>Someday I’ll be a real photographer and know how to capture the beautiful nuances of light and shade in our barn. Henry, my lighting genius son, will set me up with the appropriate gear to capture this atmosphere. ‘Til then, I’ll have to fake it. I often get an idea for a mini-group of pieces based on a pile of fabrics and garments that look pretty together. After cutting out the parts for the garments, I print them flat on the table, one by one. Loved the way these printed parts formed a sort of plaid with the slant of lights coming through the barn siding.
>It’s the eve of my trip to visit my sister, Lynn, at her new home outside of Collevecchio, Italy. She designed my new logo, Meg Staley Handmade, and in return she asked me to design tee shirts for friends in Trequanda. These came out well, I think. Double clamp dye, with roller printing and screen printing on top of that. Now, if only my brain would retrieve some of that Italian I learned years ago in college!
Hi there! My name is Meg Staley. I’ve been working in the fashion industry for almost 40 years. 25 years ago, 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 last year, 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 eash 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 each piece 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 business is completely word of mouth, off the grid, and that’s the way I want to keep it. I’m no longer interested in BIG, FAST, FASTER. I’m now over 60 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!