Behind the seam
Hi, I’m Stephanie Willems! I am the founder of Stephastique. All designs are made and designed by me. My work is characterised by elegance, movement and a touch of punk. I find it important to make statements with my collections. I believe there is something unique and beautiful about every person.
In 2018 I received my BA graduating from Academie Artemis. During my studies I learned more and more about how the fashion industry is affecting the planet and the people working in the business. At first I felt guilty, what was the point of pursuing my dream career in fashion while it came at such great cost for the environment?
So, in 2019 I started my clothing label Stephastique, a brand that produces funky handmade and custom made clothing. Each piece is made with love and ethically produced by me in the Netherlands. Dedicated to taking positive action in the fashion industry. I only use sustainable garments, such as upcycled second-hand clothing and GOTS certified fabric. Every day I am working on finding the most sustainable solutions for my designs.
Since 2020 I am studying at Modevakschool Nationaal to become a fashion teacher and educate students on how to make and design clothes. In the future I hope to expand the brand Stephastique. I would like to employ people that have a distance from the labour market, such as disabled people or people that have a hard time finding a job because of mental problems.
I celebrate individuality and uniqueness with colourful and bold clothing that is inspired by an eclectic mix of different alternative styles and time periods.
Most of all, I want you to be yourself, be unique, because there is only one of you.