Meet The Face Behind

CHARLIE & GUS

A BRIKA maker story

Susan McGregor

"I am drawn to bright, bold, graphic designs and colors that make me smile."
“Every stitch is double, triple, and quadruple checked before sending it to its new home.”

“I have a very nostalgic streak and love prints that have a slight retro feel to them.”


“I can spend hours browsing fabric shops, I love how quiet and peaceful it is to be surrounded by beautiful textiles.”


“I have a very nostalgic streak and love prints that have a slight retro feel to them.”


Being a mother of just boys, Susan found that the only pants options for her two sons were either jeans or black/grey/navy leggings. And once in a while a pair of leggings with footballs on them. She wanted more! She wanted options! She wanted leggings that were bright, bold and fun. So she hauled out her sewing machine, bought some fabric, waited for nap time and made her first pair of baby leggings. Susan grew up with a mom who sewed all her clothes as a little girl, so it was no wonder that she, herself, would end up following in her moms footsteps. When Susan is not sewing, you can find her chasing her two little boys who are constantly going in opposite directions, sipping on a latte, or doodling her next fabric design.



Why is making handmade goods important to you?

First and foremost, I am drawn to the uniqueness of handmade goods.  I love that I am making apparel that my customers can’t find anywhere else. My clothes are cheeky, they have a personality, and I know it takes a certain type of person to purchase them.    

What’s the inspiration behind your design?

I only make clothes that I would put my children in. I secretly dress them like how I would like to dress myself. I am drawn to bright, bold, graphic designs and colors that make me smile.  I have a very nostalgic streak and love prints that have a slight retro feel to them. 

Walk me through your production/design process

My production/design process is ever changing, mainly because my hands can’t keep up with my brain.  I find fabric inspiration everywhere – a poster on the subway, a little sketch on a toy, the ice-cream truck driving past us at the park. I keep a notebook on me and I have an ongoing list of designs that I want to explore. My production/design process can be broken down into 3 areas: fabric design, patterns and sewing. 


“I see any setback as an opportunity to perfect my customer service skills.”
PRODUCTS BY CHARLIE & GUS
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