When I was a girl, hand-me-downs were a way of life. I remember watching my mother hand-sew clothes and adjust existing pieces so they could be passed down to one of my eight siblings or me—the idea of taking something and making the piece my own interested me from a young age.
Entering the professional world as a grown-up, I found it difficult to find high-quality yet accessibly priced clothing in classic cuts and vintage silhouettes. During my time in Shanghai, I began working with tailors to create my designs - and what started as a hobby expanded into making clothes for family and friends.
With the confidence my designs gave me and encouragement from the positive responses, I launched Gaâla along with my husband and a team of talented artisans.
Kelly de Gaalon