Join us this week on Wednesday, September 14th at SoCo between 2AM-5PM for a trunk show with designer and Austin local, Mallary Carroll of SBJ Austin! Shop an extended collection of ready-to-wear for Fall 2016! We sat down with Mallary to learn more about what inspires her collections and how SBJ came to be:
How did SBJ come to be?
I started with one style of dress that is still in the collection today! The best selling dress, The Ellen.
What is a typical day for you like?
I wouldn't say any day is typical.... I have 2 kids so I work whenever and wherever I can. As the fashion calendar flows so does the amount of work that needs to get done.
Where do you look for inspiration, who are you designing for?
I am inspired by real women. Women that have real bodies. I believe my line is ageless and timeless. I love to design pieces that can go from day to night and be washed in the washing machine. Easy!
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Clean, timeless, thoughtful.
What’s Next for SBJ?
This fall I am introducing cashmere sweaters made in Scotland. I started in this business as a buyer for a European cashmere store so when I wanted to do cashmere I wanted the best!
What’s your process?
The process is always different. Sometimes I start with fabrics or an inspirational print. Other times, it's as simple as, looking for what I'm missing in my wardrobe. What do I need to take the guess out of getting ready. It seems other women are looking for same thing!
Describe your workspace… or the factory that produces your pieces?
I have a light filled space where I work. Huge windows that pour in natural light. I love it.
What is your favorite piece of your collection, from any season?
This is so hard! It's always changing! Right now I would have to say the Stacey. I love this style because it's a dress and a jacket! The versatility makes me so happy. Also, it's one size so it can fit a size 0 to a 16. I did this piece for fall 2016 and all my stores bought it for their customers.
Meet the Mallary at at ByGeorge South Congress, shop new looks, and sip coctails provided by Salud! Bitters Co. this Wednesday from 2 to 5!