Susan Leung: Patternmaker for Brevity
"Who made my clothes?" It's such a simple question, but the answer has major implications for people around the world. What an honor it is to be able to know the names and faces of the people that make our clothes. I interviewed the founder of Brevity and reviewed the Do Anything Jacket recently. Now I'm beyond thrilled to introduce you to Susan, a patternmaker with CLO Apparel in San Fransisco. CLO Apparel partners with Brevity to make their high quality jackets in a responsible way.
Can you share a little bit about your personal background?
It took me over 10 years of college before finding my passion! I have a degree in both graphic design and advertising. After getting those degrees, I decided to pursue a certificate in apparel design. Turns out the certificate has shaped my career.
What is your job description?
I am a Freelance Patternmaker and have been contracting in-house as a Product Developer for the past few months.
Describe a typical day in your life...
When I was freelancing full-time, I would spend my days in client meetings and the evenings in the studio working on patterns, no day was ever the same.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be running a business doing creative work that can help others succeed in the fashion business.
When you aren't working, what sort of things do you enjoy doing?
Right now I am casually learning Mandarin every Sunday. A very useful Chinese dialect in the fashion industry. It forces me to take a day off to recharge and has been fun meeting new friends while doing so.
How has your time working with Brevity impacted you?
I admire how Brevity has taken the time to find their brand identity. If was fun to see how the brand has evolved. I love their focus on supporting women-owned businesses and their dedication to quality and slow fashion.
Have you noticed any major shifts in the fashion industry with the rise of awareness over ethical fashion?
I believe in the movement of consumers buying better and buying less. There's still an opportunity for the world to transform into a better place and improve overall labor conditions and sustainable practices.
What's something you wish more people knew about the San Fransisco Bay area?
The Bay Area has so many local boutique shops worth discovering.
What's one thing you would like to say to the world?
Care and share, it will spread.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Be persistent with what you are trying to achieve and take well-deserved breaks.