Claire Cummings developed Hangin’ Around when she was 18 years old, after beginning her Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) and becoming immediately inspired to run her own label with a focus on creating an alternative to fast fashion and excessive consumption. She brought Hangin’ Around to fruition in 2016, and after attaining her degree with distinction, she now divides her time between running this label, working as a freelancer, and assisting iconic Melbourne designers such as Beci Orpin.
Her first venture as a textile designer after co-running a successful Etsy store while in high school, Hangin’ Around is the amalgamation of Claire’s design vision and her desire to contribute positive, ethically made products to the fashion and homewares market.
She is passionate about promoting sustainability in the midst of a fast paced, wasteful consumer culture that takes advantage of those down the supply chain. She puts a focus on quality artisan textiles that can be enjoyed for long periods of time – a rebellion against fast fashion.
The designing, drawing, painting, digital design work, knitting, weaving, pattern making, sewing, packaging and so on is all done by Claire in her studio, using selectively sourced high end yarns and materials from local suppliers. All outsourcing (such as for prints and patches) is done within Australia, and mostly within Melbourne.