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Meet Haley Long of Trash Baeby in Boulder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haley Long.

Haley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My sewing interest first began from an early age after my grandmother taught me how to sew on her old Singer. From there, it did not take long for me to begin experimenting on my own. At first, I made super simple things like pillows and frilly pillow cases, rudimentary bags and such. Later I would begin to explore fashion and my aesthetic. I loved styling retro looks from my local thrift stores and having lived in such a small town in Alabama, the options for diverse styles were sorely limited. Thrift stores inspired me so much with their glimpses into past designs and styles. Construction, details and diverse fabrics became something of a love affair when it came to clothing.

Fast forward to December of 2018, and I found myself graduating college with a Bachelors of Fashion Design. My inspiration comes from the freedom this form of art allows me to have. Since my journey into fashion, I have had many opportunities to work with some amazing people and consequently, be a part of some amazing fashion shows. To date, I am preparing to launch my first official clothing and accessories brand, Trash Baeby. The future is something I look forward to and I hope to spread positivity, social awareness and in a way, a part of myself, through this brand.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Yes and no. As with all things we embark, there will be struggles and victories. For me, it was starting. We will always be our own worst critics and I find this especially true for artists of all mediums. It takes a lot of will power, motivation and self-encouragement to do something as daunting as putting your work out there to be criticized, let alone starting a business. However, once you are in motion, it becomes much easier to take on the unknown. My favorite struggle is troubleshooting a design. I love the challenge of creating a design and then being able to figure it out hands on, in real time. This is where I learn the most and feel most satisfied after pushing through. Although I will say, draping is my preferred way to begin troubleshooting my ideas.

Trash Baeby – – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Trash Baeby is about expressing ideas and emotions and through these, creating a connection with others. It’s edgy, loud and full of attitude that reflects, ultimately, myself. I hope to show others through my brand that it is OK to be confident in yourself, in your style, and most importantly, your own skin. Trash Baeby does not have a certain “look” but rather a certain “attitude” that goes beyond any physical limitation we may perceive. That is what Trash Baeby is the proudest.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
As with most, I certainly had help and without each and every person I stumbled into throughout this journey, I would not have made it even this far. So with that, a special thanks goes my amazing husband, mother, mother-in-law, best friend, and late Grandmother who has been crucial in encouraging me to follow my dreams and passion. The college I graduated from exposed me to some amazing artists who pushed me to do more than I ever thought was possible. Like making a dress out of real leaves. Denver’s Unique Week of Fashion and its founder, Jana Smith, have also shown me a tremendous amount of kindness and support, furthering my drive in this industry. Another person in particular is my former sewing teacher, Jade Winters, who still amazes me with her extensive knowledge of construction and design. Of course, there are many, many others who have inspired me along the way and I could not thank them all enough.

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Image Credit:
Denver’s Unique Week of Fashion
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

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