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Meet the makers.

Meet the makers.

We had a chat with Australian born Megan from OHSEVENDAYS to find out a little more about her and the driving force behind creating a sustainable capsule collection in Istanbul. Making everything to order, Megan tells us how she's been able to navigate through connecting with the local community to find the fabrics that stay true to the brands ethos and managing the expectations of the ‘need it now’ mentality of consumers and how thats finally starting to shift with awareness with the harmful effects of the fast fashion industry becoming more prevalent.

So, I feel like we can kind of guess where the name comes from but lets ask anyway, OHSEVENDAYS how did you come up with that?

The name OhSevenDays comes from our concept of building compact weekday collections and consisting of just 7 pieces, each piece representing each days of the week. The brand was conceived in Istanbul Turkey, and the word "Seven" means "One Who Loves" which we thought was too perfect not to use!

 

What was the driving force behind starting a label that hero’s sustainability and transparency?

I always wanted to create my own label, but I felt a tinge of guilt knowing deep down that the last thing the world needs is more clothing and more consumerist pressure. I thought the only way I could go forward with my plans would be use the label not only as a platform to create beautiful garments, but also as a place to promote ethical social ideas. That's why we've launched the section on our website, Discover Oh' - a section where we discuss sustainability, transparency, and stories on the women who inspire the brand.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge is when designing with sustainability in mind?

It was natural for us to develop a sustainable concept of using reclaimed fabrics. In the early days we were lucky enough to stumble across an amazing fabric supplier who was reselling small quantities sourced from large factory left overs. He had the best fabrics in town and it was there where our concept was born. The challenge has been to maintain the model throughout the growth of the brand. Consumers are still so used to on-demand clothing, but slowly the tide is turning and the concept of slow, ethical and unique clothing will ultimately prevail.

Can you tell us more about the sourcing and production of the collection?

We source our fabrics from a variety of small fabric resellers in the textile neighbourhood of Istanbul called Zeytinburnu. Fabric sourcing is never a dull experience because the it's always more about the personal interactions rather than a financial transactions. The day always starts with a black tea (Çay) and a discussion about family, business and the weather and finally followed by fabric browsing. Once we've selected all our fabrics, we bring them across the city to our workshop where our team of 4 tailors cut, stitch and package the final product. We have a hands on role in every step of souring and production which ensure we can offer full transparency to our customers.

 

What is your biggest hope for the future of the fashion industry for both consumers and retailers?

I really hope the fast fashion craze dies down. It's time to realise it's not only bad for the environment, but it's also not healthy for your wallet. Fast fashion just promotes frequent spending which quickly adds up. I hope shoppers and retailers will first and foremost respect the craftsmanship and story behind the garments!

What’s your favourite piece/outfit in the collection and why?

My personal favourite is the Monday Pleated Jumpsuit - I've been living in it. I can style it down for daytime and layer it over a t-shirt - and dress it up with heels for the evening. Mostly I like it because it's elasticated and it can expand when I've had a huge dinner!  

Can you tell us more about the sourcing and production of the collection?

We source our fabrics from a variety of small fabric resellers in the textile neighbourhood of Istanbul called Zeytinburnu. Fabric sourcing is never a dull experience because the it's always more about the personal interactions rather than a financial transactions. The day always starts with a black tea (Çay) and a discussion about family, business and the weather and finally followed by fabric browsing. Once we've selected all our fabrics, we bring them across the city to our workshop where our team of 4 tailors cut, stitch and package the final product. We have a hands on role in every step of souring and production which ensure we can offer full transparency to our customers.