A panache for flairs

A panache  for flairs
There isn’t a hard and fast recipe for finding one’s passion. Some might find it as toddlers, while others might need to take an expedition to realise what they truely love. Like most of us, falling in the latter category, is Mable Thomas, entrepreneur of ‘StyyleFairy’, a women’s clothing store. An IT graduate who worked in one of the highest earning posts in a MNC, she says, “I realised that there is no right time to pursue your passion and mine is stitching and designing. I had to make the time and there I was, quitting my decade old software job!”

But this decision did come with pros and cons. She had to face discouragement from her parents. But her husband was her helpmate and he encouraged her with her endeavours. Thus began Mabel’s new expedition into the fashion world and she has earned points with many clients for her innovative cuts and designs.

While she looks forward to taking part in Bangalore Fashion Week with her bridal collection, her strengths lie in Western women wear. “I have a huge client base for my Western wear which includes party wear, occasional evening wears and a fusion of ethnic and party wear,” she says. She started off as a self-taught designer, but her yearning to learn more in the field dragged her to join the post-graduation designing course at NIFT. Then there was no looking back. She sourced fabrics from the locals here, hired a small yet efficient team and her ideas flowed relentlessly with each paddle of her sewing machine.

“I use organic fabrics in most of my designs and source them from the locals here. But the fabrics vary with designs and patterns. There are times where I go to Mumbai to get the suitable fabrics for certain type of silhouettes,”  she explains. Her designs cater mostly to the middle-aged women. She explains, “I design clothes based on body types. Not everyone has an hourglass-shaped body. And they might not be in their best shape. So, through my designs, I make sure to highlight the required features and hence, the designs get the best out of each person.”

While her work will exclusively cater to the brides soon, she works on bridesmaid embellishments and designs kids’ wear on special request. “I started off designing kids’ wear but moved to the larger picture. There are clients who come up to me with special requests for their kids and I cater to such requests,” she says. The kids’ wear is mostly inspired by the fairy tales and animated movies, which give a princessy feel to those who adorn it.

“I take inspiration from Couture Fashion Week and some of the renowned designers like Ralph Lauren, Ritu Beri and Anita Dongre to name a few for my Western and ethnic wear. The global fashion week also influences my designs and I refer to the international colour forecast to keep up with the trending colours for the season,” she says. However, she has a soft corner for nature, pastel and earthy colours. With constant appreciation and encouragement from her clients, she hopes to take part in fashion shows and create a satisfactory position for her blazing passion.

For more details, visit her Facebook page ‘StyyleFairy’.

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