St. George fashion designer overcomes adversity and finds success with her handmade designs – St George News
ST. GEORGE-A local fashion designer whose designs have been featured in fashion shows, magazines, music conferences and even New York’s Time Square, talks about overcoming adversity and finding her own success amid chaos.
Marie Nohr, whose fashion design experience spans more than 15 years, told St. George News she’s faced several challenges since making the decision to start a business to herself.
“I was in survival mode for many years, but I’m grateful that my family, friends and longtime supporters of my fashion designs never let me down,” Nohr said. “I’m grateful that I never gave up on myself.”
Nohr said she moved to Washington County eight years ago as an independent parent to be closer to her family during a divorce. Shortly after the move, her son was diagnosed with autism.
At that time, she had to navigate several part-time jobs that would allow her to take her son, who was not eligible for daycare, to his multiple therapy appointments in addition to school obligations. She said amid the disarray, she began to endure health issues and even experienced blackouts while driving.
Nohr told St. George News that as a teenager, her original dream was to get her degree in fashion design, have a paid job designing, get married, have kids, and go to school. continue his life as a designer. She said when she had to start over with herself and her son, that future seemed out of reach.
“No, it didn’t happen overnight and there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that I put into and will continue to put into my dream life,” Nor said. “I’m grateful to be able to show my son that strength isn’t perfect.”
Nohr said she originally started her own fashion design business as a side job to her full-time designer jobs in California. She has worked for several fashion companies, doing everything from design to technical design. She has been featured in several fashion magazines in New York and Los Angeles and has worked for major brands such as Rue 21.
Nohr said when the pandemic hit, most of the part-time jobs she was working at the time quickly disappeared. That’s when she decided to start making her own fashion face masks on Etsy and was shocked at how quickly the business took off.
“I started my own business because I wanted to be able to create my own form templates from start to finish,” Nohr said. “I make my own patterns, my own creations, my own cuts. What I love most about my business is that I’m the artist. I design clothes and bring art back into fashion.
When she first introduced Marie Nohr’s designs to Washinton County, she specialized in custom maternity designs, including dresses and shirts for nursing mothers under the fashion label “MaLux “. She’s since expanded her available designs to include everything from shirts, dresses, skirts and more under the transitional new label “Marie Nohr Designs.”
Nohr pointed out the amount of material waste she has seen throughout her design career. She said that as designs are cut out of fabric and materials, especially in mass production, all scrap scraps are discarded. She didn’t want her business to add to the growing problem of designer waste. That’s why she chose to use leftover fabrics to design scrunchies, headbands, gainers and more.
Nohr also said the fabrics and designs in its product line are unique and limited in quantity. She said she has what she calls a “dealer” in Los Angeles, who sends her pictures of all the fabrics he receives and that once she cuts them for the designs, she is unable to get more. She added that while she was doing it identifies herself as a seamstress, she is also a designer, which means that she does not do alterations on other people’s products. She provides custom modifications to her own designs.
To see Marie Nohr’s creations available for purchase, visit her Etsy shop or come and see her at Tuacahn Saturday Market.
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