Renowned for making busy women feel good wherever they are and whatever they are doing, its easy to see why SPENCERLACY has developed a loyal following. Their use of luxurious materials – silk, lace, velvet, alpaca, merino and luxe knits – ensures the fabrication is sublimely soft to the touch, and reward the senses.
Established in August 2006, the directors of Melbourne-based women’s wholesaler Mission Brown noticed there was a gap in the market for beautiful seamless basics that were pretty enough to be seen and didn’t have to necessarily be hidden under a mountain of clothes. So the SPENCERLACY feminine collection of seamless camisoles, slips, leggings and spencers was born, designed with detail in mind and to flatter all shapes and sizes.
Over time, they slowly starting adding easy wear knits and luxe silk dresses to complement their seamless basis. These became so popular, they had to employee their current fashion designer, Belinda Abbott to evolve the SPENCERLACY brand into a timeless women’s wear collection.
We took five with the SPENCERLACY team to discuss their inspiration and driving influences; the story behind the name; and showing for the first time at Premiere boutique trade event from August 26-28 in the iconic Royal Exhibition Building.
Where do you source your inspiration? And how do they drive you and influence your design?
Our Design Inspiration changes season to season however for Summer 2012 we have taken our inspiration from glamorous old world colonial resorts such as Havana and St Tropez. (Please see attached Summer media release for more detail)
How do you transfer these inspirations into design? Talk us through your design process from drawing board to in-store/online?
We start with theme boards that relate to our current inspiration – we brainstorm colours, popular shapes and prints that defined that era of fashion and interpret these into modern day, thinking about the modern women and the versatility that she wants from her wardrobe.
Can you tell us the story behind the name?
We started brainstorming all words associated with the Spencer and Spencer Tracy’s name came up and we thought how about SPENCERLACY?!
You are about to showcase the brand at Premiere in August, why did you choose this event and what do you hope to gain?
We are very excited to show SPENCERLACY for the first time at Premiere this August. We chose this particular event because it is an exclusive edit of the best of women’s contemporary fashion within Australia. I particularly love showing at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton, it’s such an inspiring space which I know will only show SPENCERLACY off in its best light.
What’s in store for the future – where do you see the brand heading?
SPENCERLACY is versatile, effortless and luxe and the brand appeals to all women who appreciate style and quality whether they are 21 or 61 years of age. The success of our online store and our first ever Pop up store in Gertrude St Melbourne means that SPENCERLACY is becoming accessible to women all over Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
We now have stockists in the USA and we are looking forward to expanding into Europe and Asia sometime in the near future.