After seven years sharing her eclectic style, Megan Ellaby has become one of the most well-known fashion bloggers and influencers in Manchester with more than 200K followers. With an educational background in fashion communication – interning at House of Holland, Alexander McQueen, ASOS and more – Ellaby recently launched her first clothing line, Saturday By Megan Ellaby.
A quick summary of your career and education:
I studied fashion communication & promotion at The University of Huddersfield. It offered a sandwich course which allowed me to gain some industry experience for a year before completing my degree. During this year I interned at House of Holland, Alexander McQueen, ASOS and JD Sports which was invaluable and an incredible year for many reasons. It allowed me to start my blog as a little diary of life as a fashion intern which then developed into a style blog. Almost seven years later the blog is still going strong, focusing mainly on fashion and styling but with sprinkling of interior design, music, travel and beauty. I started my YouTube channel a few years back and my fashion line Saturday By Megan Ellaby late last year. I’ve created my dream job.
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What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?
Launching my clothing line Saturday By Megan Ellaby, was completely crazy and the reaction to the first collection was totally overwhelming. Aside from that, my charity clothes sale for I love Manchester fund had people queueing around the block to buy my wardrobe and we raised over £5,000 for the charity. I was also in a nationwide campaign for L’Oreal Elvive that featured on television and across billboards across the country, that was totally crazy.
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by so many things whether that be people, places, eras, literally everything.
I love the work ethic of Mancunians – particularly my family, they inspire me every day.
If it’s style inspiration, I always look to the sixties and seventies. I adore the silhouettes and colours of the sixties, from It Girls like Mary Quant, Twiggy, Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin but the men also really do it for me. I adore the style of Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Freddie Mercury, they never let me down when it comes to styling.
How has living and working in Manchester helped you achieve your goals?
I think living in Manchester has set me apart from the rest of the blogging industry. When I started it was a really small industry and now it’s pretty huge with only a handful of us coming from up North. Living in Manchester offers a unique eye that Londoners don’t have. We also don’t take ourselves too seriously which I think helps.
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
Something will always turn up. My mum has championed this mantra throughout my life and I now find myself saying it to egg myself and those I love on. When life gets tough, you’ve gotta know that something will always turn up.
What are your goals of 2019?
2019 is all about developing my brand Saturday By Megan Ellaby.
Where do you see yourself in twenty years’ time?
Hopefully happily married with lots of children, still based in North Manchester with my two sausage dogs. I’d love to still be designing and hope that Saturday will be as big as I dream it to be. I’d also love to have my own shop one day – whether that’s in the Northern Quarter or in the suburbs, I’d love to curate my own space.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in your career so far?
Learning that not everyone will like you and that’s okay. Being online often requires a thick skin which is sad, but us Mancs are hard and it’s making me a sassier and stronger person in the long run.
One word that sums you up best?
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