Seven Questions for Mono Lake's Molly Girard Coonan

We’ve said it before ad we’ll say it again: Fabricly is becoming to young designers what record labels are to unsigned artists: a haven to produce and make a profit. The e-commerce site launched in December with a goal to help young designers transform their ideas into full-blown fashion lines. First up on their roster? Molly Girard Coonan. The New Mexico native, who earned her degree in France and interned at Givenchy, has been tapped by the brand to create a collection which she’s named Mono Lake. Enamored by her line, full of fun fringed tees and athle-chic shorts and rompers, we tracked down Coonan for a quick chit chat....
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We’ve said it before ad we’ll say it again: Fabricly is becoming to young designers what record labels are to unsigned artists: a haven to produce and make a profit. The e-commerce site launched in December with a goal to help young designers transform their ideas into full-blown fashion lines. First up on their roster? Molly Girard Coonan. The New Mexico native, who earned her degree in France and interned at Givenchy, has been tapped by the brand to create a collection which she’s named Mono Lake. Enamored by her line, full of fun fringed tees and athle-chic shorts and rompers, we tracked down Coonan for a quick chit chat....
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We’ve said it before ad we’ll say it again: Fabricly is becoming to young designers what record labels are to unsigned artists: a haven to produce and make a profit. The e-commerce site launched in December with a goal to help young designers transform their ideas into full-blown fashion lines.

First up on their roster? Molly Girard Coonan.

The New Mexico native, who earned her degree in France and interned at Givenchy, has been tapped by the brand to create a collection which she’s named Mono Lake. Enamored by her line, full of fun fringed tees and athle-chic shorts and rompers, we tracked down Coonan for a quick chit chat....

What inspired you to become a designer? My grandfather was a huge influence on my decision to become a designer. [Coonan's grandfather was Alexander Girard, a textile designer who worked for Herman Miller, collaborating with designers like Charles and Ray Eames.]

Has Fabricly made this process any easier? Yes, they took care of all production and fittings, which takes so much stress away from young designers.

Mono Lake.... Interesting name. Is there anything behind it? When coming up with a name, once again I collaborated with Alice Barlow (of Fabricly), who was researching different ideas. [Barlow is one of the Fabricly founders, but she's also Coonan's best friend and the inspiration behind the name of Coonan's first fashion line: Barlow.] She found out about Mono Lake which reminded her of my obsession with the apocalypse. It's an actual lake in California.

What kind of girl were you thinking of as you designed this collection? A girl moving away from her tomboy look into a more sophisticated vibe.

Are you proud of it? Yes, and it even came together much faster than I thought it would.

What stands out to you about the process of working with Fabricly? It was such a smooth process. After submitting my tech packs, they took care of the rest and the collection looks great!!!

What's next for you? To continue designing collections that I believe in and finding interesting things to inspire me.

Fashionista co-hosted a launch party for Coonan's Mono Lake collection. Check out some images from the event below. And click here to win an adorable Mono Lake dress.