“United Fashion has already taken me to different places that I would never have visited.”
Faulhaber products was founded in 2017 by Melanie Faulhaber. The label focuses on leather goods with a unique and timeless design. Faulhaber was one of the United Fashion designers during Fashion weekend Skopje and 48H Maisons de Mode Lille in 2019. As a fashion designer, she shares her experiences and outcomes from her participation to United fashion.
When and why did you start your own label?
We started in spring 2017. I worked for different fashion labels that time and had been searching for a way out of the seasonal fashion rythm and its fast pace. I felt the need to move on to more durable and sustainable products with more impact. At that time I made bags and accessories just for myself in my spare time. But little by little I made the first bags for my friends and then I was lucky that a store owner became a fan of my bags and started to sell them. So the label was founded and since then it has been constantly developed and professionalized.
What is the DNA of your label?
We create companions for everyday life. Products from vegetable tanned leather. We focus on belts, bags and gloves. We want to create the most durable, sustainable and ethical products that can be passed on to the next generation with a clear conscience.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from big city life, but also from nature impressions while traveling or working. Most inspiring for me is to bring everyday life and nature together and transform it to reality. I’m used to have a very big creative output and often work on different projects at the same time. On the other side I am very demanding and perfectionist. From the first idea to the final version in the shop can take a year. This deceleration should also be reflected in my products.
What do you consider the biggest challenge the fashion industry is facing today?
The biggest challenge for the fashion industrie is to bring back the trust and good willing to the consumers. In our mind this trust should be based on transparency and a human friendly, fair and ecological supply chain. We fear the price fights after this crisis. But we will not give up to show, that fashion and accessories can be good, that products can be a great impact for life and fashion can make you feel better.
How are you involved with United Fashion?
United Fashion has already taken me to different places that I would never have visited without this networking and engagement. And I would never have met the people at these places. United Fashion brings the various international scenes together and networks the players involved. The resulting exchange of knowledge and best practice methods is unique and pushes me forward.
How did you experience your participation?
It was a great experience and a great spirit during the different events. All participants were happy to share their knowledge and experiences, which gave me a lot of support.
What resulted from your participation to United Fashion?
We got a better insight in international fashion markets and industry. We had the chance to show our collections to international buyers and built new partnerships.
What’s next? What are you currently working on?
We are currently working on some head pieces, a chair made of our production left over leather and to keep our business boat floating in this crazy times. Nowerdays we are not making money with retail and seeing a lot of stores struggling and at the same time we are concerned to loose our partners, who bring our ideas to life. As all of them are safe and healthy we are slowly prepairing for winter season. At the same time, we are keeping our eyes open and looking for new partnerships and alliances, especially in the retail sector.
Photographer: Celina Guhl