This 23-Year-Old Designer Is Having a Major Moment
Los Angeles is a current mecca for fashion's latest batch of up-and-comers, with new, young designers flocking to the city to begin their careers. Allie Teilz, 23, is among them: a punk-glam-rock-inspired DJ with more than 10 years of experience—yes, she started deejaying at 13 years old—who just launched her namesake line of women's and men's suits.
"The first time I wore a suit, it felt like I was putting on a superhero costume."
"I customized my own clothes for my DJ shows when I was younger, and the first time I wore a suit, it felt like I was putting on a superhero costume," Teilz tells us of the nexus of her new undertaking. "Music and fashion go so well together. Throughout history, the two have always inspired each other—Grace Jones on the cover of [her album] Nightclubbing in that Armani suit was such a peak moment in music and fashion. The more I deejayed, the more I saw that there wasn't really a place out there that was making the clothes I wanted—that's when I decided to pursue the suit collection and design them myself."
Her line, which comprises women's, men's, and agender suits, embodies what Teilz calls "daytime to disco" vibes: The idea that women can wear them to the workplace and then into the evening when dancing and celebrating are on the agenda.
"It's for the girl who's going to meetings at work then going to dance and have fun," she says. "I'm definitely trying to capture power and confidence and self-love. One of the main things I wanted to do through fashion was to redefine what it looks like to be a woman. There's something I've always found super liberating and powerful about wearing a women's suit."
"One of the main things I wanted to do through fashion was to redefine what it looks like to be a woman."
Her suits come in three fabrications (satin, viscose, and a '70s-inspired polyblend) and can be customized to fit your exact measurements. In Allie's world, there's no more of the ill-fitting suits so many women have experienced and been turned off by.
"Fit was always at the forefront of my mind—that was the big struggle for me trying to find a women's suit," Teilz recalls. "The main goals were designing a sizing system and ordering system where every body type could find something that accentuates their bodies. It's so important to me that any body type who wants to wear one of my suits feels sexy—there's nothing that matches the feeling of a well-fitted suit."
"There's something I've always found super liberating and powerful about wearing a women's suit."
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