Meet the Maker: Adina of Adina Monette

Tell us a little about your business – what is it you make?

So, I own a plus size fashion brand, Adina Monette. All of my pieces are handmade by myself and I currently make to order, to minimise fabric waste. I make dresses, skirts, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, joggers and trousers. 

How did you get started in your creative field?

I have always been into fashion since secondary school. From there I studied fashion & clothing at college, then got my undergrad in fashion retail management, then I went to work in the industry. However, I’ve always wanted to have my own brand!

Talk us through your creative process…

I always start with creating a few moodboards. This is generally what inspires me the most. I then narrow it down to a few key shapes or colours I like the most and then I start sketching out designs, then I’ll make a sample and either try that on someone or try it on myself. Once I’m happy with the sample, I’ll make a final sample which will be used for photoshoots etc. 

What sort of space do you work in?

I currently work from the summerhouse at the bottom of my garden! I converted it into a small studio space. It’s getting a little small now!

What are the values behind your business?

My brand values are – inclusivity, ethical & integrity.

Where do you find creative inspiration?

I watch a lot of fashion shows, read a lot of magazines and books which help to start that creative inspiration. Mostly I get my inspiration from peers and friends that I’ve worked in industry with. I think its so helpful to know creative people you can bounce ideas off, as everyone’s idea of creativity is so different. 

Are there themes that run through your work?

Yes! I try to make staple pieces of clothing that will last more than a season in your wardrobe. It’s better to have quality clothing than not. Also colour!

What do you love most about making?

I think I like just seeing a finished product that I’ve created. It feels like a sense of achievement in a strange way.  

Which piece of work are you most proud of?

This sounds silly but, I’m proud of everything. Reason being is that everything takes so much hard work and time. 

Describe your work in three words…

Handmade with love!

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