I sewed my first piece of clothing when I was 13 years old and instantly fell in love with the creation process and magic of designing.
While I was in high school I started my first business, sewing fabric belts, handbags and lounge pants that I would sell at local craft fairs. Following this ever-growing passion for apparel and design I pursued fashion on college as a Fiber Science and Apparel Design major at Cornell University. Upon graduating, I moved back to the Philadelphia area and got a job as a designer for BHLDN, the bridal brand within URBN Inc. (the parent company of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and more). After a few years at URBN designing for BHLDN, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, I left URBN in 2013 to attend the MBA program at Georgetown University. My passion for fashion matched with an interest in business, marketing and strategy.
Over the following years fast-fashion dominated the clothing industry & I found myself seeking unique pieces rather than mass-production. Upon discovering vintage, I was enamored with the hand details that make each garment special. Clothing made with these techniques was worth keeping for life, passing down as family heirlooms & treasured memories. This passion for vintage quality, detail & design inspired me to create Magill – a brand that crafts clothing & lifestyle goods inspired by vintage that will be loved now and for years to come.
Magill was officially launched in Spring 2019 and has continued to evolve throughout the following years. What started as primarily womenswear has grown to include gender-neutral clothing and kids clothing along with lifestyle decor items. Stay tuned to see where we expand to next!
-Emily (Magill Founder)