We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Fitzgerald and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I am a parent, yes. The absolute most important thing I’ve done is work on my own internal growth and learn how to communicate, apologize, follow through, make space for “negative” emotions, n etc. Doing that has given me the space and emotional safety to see my children as individuals and help them navigate the world rather than seeing them as extensions of myself and fighting unending power struggles.
What should our readers know about your business?
I make custom corsets, for all bodies. I’m super excited about my research into Victorian corsetry and how lightweight and comfortable it was. Ultra-light corsetry has become my signature, and I love being able to make everyday pieces for people needing more support than a bra can give. I also love making really special pieces for costumers and reenactors that they can show off with pride, knowing it looks like it came from a museum AND that it’s going to wear well all day every day. It’s been a journey to figure out what my brand even is, and how to market it once I realized it’s a luxury product. I went to school for piano (which didn’t include any artistic marketing), so it’s been hard to figure out where the weaknesses are and how to communicate and find my audience. I’m so thankful to live in an age of social media where I can find the other luxury clothing and lingerie makers and learn from what they’re doing! I am learning to be ok with where I am in the process, and trust that true growth is slow and steady. I’m learning to ask for feedback and to not be threatened by it but to make changes and grow. I’m learning to trust myself and my vision. I want you to know that I am here to make cool things in collaboration with your vision, and that this connection is my favorite thing in the world! I want you to know that you are not limited in clothing by anyone except yourself and your own ideas, and I hope you will dare sometimes to wear things that are fun and expressive and sometimes impractical, just because life is short and clothing can be a great source of joy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There’s still so much of Denver I want to explore myself! I love eating at City o’ City. I love the Denver Art Museum, and the Nature and Science Museum. If they had kids, I’d take them to splash in the Platte River, in the sandy bit across from REI, and play in the surrounding park. If they like coffee I’d take them to Black Eye Coffee in RiNo and listen to some vinyl in the back corner with them over a cappuccino. I’d take them to the Butterfly Pavillion, my favorite green spot in the dead of winter, or to the Botanic Gardens in summer. I’d take them to a fun and weird little theatre show at the Bug Theatre, and a big musical one at the Buelle. I’d take them hiking, maybe make a day out of a mountain trip, go hiking and come chill at a brewery afterwards–lake hikes are my favorite, like Mohawk Lakes up in Summit County, or Turquoise Lake in RMNP (Estes Park is so cute and a nice day trip). If they like sushi, I’d for sure have to take them to Sushi Den, and Pearl street is a nice stroll. If they’re a choir or music nerd like me I’d take them to a chamber music concert, like Anima. I’d take them to City Park or Wash Park for a picnic and a game of bocce. Once Meow Wolf opens, if it’s anything like the NM one, I’d for sure recommend that!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Have to shoutout to my first real job on the team at Denver Bespoke/Denver Dressmakers! They taught me patternmaking and gave me a huge amount of experience fitting clothes for a diverse range of bodies, for which I am forever grateful. They are an unconventional business and were able to see past my lack of credentials straight to the actual work I was doing. Thank you!