Phobe Dahl’s Faircloth + Supply transcends the boundaries of traditional design which is why we were so intrigued to learn more her and her company. Phoebe’s world travel informs her work and philosophy, and we look forward to seeing her bring her aesthetic and brand from the runway into the home.
What is your background and what inspired you to create Faircloth & Supply?
My background is in fashion design. I studied in San Francisco and London. I’ve been designing since I was a child, and have always been very conscious of colors, patterns and space. When I was little, I changed my room around probably once a week, always trying new things, painting my room different colors, moving furniture. I was a very creative kid, making art out of anything I could find, and when I discovered fabric at about age 7, my whole world changed. I spent all my time begging my mom to bring me to the fabric store, and would literally spend hours and hours there touching and discovering all the prints, color and textures. I was also an incredibly indecisive little girl, which probably drove my mom insane.
You have sourced products from all over the world. Is travel a big part of your inspiration?
Travel is an enormous part of my inspiration. It’s what feeds my soul. I find inspiration everywhere I go. I’m always taking photos and I notice every little detail. I walk so slowly when in new cities with my eyes up, taking everything in.
Where do you think fashion and interior design intersect? Do you think one’s brand carries into all aspects of their life?
One hundred percent. My interior design aesthetic is a direct mirror of my personal style along with my design aesthetic. I think if you’re a creative person and you have a distinctive style, it can be applied to anything and everything. It’s part of the blessing of being an artist, getting to watch your art transpire in various mediums. I recently worked on an interior design project in Mexico City, which was so much fun…definitely another passion of mine.
Who or what influenced your aesthetic as you were growing up? Does a particular room or person stand out as a great design inspiration or memory for you?
Well, my Grandmother lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico and owned this beautiful antique fabric store. When I was a little girl she was always teaching me about fabrics, even some that dated all the way back to the18th century. Her signature was to make these beautiful bias-cut nightgowns out of antique table linens. Watching her was so inspiring as a young girl.
Is there a current design trend that you think will endure?
I aim to make timeless pieces so that they endure all trends and fads.
In your personal style, do you follow the trends or opt for classics?
What is the one piece from your collection that you can’t live without?
Probably the Jordy pants, which are the perfect linen pant…or the T-shirts – I’m obsessed with the T-shirts. I got to make my perfect shirt, which is pretty cool considering I live in them.
Do you have a fantasy project?
I would love to create a hand weaving and block printing workshop in India, which would create jobs for the women in the community while simultaneously teaching more women a craft so that they can provide an income for themselves. This school would also host workshops for travelers from all over the world to come and learn a local and ancient skill. I would also love the opportunity to design a wedding dress for a princess or a queen somewhere in the world. I used to do couture and loved it but no longer have the time!
What are your favorite pieces on Previously Owned by a Gay Man and how would you use them in a project?
I went straight to your art section and found these gems! I’m obsessed!! I am so inspired by these color palettes and, of course, animals. I would love to do an all-over print on fabric inspired by watercolor and the shapes it makes naturally. It brings me back to being a little girl, staring at the clouds, trying to make animals out of the shapes.
I also love all your mid-century furniture and accessories! Anything leather, tweed, marble or brass – sign me up!!!