Designer Spotlight : Maegan Stracy

Maegan Stracy is a multimedia artist and fashion designer interested in the intersection  between of one-of-a-kind garments and contemporary art. Stracy’s work ranges from installation-based pieces to wearable garments.  Her work capitalizes on our desire to be tactile. Through material choices and investigations, Stracy creates pieces that appeal to us on a visceral level; they beg to be touched.

Here, Maegan talks to us at House of Coco

When did you launch the brand and what was the reason behind it?

I started developing garments in 2011 when I was an undergrad.  I have always been interested in fashion and garment design, but when I was in school I really started to see all the possibilities. I was so inspired by dyeing and surface design techniques that I just had to start turning the ideas I had into tangible things.

What’s your background?

I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with a background in Fiber & Art History, so the ideas behind my collections are based mostly in the texture and the visceral appeal of each garment. Coming from an art school perspective has definitely influenced the way I approach my brand, all garments are custom made, and it is important to me to connect individually with each customer.

How many people are involved in the company and what are their roles?

Currently it is just me, but I am searching for an intern!

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If you could start over with the business, would you do anything differently?

I have made a few bad decisions in the past by getting involved with shows or productions that weren’t really worthwhile.  Looking back on those instances now, they all kind of seem like a funny thing that happened once, or really weird learning experiences. You know it’s not going to be a good show when the bouncer tries to start a fight with your dad.

What is the hardest challenge you have faced since you started the company?

Definitely time!  I always wish I had more of it, since there are always a million things I want to accomplish!

Tell us one fact about you that people wouldn’t know?

My best friend and I used to be in a rap duo called Pocket Change.

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2015 is here, where do you plan on taking the brand?

Currently, I am working on garments that can be worn by men and women, pieces that are not specific to a certain gender.  I go back and forth all the time between being really excited about menswear one day and womenswear the next that it almost seems limiting to me to focus on one over the other.

To date, what has been the highlight since launching?

That’s a tough one, currently I am really excited about two projects I am working on; I am developing a few dancewear pieces for Elayna Lopez, an amazing dancer based out of New York City and I’m also working on a project with Sara Clarken a photographer based out of Richmond.  It is so inspiring to work be able to work with such talented ladies!

In future, how do you plan on expanding the company?

Eventually I would like to have my own storefront, but I am in no rush to get there now.

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Where can people find out more?

Shop and browse at maeganstracy.com & instagram.com/maeganstracy

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