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Meet Bailey Neale of Untame Clothing in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bailey Neale.

Bailey, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I made my first pair of jeans in April of 2018. Before this, I had never really done anything creative or considered myself as an artist. I was inspired to make them while listening to music. I had just bought the jeans. I painted on them, drew on them and I learned how to embroider. A lot of people liked them, one thing led to another, and in September 2018 I officially started Untame Clothing. In the past year, I’ve begun to identify with myself as an artist and a creator. Up until this point, I have had so much fun working on commissioned pieces creating 1/1 garments for people. Going into the second year of Untame Clothing I have put a pause on commissions to create my first official collection.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been both smooth and difficult. I feel extremely blessed to have discovered this passion. It’s like once I tapped into my creativity my mind has been flooded with ideas. I look at the world differently and I am inspired in ways I have never been. Where it gets difficult is how I want to execute these ideas and finding time. For example, a pair of jeans covered in hand embroidery will take me 30-50 hours. I also make other pieces that don’t take nearly as long, but this is a one woman business. When I am working on commissions and working my day job I struggle to create some of my original ideas. I am also self-critical and constantly striving to be better and make better art than I did the day before. Regardless I love challenging myself and watching my work grow with me.

Please tell us about Untame Clothing.
I make art you can wear. Every garment I make is one of one, and I never make the same piece twice. I mostly work with denim, but I also customize shoes, hats, hoodies, and really any piece of clothing. I dye, distress, paint, and hand embroider to craft mixed media statement pieces. The majority of clothing I work on is thrifted/recycled. Fashion is an amazing way to express yourself. I know that when I wear an outfit I love I feel so confident and positive. It brings me joy knowing I can create clothing for others to wear that is completely unique to them and no one else will have. I’m proud to see how much my art and business have grown. It’s crazy and humbling to have complete strangers place orders with me, to have people purchase multiple pieces. When I made my first pair of jeans I didn’t dream of it turning into what I want to do for the rest of my life. A friend was wearing my pants at a concert and a complete stranger walked up to her and asked if she had on Untame. I have so far to go, but it’s things like that I’m proud of.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I’m not sure I would change anything. Untame Clothing is so young, and I really like how things have started out. It was such an organic beginning. The only thing I regret is not putting a website up sooner. I’m still running my business off of Instagram, although I’m in the process of creating a domain while I work on my first official collection.

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