Founder Focus Friday with Bridie: Luxe Rebel Leather Co.

I have followed Bridie for a long time now and just love watching the progress she has made over the last few years both in her business but also in her craft. Her work is impeccable, she is a true artist.

With creativity and chic style at its core, Luxe Rebel Leather Co. is an established, custom clothing &accessories brand dedicated to curating handmade leather pieces which will be adored for years to come.

Each garment is designed to effortlessly enhance your wardrobe & bring out the badass luxe rebel in you.

With years of self-taught experience, working on a range of bespoke garments from wedding dresses to custom leather jackets – Founder, Bridie is passionate about finding her customer’s unique styles & igniting their confidence by working closely together to develop a piece that personally speaks to them, in a way that nothing else in the current fast-fashion industry could.

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Bridie and I own Luxe Rebel Leather Co an established, custom clothing & accessories brand dedicated to curating handmade leather pieces which will be adored for years to come

Why did you decide to set up your business/work in the fashion industry?

I wanted to make people feel good and comfortable in the clothes they wear. I personally hate clothes shopping and I got sick of clothing not fitting properly on the high street. It can have such a negative impact on our minds (it did for mine) also the pressure to look, dress and be the same it just boring. Everybody is different and everyone has their own personality. After making a dress for someone and seeing their face light up having something made ignited this passion in me to do this for others. Clothing is and art form and should be made to make you feel good.

What drew you to this field?

Ever since I was young, I was always draping fabric around everything, drawing cool dresses on my kick-ass fashion wheel and even cutting holes in the middle of the fabric to make something! (Sorry mum!)  I even got the award at primary school – most likely to be a fashion designer so I guess other people saw it before me! I always admired my mum and grandma making clothes and every opportunity I got to help I would, so my passion for fashion started young.

What has been the biggest challenge either when setting up your business/since setting up your business/working in your industry?

Imposter syndrome, I struggled with this for many years thinking I wasn’t good enough or my work wasn’t good enough. It’s so easy to get stuck in that mindset to which I have worked hard on to re-focus. Also learning to work with different types of leather, it’s been a learning curve for sure.

What motivates you?

My clients and knowing I can make them feel good in a custom fitted piece that represents their personality. I put so much care and attention into every piece so for that to be acknowledged and loved is amazing.

Who do you admire within your industry or as a business role model?

It would have to be the late Vivienne Westwood, I’m not a huge fan of some areas of the fashion industry but she always seemed to stay grounded, true to herself and her work.

How do you deal with stress and big challenges?

Remembering to breathe!

Running a business is such a rollercoaster and putting pressure on yourself to get everything done is not worth it, there will always be a to do list you’ve just got to prioritise and break it down. I like to get up in a morning and have some time for myself to journal and tap on anything that feels overwhelming or stressful, get it out before I start the day, I also find exercise helps me de stress. If all else fails a good scream into a pillow always helps ha-ha

What is the hardest and easiest part of your job?

The hardest part is to not spiral into comparing and thinking no one likes my work – which can happen haha.

Easiest part is the making and creating.

What skills have you found vital to your job?

My extensive years of sewing and pattern cutting come in handy… I have a very good eye for colour which helps when deciding colours with my clients, if something is off or doesn’t match it bugs me. I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to perfection. I’m also good at listening to my clients interests and picking out certain things they talk about which helps me when I come to design their custom piece.

How do you manage your time?

I’m a Capricorn so I’m the queen of organisation haha, you’ll find lists everywhere – I find that planning my week on Sunday helps, making each day manageable and not overwhelming.

With my custom orders they can be at all different stages so I’m usually working on several at the same time but I make sure I write everything down so I where I am with them

It also helps that my phone’s notifications are turned off all the time and is basically on do not disturb constantly haha sorry if I don’t message you back because this is why but it helps me focus especially when sewing

My one piece of advice would be to set boundaries you are still a person and have a life at the end of the day and you deserve that.

What are your goals for your brand/career?

To have an army of Luxe Rebels rocking their custom leathers 🙂 

I’m working/manifesting on getting a bigger studio- I love the idea of having little sections like the fitting area, shop area, relaxing area where my clients can sit before their fittings. A luxe Rebel experience 

I’d also love to be involved in making some cool pieces for a film or tv, the costume side has always fascinated me, it looks so fun there is so much more to clothing than just designers. History is where it’s at!

What does success look like to you?

Seeing the smile on my clients face when they put their custom piece on for the first time.

How does your culture/background influence/benefit your work?

My grandma taught me to ‘dress to impress yourself every day’ which always stayed in the back of my mind and I used this powerful message as the main ethos of my business.

What would your advice be to those wanting to start their own brand/have a career in your industry?

Don’t wait till it’s perfect because it never will be, just do it!

What’s your proudest achievement in your career so far?

Honestly every jacket I make I am proud of and feel grateful of the support, knowing someone is walking around in something that I’ve made is still mind-blowing.

What do you think I’d be most surprised to find out about you?

I went to stage school as I originally wanted to be an actress but I ended up just loving the dancing and if I wasn’t in fashion, I would have loved to have been a dancer

What would be your personal tagline?

A Luxe Rebel stitch witch

Unlock a fashion/ your industry secret for me

I never actually worked in the industry I just went straight for it with my biz after uni (well after a short break travelling)

If you have the passion and the determination you can start your own brand today. There is no right or wrong way to work in fashion.

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