Self-employed rebel tailor (coupeuse), Marie Glass offers alterations and custom clothes for EVERY body in Amsterdam.. Queer, trans, body positive. Alterations and custom clothes for EVERY body. That’s my little by-line, short and sweet. But what does that really mean? Here’s a little rundown of my personal philosophies around the daily necessity of getting dressed.
Like food, clothes are something we have to interact with every day. I think, in the way most of us seek to have a basic understanding of how to prepare a nutritious and tasty meal, adding good “ingredients” in your closet should be an accessible, approachable experience that makes the necessity of getting dressed an enjoyable part of your day.
I believe that folks of absolutely every imaginable size, proportion, origin and expression deserve to be included in the fashion world. Deserve to have options. Deserve to feel confident, take up space and be seen. That everyone’s contributions to sartorial culture are equally valid. I do my very best to create a welcoming environment where we will discuss your body, your shape, your wardrobe, your gender expression, your tribe and your style on your terms. I will help you express yourself fully and accurately. Fashion is of course filled with technical language, which long-term clients often pick up, but it’s in no way our expectation that anyone come into the space with a full sewing lexicon. Explain to me in your terms, with photos, sketches or samples, pop-culture and historical references what you’re looking for and through a series of questions, I will make it happen.
While I acknowledge the problematic nature of fast fashion, I believe that every step we take to change the nature of consumption is valuable. Having an item from a high-street shop tailored still slows the fashion cycle, reduces consumption and diverts waste from landfills by keeping it in your closet. Buying vintage is a great option too, and I’m an expert in textiles and sewing techniques from all eras. We are happy to discuss the pros and cons of options at different price points to find a tailoring solution that matches your valuation of the item to your closet. This has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of the item when you purchased it. Your item, no matter it’s origin will be treated with the same care and respect as beloved pieces from my own closet. At House of Glass, we understand portions of this experience might be intimidating at first. Talking to an expert without expert knowledge yourself, speaking frankly about your shape or desired expression with a stranger, and of course financial concerns. We want to assure you that House of Glass is a judgement free space on all of these fronts at least and will continue on a road of feedback and growth to break down any intrinsic biases we may have. We look forward to working with you!