We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Foutch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Fait par Foutch (which means “made by” in French) was born to be a brand for people who appreciate sustainable slow fashion and one of a kind pieces. “Slow fashion” is a concept which describes the opposite of fast fashion. It advocates for manufacturing in respects to people, environment and animals. Everything is handmade and reworked from vintage and/or deadstock fabric. It’s giving a second life to old materials which stops the overproduction and waste of the fast fashion market. The designs are unique and timeless … in my opinion 😉 The corsets and pieces reworked from vintage are completely one of a kind — I usually only have enough fabric for one or two items… so once its gone, its gone forever. its unfortunate that its so limited but also beautiful in the sense that no one else will ever have your same garment.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Please tell us more about your art
I like to think of the one of a kind pieces as “wearable art”
The corsets in the first collection are reworked from vintage tapestries, pillows, draperies… etc.
I like to mix materials and add embroidery, beading, you name it..
It’s really fun!!!! It’s my little art project that you can then wear and style in a super cool way.
There is a second part to the website called “collection” that is made to order offering more sizes/quantities. These are the pieces made from deadstock fabric. It’s very limited the amount of fabric I have but there’s definitely more than just one available.
How did you get to where you are today professionally?
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Since I was young I’ve always loved fashion and styling. I remember in middle school I was too small to fit into any of the clothes I liked, but I would buy them anyway and then cut them up and sew random parts together so it would fit the way I liked. This sparked a passion for making clothes and being as creative as I wanted with it. It became my hobby. I never wanted to buy normal clothes again, I just wanted to make everything.
I then studied fashion design in undergrad and learned pattern making in Italy.
From there I moved to CA to work in the industry.
After working for corporate brands for a few years, I realized I really didn’t agree with the business model of these companies. Everything was overproduced, poorly made, and wasted. Designs were copied and unoriginal. It seemed as though everyone was just following the newest trends, and that’s so short lived. I wanted to produce high quality, sustainable garments with innovative and timeless designs. I believe in investing in clothes that you’ll have forever rather than purchasing fast fashion you will only have for a season. These are the core values of FPF.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ohhh my goodness – so many fun spots in LA!!! I live in Santa Monica and I’m a true loyal to the westside. I just recently went to a new brunch spot that just opened — Oasis by SWG. The owners of 41 Ocean and Sonoma Wine Garden opened this new spot. Amazing atmosphere and great food. Around 2pm they have a DJ and it gets super fun!
So we’d definitely start there on Saturday then head over to the beach and have a cute little day.
For dinner we’d probably hit Wabi on Rose for sushi and then Calabra (SM Proper Hotel restaurant) for after drinks. I love a good rooftop.
The hikes in LA are amazing so I would definitely take them to an early morning hike in Malibu on Sunday. The views are breathtaking and I feel you’re not getting the full California experience until you see it.
We’d then hit Melrose Trading post for some thrift shopping and vintage finds.
There’s some super cute matcha places and little cafes around there too.
To finish out, we’d probably hang with friends at a pool or chill at home and watch a movie.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would say all of my family and friends have supported me in doing this from the beginning. Every time I would make something my friends and family would encourage and push me to turn this hobby into a business. It’s always hard to believe in yourself and I truly don’t think I ever would’ve tried and put my stuff out there if it wasn’t for the constant support and encouragement from everyone around me. I’m very lucky and grateful to have such good people in my life.
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