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....
Fabricly, an e-commerce website that launched this past December, is to budding fashion designers what record labels are to music artists. Designers a
You could call 2010 the year of concept-driven online retailers. It seems like every other week, a new e-commerce site or social networking platform pops up on the interwebs. But if you thought every possible permutation of fashion/tech start-up had launched by now, think again. A new one called Fabricly soft launched last week and sure, some parts of it sound familiar--like selling only exclusives from a curated selection of emerging designers and adding editorial content (Of a Kind), allowing users to give feedback (Desquval and others), and being an overall platform to boost the careers of young designers who wouldn’t otherwise have the resources (FashionStake, Style Trek, and FarFetch). But Fabricly has one pretty major component that none of these other sites have: They provide start-to-finish support for emerging designers, including sample-making, sourcing, production, and if desired, additional wholesale assistance, all with the additional benefit of Fabricly's full marketing and public relations resources. And all at no cost to the designer.
The inspiration for Barlow ranges from Marshmallow Peeps to Saved by the Bell to the movie Tron. Only a couple of seasons old, Barlow is designed by Molly Girard Coonan. The granddaughter of iconic textile designer Alexander Girard and a protege of Cynthia Vincent, Coonan possesses the bloodlines and the training to be a very talented designer. She also just seems really cool. She does a great job of making clothes that are sexy yet tomboyish, girly but with an edge. For Fall '10, we are loving a brown leather jacket and skirt, the oversized jackets, velvet pants and a menswear shirt with cut-outs. For Holiday '10, we are really into an army green cargo vest, the not-too-frilly party dresses, and geometric paneling.