Locally made, sustainable and handcrafted leather goods. Ahead of the launch of her brand Stuff by Glad, university student and leathercrafter Isabella McRae gave us an insight into her new label.
“I was inspired to start Stuff by Glad as an outlet for my own creativity and as an alternative to the fast-fashion accessory culture. I was encouraged a lot by those around me to start designing my own things, too.”
“I think my generation has pioneered a wonderful movement of brand-transparency, of knowing your maker, and of knowing where things come from and that ethos is the foundation for Glad,” says McRae.
McRae trained at Leatherworks Adelaide studio set up in Regent Arcade. Stuff By Glad’s inaugural collection focuses on the juxtaposition of bright colours with minimalist design. It features key, timeless pieces that wouldn’t be out of place in the 70s or modern day.
Each collection will have its own colourway, with an emphasis on functionality and versatility with the owner’s wardrobe.
It is a direct antithesis to the fast fashion, breakable synthetic materials that are churned out by chain stores en masse. McRae designs, sources materials, and sews each piece herself. Every item in the collection has countless hours attributed to the final product.
“So much goes into creating one piece before I even get to cut and sew: research, development, lots of sketches, pattern making (this bit is especially hard). There’s a lot of trial-and-error,” says McRae.
McRae uses vegetable-tanned leather for Stuff by Glad, a more durable and sustainable alternative.
“[It] not only has an amazing hand-feel, but produces less toxic waste than chrome-tanned leather. I don’t like the idea of creating something that’ll break in a year or two,” says McRae.
You can get your first taste of the collection at its launch Friday 23 August with Ivy House at The Commons Studio. The Young Street studio curates a collection of vintage, pre-loved and slow fashion, with an emphasis on quality goods.
Entry to the launch is free, with Maybe Mae and Africola onsite to provide to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger. There’ll be limited edition Glad X Ivy House tees available to purchase at the launch, check out the event here!
With plans to expand her collection with heavy denims and canvas, this is one designer to keep your eyes on.
Header by Lachlan McRae