The CultureHype Collective: Meet Julie McCullough
EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.
Julie McCullough, founder of The Pin Show, is a fashion connoisseur & entrepreneur woman about Dallas. McCullough is not only the fashion designer behind Folksie but she is also the founder of the Make + Made Studio in downtown Elmwood. The Michigan native studied Marketing & PR at Columbia College in Chicago before heading to Texas in hope to experience something new & different. If you need a creative, out-of-the-box event, she's your gal! Read more about her story here.
What is your favorite perk of being in the fashion business?
"I always say that because I make my own clothes, I get to invest all my money in shoes."
When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?
"When I first started working for myself I found pride in the endless work hours spent grinding away at the creative process. I am much older & wiser now & have discovered how important rejuvenation is for my creative output. For the past 6 years, I have built frequent travel into my life & it has made all the difference in my workflow."
How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in?
"I didn’t know at all this is what I wanted to do, it really just happened. In 2005 I opened Make, a modern sewing studio, mostly for classes. I guess I started creating clothing because of a natural progression & then creating clothing that mattered & spoke to women & our bodies. I still don’t know what I want to do, but right now, I am loving this!"
Who is your fashion icon?
"My fashion icons are all the slow fashion pioneers that are changing the way we view our makers & our supply chains and who are a part of the solution of mass consumer waste, by creating a product that lasts."
What is unique to you about living/working in Dallas?
"Dallas has really changed over the past 10 years. I moved here 16 years ago from Chicago on a whim & really fell in love with this city when I moved to Oak Cliff. When I first started The Pin Show in 2007, designers (& models) felt they had to move to New York or Los Angeles to continue their career in fashion, but now, you see them planting their roots here, opening beautiful studios, creating jobs & still selling nationwide. Dallas has really begun to open up to its creatives, & it’s pretty affordable to start a business & live here as well (which means more travel!)."
What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?
"To connect people with their clothes, help them feel absolutely incredible every time they get dressed & to have this work have a positive impact on every member of our team. Ok, & to run away to Tulum & sell dresses on the beach."
If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?
"Fleetwood Mac - 'Rumors'"
Who is your celebrity crush?
"I don’t really have celebrity crushes, but I sure do have a strong group of female friends (Marisa Dukowitz, Whitney Barlow, XXX ) that boss their lives & are total celebrities in my life. I crush on them pretty hard!"
What is your go-to karaoke song?
"'SOLD' by John Michael Montgomery...best sang with Erica Felicella at Barbara's Pavillion."
Photos courtesy of the Dallas Observer and Folksie.