In conversation with Designer and Philanthropist Riley Uggla, founder of Riley Studio - a brand that offers gender-free core wardrobe staples with a positive impact, made from organic waste materials. Riley Studio is at the forefront of ethically made and sourced garments, where style, function and sustainability all run hand in hand.
How did you get into the world of fashion?
I did many internships throughout my teens in different sectors across the fashion industry. I was surrounded by an industry revolved around constant consumption. Riley Studio came to life because I believe that people are tired of consuming for consuming's sake, people want timeless pieces that are not beholden to trends and seasons.
What is one goal you are determined to achieve in your lifetime?
To build a brand that outlasts me. One that creates products with timeless attributes which will continue to grow long after I am gone!
What makes you laugh no matter what?
My son! He has me in constant hysterics!
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity for me means looking at things from different angles. We can be inspired by the world around us, no matter how small. At Riley Studio we look at how we can inspire timeless dressing for everyone looking at their wardrobe from different angles.
Best advice for your 19 year old self?
Everything happens for a reason. Just go with the flow! Mistakes aren't setbacks, they are just a natural part of your journey to growth and success.
What is your most treasured fashion possession?
I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to possessions as I believe that all purchases should be looked after and treasured. There is nothing like my mother’s wardrobe from the 80s, she passed down a vintage Prada military style jacket to me which I will forever cherish and pass down to my kids one day!
Trend you would like to see disappear forever?
Probably micro mini bags that serve no purpose!!
What does success look like to you?
Building a company that does good, educates and gives back.
What three goals do you wish to achieve with your brand?
Educate people on the truth about the fashion industry.
Inspire people to change their consumer behaviours and focus on mindful consumption.
Continue to innovate in everything we do.
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