Lindsay Trueman came up in the Spruce Grove Composite High School and has emerged from education to make her mark on the world.
The former area resident was recently highlighted in an archival piece Oct. 23 and took time out of her life in California to share more about what she is doing in the fashion industry Sunday. Once her appearance at New York Fashion Week concluded in 2016 she continued with school before becoming an employee of San Francisco-based Ruti Inc. in 2017 and is presently the only designer on staff due to COVID-19.
“It has been interesting,” she said. “I have been surprised by how much I get to do across the board of the design process and the technical design process. I work on everything at this point from initial inspiration and concept design for a season all the way to specs and sizing.”
While many of the looks on Ruti’s site work with solid colours or in some cases black, white or mixtures of the two Trueman added there is a lot required to design a look which is not realized by some people. The virus has delayed some things but a lot of time is spent usually, too.
“In general, we design about a year ahead,” Trueman said. “I would say inspiration, fabric shows and the rest is this far before a collection launches in a store. Then we do several prototypes and it can take six weeks to a few months before we end up getting our final products.”
Highlights in her career to date include several fashion shows which recalled the experience of seeing work on the runway in New York City, products she has designed making their way to the far-flung corners of the world and rising from humble beginnings generally. Trueman credits her present position in life to her very supportive family and said the Tri-Region was instrumental in developing her inner self.
“My life was there until about eight years ago,” she said. “Living in a smaller town definitely gave me a huge appreciation of family, friends and community. I am really really grateful for it. It is reflected in how I interact with the world now. The future is a day-by-day type of thing and every industry is struggling right now. Nothing is certain but for me I am doing my best to be grateful for where I am at in the moment.”
Trueman’s work can be found by going to ruti.com.