Say hello to April Folan, the mastermind behind MAY68. The collections are small number and limited; Once the pieces are gone, they’re gone!
The style and design sensibilities of May68 are inspired by an imaginative laud to the past. Using upcycled fabrics whenever possible, keeping material waste at a low, and always manufacturing in Los Angeles.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
May68 was started in early 2016 with our first collection debuting in Winter 2016. It was started from my 3 biggest passions:
1) Beautiful, simple, classic designs that transcend trends.
2) My love of mid-century art, design, fashion and minimalism.
3) My passion for working with LA based manufactures and contractors to not only create local jobs, but to make quality, well made pieces.
WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE BRAND NAME?
The inspiration behind the name May68 comes from my incredible and very supportive husband Liam. May68 is his birth month / birth year and this clothing line is my love letter to him and all the inspiration he has brought into our lives.
This line would not exist if it was not for him and his loving support. He’s believed in me when in many times I hadn’t.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET STARTED?
The biggest hurdle of May68 so far has been getting our name out there and reaching potential customers. Customers who care and seek LA designed and made apparel.
I have nearly 10 years of experience in domestic production, so that aspect of May68 was fun and easy, promoting ourselves I knew would be my challenge.
The response for the line has been absolutely astonishing and we are surely finding our little niche among the hundreds of other clothing and apparel lines. We are very thankful for our customers and all their support!
WHAT WAS THAT “JUST DO IT” MOMENT FOR YOU TO GET STARTED?
My “Just do it” moment came in January 2016. The start of a new year I feel is a very contemplative and reflecting time of year for many people, I being one of them.
I have had the idea of May68 brewing in my mind for years now and finally decided to no longer make excuses and to take the plunge! Of course it is scary reaching out of your comfort zone but I am proud (and surprised) of taking that leap and starting on my dream.
it’s been a lot of fun and a great learning experience!