Hi there! My name is Meg Staley. I’ve been working in the fashion industry for over 40 years. In 1986, my husband, Jerry Gretzinger, and I began collaborating on unique wearable art which we manufactured under the names of Staley/Gretzinger, Mad Lab and Bread. Our clothing has been carried by over 200 specialty stores in the USA, including many marquee names, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.
When our company finally closed in 2008, I knew I wanted to continue to make clothes and home goods, but I resolved to be inspired by every part of the process: designing, printing, dying, cutting, stitching and embellishing each piece, one at a time. I started shopping thrift stores again, picking out vintage pieces with some intrinsic interest that I knew I could reinvent, following my instincts and allowing the the garment to tell me where it had been and where it wanted to go. I buy pieces of fabric that speak to me, bits of embroidery, printed scarves, old dresses, skirts. Often I dye and print fabrics and garments to make them my own and then combine everything into new pieces that I love.
Right now I’m totally into UNAPOLOGETIC COLOR. Like an addict, I need happy colors around me to lift me up. On the flip side, with pinched bank accounts hovering in the back corners of our brains, I know each piece has got to work with a basic bottom already in your closet; hence my tendency to accent with black, white or neutral. My shapes are all loose and easy, one-size-fits-most, with a relaxed, informal lifestyle in mind. If you are stressed out, put on one of my tops and feel the tension start to slip away.
Care for my clothes is also easy: Machine or hand wash, cold water, gentle cycle. Tumble dry, low heat.
My clothes are carried at a handful of wonderful stores around the country, including Kaye Louise in Boca Raton, FL; All Ducked Out in Duck, NC; The Better Half in Florham Park, NJ; Ruth Conklin Gallery in Glen Arbor, MI. and through ArttoWearhouse.com. I live on our farm in Leelanau County, MI, one of the prettiest places in the US. I’m no longer interested in BIG, FAST, FASTER. I’m 63 years old and I want to savor each day. I’m blessed to be able to make SLOW clothes for women who are thoughtful, creative and autonomous. Thank you for helping me celebrate my individuality, by celebrating yours!