“I do think of myself when I’m designing,” confesses 23-year-old fashion wunderkind Abbey Glass, who first fell in love with sewing at age 10, when her grandmother showed her how to tame an old-school Singer. “I’m down-to-earth, but I love beautiful things.”
Not long after this fateful tutorial, Glass found herself in stitches, crafting her own wrap skirts, purses (which she sold at Bill Hallman) and prom dresses. Honing her craft at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, and Rhode Island School of Design, she graduated to stints at Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. But it was her showing at the Supima Design Competition runway show—a coming-out that captured her unique styling and flair for dyed fabrics and contemporary construction—at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2012 that thrust her into the spotlight.
Now, back in Atlanta and freelance designing for Sid Mashburn, Glass has been steadily working from her Atlantic Station studio on her next big project: the launch of her inaugural commercial line. Simply dubbed Abbey Glass, expect a ’70s-inspired collection that brims with oversized, tailored jackets, woven tops and easy dresses, crafted from materials like cotton-stretch velvet, Parisian brocades and tweed. “I’ve thought about this for a long time—starting my own line is a huge investment, but I’ve been getting good feedback from women wanting to wear my clothes,” (cue Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, who wore the orange dress seen here!), says the emerging tastemaker. “I think I have a very grounded style that’s not boring—it’s a nice intermediary between my mom’s generation and my generation.”
It’s also completely and utterly covetable. Tentatively scheduled for an April launch, Glass’ fall/winter 2013 line, tailor-made for “adventurous, classic, confident and smart women,” will be available through her website (abigailglass.com). And look for her anticipated collab with famed San Francisco artist Tobias Tovera in a line of printed silk dresses later this spring. “It’s going to be so amazing!” she enthuses. It kind of already is. @abbeymglass