Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.
With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and activewear.
Now, McCartney has shared that she is determined to pass on her ethos to the next generation and is a great advocate of scouring charity and vintage stores for great buys.
“I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t chuck stuff away,” the 47-year-old, who is the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney and late photographer Linda McCartney, reflected in a chat for Porter magazine. “And it sounds silly, but I didn’t have a huge amount of money as a kid. My mum and dad were really clever; I went to a comprehensive (school) and I wasn’t given a load of cash, so I would go to vintage and second-hand shops and markets to buy clothes. I think that’s kind of the future, and I would encourage kids to rent clothes and buy second-hand because you don’t have to always go for that quick fix. It’s way more exciting and cooler.”
McCartney, who confirmed she has signed a new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering, earlier this week, also spoke about some of her celebrity clients, such as Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
And she is certain the secret to her success is creating garments that fit well and give women confidence.
“I try everything on because the tiny details make all the difference. If a pant is sitting on my waist rather than my hips, I feel like a completely different woman; I hold myself completely differently if I’m wearing a heel or a sneaker. It all makes me feel like I tap into different parts of my personality and being a woman,” she added.
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