Our interview with The Boston Day Book
Posted: Apr 27 2017
I recently sat down with The Boston Day Book, "a curated guide to life in Boston, written by sisters Laura Chassaigne and Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman" and spilled on all my favorite local spots, talked ethical manufacturing, and explained what a typical day looks like for a small fashion brand!
See the full post on The Boston Day Book here, or read an excerpt below.
Tell us a little bit about La Fille Colette. How did you start? What is your background?
La Fille Colette is a collection of dresses that is ethically and locally-made in Massachusetts. I started the company after deciding to pursue my basically life-long dream of being a fashion designer. Specifically, I wanted to make dresses that are versatile, really easy to wear, but not basic or boring. Our dresses are fun, attention-grabbers, but they’re also really comfortable, so that balance was very important to me.
My background is in fine art. I’ve studied painting, drawing, and art history throughout my education, and believe that all the visual arts can inform and play off each other in interesting ways. Fashion has always been a love of mine and started as a hobby. When I was 16 I started designing and making my own dresses for all the major events I had coming up, and I just fell in love with the process.
We love that your dresses are made in the USA. How important was that to you?
Once I got serious about starting La Fille Colette, and researching the fashion industry in general, it became apparent to me just how harmful the industry is to the people behind it as well as the planet. The US certainly isn’t perfect when it comes to labor and environmental practices, but I made the decision that I wanted our apparel production to happen as locally and ethically as possible. Manufacturing an hour and a half away from where I live means that I can visit our production facility often, communicate with them easily, and really see for myself how things are run. It’s also important to me to contribute to the revitalization and re-shoring of the garment industry in America, which at one point was a huge source of employment.
And a few quick questions about favorites in Boston:
Restaurant: The Beehive (we actually had our most recent photo shoot there!)
Neighborhood: South End
Cafe: Sound Bites in Somerville, a holdover from my Tufts days.
Clothing store: Too many! I love the vibe of the boutiques on Charles Street, and also anywhere that has unexpected vintage finds.
Place to walk: Anywhere along the Charles
To grab a drink with a friend: Saloon in Davis Square
For a special night out: Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge – it’s the best place for a girls night!