Designer and women’s rights activist Phoebe Dahl says she “dreamed up” her career, which melds fashion, travel, and philanthropy.
After attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, studying at the London College of Fashion, and working for a dress and bow-tie designer in Amsterdam, Phoebe Dahl—daughter of screenwriter Lucy Dahl and granddaughter of celebrated author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal—returned to her native Los Angeles in 2013 with an idea. A recent business trip to Japan had exposed her to textile mills producing stunning linen, and on the streets there she saw girls wearing the fabric in beautiful, oversize silhouettes. A subsequent trip to India, where she was struck by its grave poverty, left her with the resolve to meld her interest in design with a philanthropic cause. After setting up a small studio in an apartment in Silver Lake, she researched women’s rights charities and designed the first pieces for Faircloth & Supply, a collection of handcrafted linen garments sourced and sewn in Los Angeles.