The brand, in line with many changes fellow designers are making this year, has decided to put more emphasis on their "quality over quantity" ideal, making the decision to create just three collections each year.
"I think, a really important lesson right now, is to take time, to be conservative, to be considerate about the designing, about the cut, about the fit, to continue to focus on making the product durable and have longevity, rather than be disposable," McCall says, adding a newfound focus has been placed on "elevating the product more than ever," but while "not elevating the price point."
While the designer may have rediscovered the joy in creating, the past several months has not been without its hardships. "It's tough having to trim the team back, and it's hard, what you have to do to survive," she says. "But I think with that, even more than ever, it's time to slow down, the simple things are so important. Asking people how they're doing, connecting with people, remembering not to rush because you're more constructive if you're breathing and having a moment to just be considerate."
And even though designing will always be at the heart of what McCall does, even she understands that now, more than ever, is a time to think strategically as a businesswoman, or as she says, "making those decisions that can be financial wins."
"I like the saying of, how do you make diamonds? Under pressure," she explains. "It's hard work at the moment. It's really tough, but I pat me and the team on the back because we're working hard, but we're making some magic."
As for what the future of the fashion industry holds, McCall hopes we start to realise the effect it has on our world and use it as a means to make real, tangible change. "We know the effect the fashion industry has on the environment, and I think understanding that change can be one step at a time, I think that's really important, rather than not changing your footprint in the industry."
That mantra has trickled down to everything the Alice McCALL label does, with more environmentally friendly and sustainable practices being introduced wherever possible.
"From this season, we've gone into 100% biodegradable packaging, which is really important, as well as looking at making more environmental choices with the fabrics we're using, whether they're natural fabrics or they're recycled polyesters, just ensuring that there's that component in what I'm developing," she added.
"It feels like we're in the right direction and we'll continue to focus on making those changes."
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