Today we’d like to introduce you to Xavia Schmidt.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I feel like whatever I say here isn’t going to express what I want to express. I guess the best part of the story, it is that each one of my pieces has its own story. I started out making things for myself, then I started making things for other people too. I try to work exclusively with vintage or second-hand materials. I love dyeing and reworking old materials into new designs. I don’t reproduce most things if I do, they are limited.
Has it been a smooth road?
I think the most difficult part about choosing recycled/vintage materials is finding all of the pieces for the project. It can take months, or sometimes years to find the perfect mix of materials to make the design I have in mind. So a lot of it is just collecting and curating textures and color mixes. Sometimes dyes don’t take quite as expected, so you just have to redesign the idea or wait until the right materials come along. Any sort of mass production is certainly an issue when you are using vintage materials. You really only have so much, everything is one of a kind or a limited run. Honestly, I think that’s the best part. The most difficult thing was realizing was how much time it really takes to create a brand. In a world of fast fashion, I think people are now used to seeing more than just seasonal fashion, it’s constant. I’m all about the creative process, some of my pieces can take weeks to complete. I would say my pieces border on fantastical, so I don’t have a year-round market. It really has been a learning experience, but even the experiments that turn out to be total failures were valuable.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Discerpo. Necto. Decrepitus – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I wouldn’t say it sets me apart so much anymore because “up-cycling” is a big thing, which makes me happy in so many ways. The whole reason I started making art out of found objects or thrifted treasures is because it gives those objects a second life. It keeps things that are still useful out of the garbage. I create things to be enjoyed, not to be thrown away. I would hope each piece I create is seen as a wearable sculpture and the wearer truly enjoys wearing it.
If you had to start over, what would you have done differently?
But there are so many… Maybe the lesson is, never stop learning.
- Ready to wear $25-200
- Costumes/Couture $200+
- Website: xavia.tv
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- Instagram: @xaviaspretties
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