Nothing can be more evident than Maggie Trever's excitement for her work

Her knitted pieces are bright yarn entwined to mirror her enthusiasm and passion for the fashion world. The exuberant colors speak volumes about this woman and her fabulous upbeat personality. Having just graduated from Fashion School a short while ago, she's making a name for herself in the industry.

Maggie works with an array of yarns and materials to compose her unique creations. How are her pieces unique? " My clothing/ accessories are unique because mainly for one I am a knitwear designer first before a fashion designer who learned how to blend the two to create my designs." I've fallen in love with her vintage inspired fingerless gloves. Quirky with the blended colors and detailed buttons; it's hard not to! Men take note, with Valentines Day right around the corner, this could be the perfect gift to warm your sweetheart from the cold Winter.


So what does a Knitwear designer  flourishing in the San Francisco art scene think? San Jose Fashion Week interviewed her just to find that out! 

When did you know you wanted to be in the fashion industry? I knew I wanted to be in the Fashion industry since I was a 10 year old girl. I always loved dressing up and once I got my first sewing machine I used to sew dresses with my friends, They never really turned out that great but were so much fun to do. We would use all kind a of materials to make outfits. I loved doing anything creative with my hands and once I grew up I learned how much I enjoyed designing and creating anything from nothing. I have used all kinda of odd materials and applied them to fashion. I got into knitwear because the idea of taking just fibers spun into yarn and making any pattern or shape was so appealing. The possibilities are pretty much endless and it excites me!

How long have you been in the industry? I was in school for a little over 5 years learning and designing and creating now that I have been out almost a year I have gone to do my own line. It including everything from knitted accessories such as fingerless gloves to more couture one of  kind dresses, jackets, and swim suits!

What is your role in the industry? My role in the Fashion industry is mainly a knitwear designer first then a wovens designer next.

What does fashion mean to you?  Fashion to me is my entire lifestyle, I eat, sleep and breath it. There is no greater time spent than when i am home creating. For me its the ultimate entertainment. I love what I do and I do what I love! yeah sometimes it does get hard working for yourself and just starting out but honestly I feel one day all the hard work will pay off. Just gotta keep working!

What is your inspiration? I am Inspired by so many different artist and designers before me but I really love vintage looking designs with an updated touch. I love the late 60's silhouettes and all the outrageous colors and textures.

Is there a theme or message in your clothing? Yes a theme in my clothing is to be ecollectic, unique and daring. I think it send that message by the details I apply with notions and other materials, the unusual paring of colors and textures.

What makes your clothing/accessories unique? My clothing/ accessories is unique because mainly for one I am a knitwear designer first before a fashion designer who learned how to blend the two to create my designs.

Your target demographic? My target demographic is a fashion forward women who like to wear unique clothing/ accessories  and appreciate unusual colors and styles ages early 20 to late 40's 

Are you Haute Couture or Ready To Wear? I think I am mixture of both, My designs take along time to create sometimes and are very self involved but then I have also learn how to simplify some designs in order to be more ready to wear everyday looks.

Where can readers buy your clothing?  As of right now I have a few small stores. I am also selling online with new upcoming website which can be reached thru my email for orders at

What are the materials you work with? I work with many different yarns, Fabric and trims and notions.

Color, patterns, hardware, etc.? I like to use bold and bright colors sometimes paired with earth tones and unique embellishments

What is your favorite piece/item you have ever done? My favorite piece I have ever done was a white and silver embroidered gown with a orange deep v blouse underneath. It took over a month to create but was so much fun! I collaborated with fashion/silk screen designer Diana Legoretta.

Quote that defines you in the business or personally. Passionate, excited and creative

What is your favorite fashion season? This is tough because i love both spring and fall I love the duality and different possibilities that come with both!

How do you feel the recession has affected the fashion industry, if it has at all? It has been really hard for alot of designers to find jobs, especially ones just graduating. but I believe its important to not give up and find other alternative and force you self to be creative and still survive doing your art!

What trend could you do without this year/season? I think there are alot of interesting and amazing trends this year

What trend do you love this year/season? I really love the use of patterns and bold colors for t he fall./ winter I think its very exciting and fun!

Most loved designer/brand? Missioni and  Sonia Rykiel

What is your most beloved fashion item (accessory, shoes, clothing)? My most beloved fashion accessory are my fingerless gloves with vintage buttons!

Do you market in the United States or internationally? If not, do you plan to do so? I market in only the United States but day I would love to market internationally

What is the most memorable/favorite moment in your fashion career/history? When I sold my first dress! And when the store called Paris  in Roayl Oak Michigan sold out of my gloves!



Fashion Writer Arriel Ginter
Images Magdalena Trever


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