Designed in Australia and ethically handmade in Vietnam, Clothed by Sabella provides a gorgeous range of bump and breastfeeding garments designed to bring joy to all mums. They are passionate about empowering women whatever stage they are at and they consider ethical production a non-negotiable, ensuring their seamstresses in Vietnam are provided with a safe working environment and paid an above living wage. Founder Laura Harrison understands what a special journey motherhood is and feels privileged to dress women during this significant time in their lives. Here she talks to The Natural Parent Magazine about the inspiration behind Clothed by Sabella, their biggest breakthrough, and her hopes and dreams for the future.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
I truly felt like I lost myself when I was pregnant with our son Jojo. I couldn’t find anything nice to wear, let alone garments that were consciously made. So, out of frustration, I put my kankles up in the Australian summer and started designing!
The launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
I launched with the Eden dress initially. They are gorgeous linen dresses with a discreet feeding zip. I have gone on to another collection now, called ‘Sabella Simples’, which has lovely tees made from bamboo and coffee plant fibre. We also introduced a T-shirt dress made from 100% recycled cotton jersey.
The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?
Finding my supplier, TTK Collective, would be my greatest achievement. The owners are based in Noosa, Queensland and have a beautiful team of seamstresses in Vietnam. I refused to produce unless it was both ethical and environmental, and the girls at TTK just nail it! They use only 100% recycled fabric (aka deadstock) and pay their seamstresses above award rates. I wouldn’t have a business if it wasn’t for them!
Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
Oh it can be tricky (we have another business as well) that’s for sure, but I try to be intentional. If I am not working, then I give my son my all and am totally present. Likewise, if I am working on my business, I give my all to that too. Nap times are definitely a lifesaver to recharge – I am hoping Jojo doesn’t drop it anytime soon!!