The Brvtalist is pleased to present the Fall/Winter 2019 collection from Katie Gallagher. One of our favorite designers, few infuse tragic romance, black moods and underground music like Gallagher. From her striking collections to memorable runway shows, the brand has always embodied so much of what we’re interested in. Whether it be an independent ethos or inclusion of legendary bands.
Titled Ten Ten Ten, the latest collection also marks ten years of operating the label which is a massive milestone in today’s fashion climate. Ten also marks the completion of a cycle, and the realization of a new beginning. The garments retain Gallagher’s signature black palate while adorning with gold hardware and using inspiration from Shirley Eaton, the iconic figure from the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. In keeping with the them of new beginnings, Gallagher recently announced she will be relocating the label from her longtime home of New York City to Los Angeles.
To celebrate the new collection, the ten year milestone and relocation, we are thrilled to present a Q&A where we discuss it all with Ms. Gallagher herself. (see below)
The Brvtalist: Tell us about running the label for a decade. How have things changed and what has stayed the same?
Katie Gallagher: It has been hell. Running a fashion label and everything involved in the business of fashion is not easy at all and production is the worst part. All the fun, creative aspects like, designing, is never really what one gets to focus on completely which is where my passion lies. My dream is to one day be granted the opportunity to just design and thats it.
A lot of things have changed within our industry over the decade, especially the wholesale market and the crazy rise of fast fashion. It is very harmful for designers like me. The appreciation for craft is being diminished. My design concept has remained the same. I try to hold on to it. I focus on my craft and still handle everything personally such as designing, pattern making, fabric sourcing, cutting, sewing and finishing samples and more.
TB: The use of music has always been a central part of the label as well.
KG: Absolutely. However, for now Im not putting on traditional shows anymore due to the industry change(s) and I truly miss curating my soundtracks and collaborating with amazing musicians. Like when I did one with Haus Arafna. My shows were always known for the clothes of course but also the music! I always had some great soundtracks :)
TB: Why the move to Los Angeles and what can we expect from the label moving forward?
KG: I have been living on the east coast for my entire life...Pennsylvania then Providence then NYC for over a decade. The opportunity to venture out to Los Angeles arose and I left NYC. I don't know what it's going to be like or if Ill be back in NYC in a week. I've always dreamed of having all of my archives organized and hanging on racks by season so I can easily source pieces and stylists, etc. can too. I finally have the space to do it! I have a full studio space of my own within my house. Production of FW19 orders is underway and I will be starting the SS20 collection as soon as my studio is fully up and running. I plan to focus heavily on swimwear as I usually do for the SS seasons.
Thanks to Katie Gallagher for speaking with us and as always we urge you to support independent fashion. For more visit: https://www.katiegallagher.com/
Photography: Sune Rose Wagner
Creative Direction: Katie Gallagher
Styling: Jordyn Payne
Styling Assistant: Veronica Lee
Makeup: Floriane David for Makeup Forever
Hair: Robert Tochterman
Nails: Jonas Jonasson
Model: Pernilla Viktoria Fransander
Embellished Socks: Pan and The Dream x Katie Gallagher