Parry didn’t just graduate from one of the world’s most prestigious fashion schools. Besides the usual pantheon of designers she shadowed, her resume also includes stints on the set of Memoirs of a Geisha and the retro-themed Gifford’s Circus. Occasionally, hints of her colorful past make unexpected cameos in her designs.
Parry’s resume includes stints on the set of Memoirs of a Geisha and the retro-themed Gifford’s Circus.
Before striking out on her own, Parry played an important role helping Earth Pledge compile its “Future Fashion” sustainable textile library. The knowledge she gleaned would prove invaluable in setting up a business with ethics at its fore—no easy feat in an industry dominated by low price points and even lower supply-chain standards. “Being a small business and not having the leverage with suppliers and factories,” she tells Ecouterre. “Also, not having the access to as many fabrics. In a way it can be limiting but it is definitely much more rewarding.”
For Parry, one of the advantages of staying small is her ability to establish personal relationships with her vendors and suppliers, including Panchachuli, an independent weaving cooperative in India that employs more than 800 women from 32 villages.
For Parry, one of the advantages of staying small is her ability to establish personal relationships with her vendors and suppliers.
Actual production takes place in New York City’s Garment District in a small atelier that has been in business for over 30 years. By overseeing everything from pattern-making to fitting herself—she accomplishes the latter with advice from leading apparel-fit company Alvanon—Parry is able to maintain control over quality while staying nimble enough to identify room for improvement.
The care she applies to her work even extends to her interns, who aren’t saddled with the usual administrative chores or coffee-running drudgery. “It’s important for people to be able to build their portfolio and do what they want, as well,” she says.