This week, I had a little chat with lovely Megan Crosby, the incredible creative mind behind the brand “By Megan Crosby.” Megan is the queen of made to order, positive and colourful clothing – her brand has seen incredible success over the last year, and god does she deserve it! Megan chatted to me all about her work life and her inspiration – I hope you’ll love it!
So, I’m Megan, I’m 22 and I am the one-girl-band behind By Megan Crosby. I graduated from BA Hons in Fashion Design at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2018 and couldn’t decide where to go in my career. I tried my hand at being a stylist for a while, and whilst pursuing that, I was looking for sustainable brands that were actually colourful, fun and interesting (that weren’t like £££££). If you’ve ever seen my brand…. I’m not a minimal person, haha! So the existing market wasn’t for me, so, I decided to start my own brand. I now run a made-to-order whimsical fashion brand for girls who want to shop with positive impact 💓🌈✨
I ran a festival fashion brand when I was 14-17 (which was called Shop Genoa) and it really blew up on Instagram (pre-alogirthm days), so running a biz has always felt like it was in my bones from such a young age. I had a bit of a knack for it, so from that experience, when the opportunity to start a real brand post graduation came to me, I thought I’d go for it. To be honest, there was never a person or moment that made me think “I want to run my own biz” I’ve just sort of followed my gut and gone with it! But when I was trying my hand at being a stylist, I really was looking for sustainable fashion that could make a positive difference to the world, I saw a gap in the market and I went for it.
Going with my gut and what makes me feel good. When I first launched the brand in May 2019 my aesthetic was very, very different. I was making things I thought were ‘cool’, but I was in a different place in my life and I suppose the brand has grown with me over the last year to get to where it should be now. I now make sure I am making things that bring me joy and that I love. Not because I think other people will think they’re ‘cool’. I really study my customer and what I think will serve her best too.
I get up around 8, get dressed, come downstairs to the home studio and get cracking. I usually check my to-do list, cut out some orders, sew some orders, work on next season, marketing, socials… it totally depends on what I’ve got going on on any given day!
PUB. At the moment I am dying for the pub garden in the sunshine…..But I guess that’s just cos we’re in lock down….(maybe?!)! My perfect day off would probably be a lay in with sunshine coming through my shutters, go out for avacado brunch & coffee., then go to Southsea Common (which is a massive common near me – basically a massive field by the beach) and sunbathe, drink fruit ciders with friends…. go get more some more food, haha. Then probably go to the pub hahaha….
I loooooove the High Low with Pandora Sykes & Dolly Alderton. I always listen to that (they’ve just come back from a mat leave and have released a bunch of super long eps, so I’m in my element!) I also love Audible & listening to books as I never find time to read, even though I love to. I also listen to all sorts of music… I have some very varied playlists. From the Beatles, to Taylor Swift, to Fleetwood Mac to The 1975…. there’s a lot of random stuff in there but I love a good sing along.
God, who can say! Hopefully still doing what I’m doing, just keep growing! I’d love to have a small team 💗
I hope you loved my little sit down with Megan!
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