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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 19, 2022

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Practice Studio: the workroom and store offering a sustainable fashion experience

Practice Studio: the workroom and store offering a sustainable fashion experience
Eliza Woods

Simply calling Practice Studio a boutique clothing store in the heart of Fortitude Valley really wouldn’t do it justice. The store not only offers customers a chance to browse and purchase pieces from emerging designers, it also doubles as a workroom where old clothes can be reimagined and custom creations can be made.

 

The Creative Issue sat down with owner and founder, Kat Walsh, to learn more about the store, the designers she works with, and her journey in sustainable fashion.

The Creative Issue: How did Practice Studio get started?

Kat Walsh: It was an idea I had in uni. After looking into fashion a bit more I did a sustainability unit and realised there were a whole array of negative impacts the industry was having on the planet and the people. I thought we kind of need a different system to manage that. So I dreamed this idea up.

TCI: Can you tell me about what makes Practice Studio such a unique experience?

KW: So out the front it’s a retail space and then out the back we have a studio set up. There are machines, a pattern making table, and I work out the back doing alterations and repairs on both new and well-loved clothes. So it’s just a different way of looking at fashion in a more holistic sense, it allows people to see the process behind the garments as well.

 

 

 

TCI: What sort of alteration work are people wanting when they come in store?

KW: So we have some people coming in just for hems and making things suit their body shape better, but then we also can turn a pair of pants into a jacket or if someone has something they love that’s beyond repair maybe we just use the fabric and make something else out of it completely.

TCI: What has been the response since you first opened in 2019?

KW: Continued growth and support. It’s been really exciting to see a little community form really naturally and organically, starting out with friends of the designers and just growing outwards to involve people interested in ethical manufacturing or sustainable textiles as well.

TCI: You sell a lot of pieces from local designers, can you tell me about that process for selecting designers?

KW: I really like to see innovation and I want to see people that are really passionate about what they do and are presenting things with a unique point of view; something you couldn’t get anywhere else. If it’s a more basic style… then it would be making sure there’s consideration of how it’s made and the textiles.

TCI: Do you think the local fashion industry is growing?

KW: Definitely, I’m so excited to feel like we have a place here and it’s contributing to the growth of the local industry. It’s really disheartening as a small, independent label starting up to not know that you have support or.. that people are going to see what you do.

TCI: At the moment what are your most popular pieces?

KW: We’ve got a label in from Melbourne, Par Moi, and she’s making beautiful necklaces with freshwater pearls so that’s going really well. Bulley Bulley is incredible, they’re a local duo and they’re making these corsets which are the trending item in Brisbane and that’s really cool to see that the really out there pieces are doing as well as the more basic, everyday wear pieces.

TCI: Do you see the industry as a whole moving in a more sustainable direction?

KW: Yes, which is really exciting to see and I think a lot of that is people talking more about what goes into fashion production. Social media has been probably a really good thing for fashion and sustainability because there’s more education and more people getting involved in the process.

TCI: So it’s definitely coming from customers being more conscious?

KW: Yeah I think so, because brands have to respond to that and even bigger labels have to meet the demands of what people are asking for. So it has to come from the ground up.

 

 

 

So, head to Practice studio on Ann St to check out the latest work from emerging designers and be sure to bring that old pair of jeans that you’ve been waiting years to revive.

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