business name is Agnès Fréchette
Designs. I like to do custom-made clothing,
and my flair is for musicians. I like to
do very funky and flashy stuff. What I love
is personalizing everything with some embroidery,
and this way everything will stay unique.
started sewing when I was five years old,
and when I was nine, I had my first sewing
job. I was doing undergarments for my uncle’s
kids. They were made out of sugar bags and
flour bags, and he was giving me 25 cents
a pair, which I don’t know how they
could wear because the cotton must have
been pretty stiff.
of the things I do is stage clothes for
musicians. I like to give them their own
identities, something that’s very
unique and has a lot of embroidery. My son
is a musician, and when he started performing,
I started making his stage clothes.
embroidery machines make up to 2,000 stitches
a minute and produce very intricate work.
have my own line of fashion, Agg’s
Rags, and they’re very funky little
skirts, they’ve got every colour you
can imagine and also a bit of embroidery.
The kids just love them for beach cover-ups.
If you need a little bit of attention, this
is a good line of fashion to go into.
also work with corporate clients who need
logos embroidered on T-shirts, caps, that
sort of thing. And that’s when the
industrial embroidery comes in. We specialize
in smaller quantities. And with me not having
an overhead because I work in my house,
I can have everything cheaper than they
would pay in the big cities.
the growth in the decorated apparel market
is occurring in local businesses, school
and sports uniforms, retail/resale and community
my company unique is the fact that I’m
the only person that has the industrial
embroidery machines in town, and also the
custom made part of it. People just love
to have something made, something they can’t
find in stores, and I can go pretty wild
with the fashion, so they really enjoy that.”