Introducing Ezra October, a small fashion brand by self-taught costume designer and tailor Ezra himself. Mixing their love for historical clothing and fantasy costumes, Ezra handcrafts fantastical designs in comfortable and inclusive sizing for all. Join us today, as we chat with Ezra to learn more about his brand and what values are really important to them.
How did your brand begin?
I wanted more clothing that was sustainable, linen, wool, silk; things that felt luxurious to wear and guilt-free for the environment. I wanted a brand that paid the sewists what they were worth, not underpaid in sweatshops. So I started it myself because it is what I wished to see.
Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?
Genuine honesty so that our customers can feel guilt-free wearing clothing that is made for all, regardless of size, age, gender, or anything else arbitrary. We are an LGBTQ+-run business and adore supporting the community!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?
Art, music, and stories; a lot can inspire a good piece. I have a fondness for historical clothing, anything that is timeless to the human form.
How are your products made?
We start with a design, sketching it out broadly and making notes on sleeve length, hem, style, etc. The next step is drafting the pattern, draping it on mannequins, and altering it to fit what we need. We order the highest quality material from our suppliers and cut out the garment. Sewing the pieces together, making sure everything is secure and resistant to wear and tear. We put our tags in, package it lovingly, and it’s on its way.
Can you recall a particular moment with a client that will stay with you forever? Could be a funny horror story or a fond memory.
A client came in asking for a 1940’s style skirt and blazer combo. I found out she could be wearing it to political events, to talk with the mayor, and accompany her political-candidate husband to events and such. She wanted it to be beautifully fitted to her body type and give her the confidence she needed to face corrupt politicians.
When she came in for the final fitting, her eyes lit up with excitement as she had never seen herself like that. The confidence in which she strutted around the studio in her heels made her look like a military leader like she could tell the world to stop turning and it would. I’ll never forget that, and I hope all my clients feel like their highest self in my clothing.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear/use your designs?
Confidence in themselves. Comfort like their clothes are a second skin that represents them well, that makes them feel more themselves.
What music do you play in the studio whilst you’re working?
I adore powerfully soft music, like Hozier and Florence and the Machine. Both have this ability to make their music sound as if they come from another world, and that’s the sort of energy I try to infuse into my clothing.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Neil Gaiman gave a speech at Philadelphia’s University of Arts called “Make Good Art”, and I’ve followed his advice for years.
He said “Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be— (…) was a mountain. A distant mountain, my goal. And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be alright. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain.”
What are your go-to style tips?
Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident. Learn the rules so you can effectively break them. Don’t worry about what other people think about you. People will be drawn to your confidence before they notice how well you follow arbitrary rules in fashion.
What drew you to JewelStreet?
How much they cared. About their products, their sellers, and their customers. Their values align nicely with mine.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
Oh, wow, that’s a hard one… I’d have to say the Stargazer batwing top. It’s so adaptable for loungewear or party wear; it’s gorgeous even under a blazer. And it’s so comfortable to wear!
Which 3 books would you love to have on a desert island?
I’m a huge book nerd, I listen to audiobooks while I sew. My favourite of all time, one that I could read over and over again, is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. She has such a way of creating worlds that you feel like you could walk right into, with historical costumes that you can almost reach out and touch.
The second would be her other book, The Starless Sea. My third would be The Secret History, I could get lost in all those poetic words, despite how pretentious it might be.
Thank you for talking with us Ezra!