large number of orders for jackets. So I decided to offer my services and to my surprise people have collaborated sending me your own quilts. It is a dream come true. It’s amazing what you can think of to get through tough times.
Not only do you turn bedspreads into jackets but you also make dresses with bandanas …
I was inspired by a dress from the 70s, with several patterned scarves, from my clothing collection vintage. I had started collecting several to make myself a kind of robe because I saw that Kapital was making kimonos out of kerchiefs. I always feel the need to discover textiles really special that I find in my “Junk hunts”.
In addition to jackets, Rebecca Wright makes dresses from patchwork vintage bandanas.
What inspires you the most when creating your clothes?
My main inspiration has always been myself. Simply I do things for myself and then people share my enthusiasm for unique textiles. I love objects vintage, the quirky ones, the found ones, and the ones made by yourself. I have always been a creator who wants celebrate the history of previous creators.
Your production method is completely ecological, do you think this model could be extended to the entire industry?
I think it is a trend that I see more and more people promoting. There are so many creative ways to reuse what we already have. I do not know if the whole industry, but there is more and more research on, for example, ecological fabrics, and if we continue to bet on a more sustainable future And even if we start to restrict certain levels of production, we can do it differently. Just spread the idea of making your own clothes and mend what you already have, as a trend, it is wonderful.
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