Interview with Becky Atkin | Founder of Commotion Clothing
Meet the brand causing a commotion in the fashion industry with their ethical and affordable custom clothing options.
Commotion Clothing prides itself in being a slow fashion brand, fighting to produce clothes in an ethical way. As you can see from the picture above, Becky produces beautiful and unique clothing designs, but there is something that makes this brand truly special. Commotion is one of the few brands working to provide a custom order clothing option that lets the customer decide your fabrics and designs to create a custom outfit. Even better yet, these amazing clothing options are available at a price accessible to students.
Becky Atkin (Instagram: @beckyatkin_)
Contour Fashion at DMU.
I took part in Leicester fashion week 2019 with the Commotion brand. The organisation running the event reached out to me and I put together a 10 outfit collection. It was a really cool experience, my first experience of seeing clothes on a catwalk.
Why did you start your business?
I was 18, the summer between starting uni. All my friends are going out, and I’m starting a fashion degree. I had never sewed before, so I got a sewing machine and wanted some experience for uni. I started making clothes for me and my friends to go out, then got encouraged by friends and family to start an Instagram and it grew into a business.
Who is your mentor?
I don’t have one. Ideally, they would be someone with experience and passion - such as Megan Wyatt at Babydol clothing. She’s about 5 years ahead of me and absolutely smashing it.
What is the most important event in your working life?
Fashion week, it really changed my attitude towards Commotion, before it was a passion project, but as soon as an organisation contacted me as a business, it made me look at it as a business and gave me the determination to make it go somewhere.
Does money motivate you?
Yes to an extent. My main motivation is building a brand that my consumers and customers absolutely love and having a good relationship with them. A brand that they would recommend to their friends and seeing my customers in my clothes.
Which person do you admire the most?
Megan Wyatt, as mentioned before. Also Grace Beverley, the founder of Tala - sustainable sports and loungewear brand, taken the fashion industry by storm. Sustainable clothing is usually inaccessible because of high price points - hers are affordable and sustainable. Her mission inspires me.
What is your favourite TV Series?
Pose, right now.
What does leadership mean to you?
I think leadership is, the most important thing about it is motivating the people you are leading. Personally, if I have someone in a leading position, my main thing that I pay attention to is that they are encouraging and motivating.
How do you relax?
Pretty much being creative or socialising. I’ve always been creative and done it on the side, as well as now doing it in my business. I am also sociable - this is why I go for night out clothes because it's how I spend my time.
What advice would you give to yourself 5 years ago?
Have faith in myself. So many people at that age doubt themselves in so many elements of their lives - it's important to back yourself and have faith in yourself. Know that any hardship or struggle or mistake is an opportunity for learning and you'll be a better person for it.
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