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Meet Brooks Luby

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooks Luby. 

Hi Brooks, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
As a child, I was always interested in high fashion. To this day I have pursued that dream. For over 45 years I have dressed women of all shapes and sizes. Now as I age and become even wiser, I am focusing on interesting one-of-a-kind pieces made from vintage fabrics. I mix the old with the new to create a modern take on women’s clothing. I no longer am working by the rules that I have learned over the years as they don’t serve me. I come from deep within my heart and my hands to come up with things that I never knew I could create. This journey has me engaged more than ever. I have loosened up my creative spirit to do things differently and people are responding to this sustainable way of utilizing textiles with the intention of passing them down so as not end up in the landfill. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being an artist/designer is never easy especially if your end goal is to forge ahead and need the funds to do so. It always is beneficial to be able to sell what you produce to help to continue on your path. With covid as a new restriction, I have found a different way of expressing myself. It is freeing and has found a new path to explore. Exploration is challenging and rewarding at the same time. I am utilizing my deadstock fabrics and antique pieces that have been gifted to me in creating new forms. If needed I will stitch together larger pieces of textiles to create yardage that is then translated into a free-form patchwork-inspired garment. We are calling it the Attic Gem Collection inspired from the Art of Japanese Draping. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My goal is to make garments that show my authentic style, cut, and design applications that no one else creates. It’s about my intuition and knowledge of design lines, form, and structure. I love to create garments that speak to my inner voice which includes decorating fabrics with different sorts of surface design. It can be appliques, hand painting, 3-dimensional forms which integrates an interesting shape that I have draped and sewn as a one-of-a-kind piece. I am most proud of draping garments that don’t require an end pattern, that speaks on its own and relates to a multigenerational community of people. If I decide to reproduce that concept, I begin anew with no pattern, just draping as I go. There are pieces that do require a pattern which are translated into wearables that make use of the same antique textiles that I am currently enthusiastic about. 

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
With covid at the forefront, I find it very easy to reach out to whomever you look up to and ask for their advice, request an interview, or any other form of communication you prefer. Everyone is so willing to share, it’s time to take advantage of the situation. 

Pricing:

  • one of kind pieces begin at $300
  • Customized pieces $1,000+

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Image Credits:

Hardy Klahold
Shel Francis Creative
EJ Carr
Fred Langer

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