Gloomth & the Cult of Melancholy

Gloomth & the Cult of Melancholy is an online clothing label specializing in original, hand made clothing and accessories. Much of our work tends to fall into a Gothic, Lolita, or Aristocrat subculture style- but we gather our inspiration from many sources. All of our items are produced in limited quantities to ensure their rarity and to retain the unique aspect. Designer Taeden Hall agreed to tell us a bit more about herself and her work.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Designing and sewing clothing has always been a part of my life. I grew up in a VERY small northern community where we didn't have access to the big city stores that sold Gothic and Punk styles, and as a teenager I was in love with that aesthetic. Of course, there wasn't any internet then either, thus no online options. My mother taught me the basics for sewing and altering clothes. I'd buy items in fabrics I liked from second hand stores and then reconstruct them into the styles I saw in magazines and my own ideas.
I have always loved designing clothing, sketching outfit concepts and working up patterns. I have a real passion for what I do, and I cant imagine it not being a part of my life.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
It's a toss up between writing and swimming.

I love books, I'm completely addicted to the printed word, I read voraciously and on every topic I can, and I have been writing off and on since my teens. I'm truly happiest when I'm writing.

I'm also completely obsessed with fish and particularly deep sea fish. I love exploring underwater and just being below the surface.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Keeping up with the growth of the company has been our largest challenge, though one I'd never complain about. We've grown really rapidly these last two years and it's creating new systems, organizing the way we handle orders, and hiring new staff that's been challenging. Growing pains I suppose, though not unpleasant ones.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Oh, I make clothes in styles that I love- its narcissistic and terrible but I do love the designs because they're what I would wear myself. In particular I'm fond of our "Pepper" shrug and the "Providence" skirt, those are such distinct shapes.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I have had a lot of really strange jobs and maybe its because I changed my mind repeatedly growing up. I think the first thing I wanted to be was a cat, which clearly didn't pan out. Then it was a marine biologist, writer, actress, and finally a lawyer.

What other shops out there do you love?
I love second hand stores. My husband and I are very into antiques; he collects antique cameras and restores them, and I collect Victorian mourning ephemera and clothing, which I restore when possible. We're big frequenters of Goodwill and those types of stores. The thrill of finding some weird rare antique in the clutter is a big high for us (man, that makes me sound old).

I also adore my dear friend Kam's work, she creates particularly disturbing dolls and sculptures, she can be found at

What does your future hold?
Burgers and about 10 zillion gallons of diet Coke, I imagine.

As far as Gloomth's future, we're working on a line of distinct swimwear which I'm very excited about. As well as an extended men's line.

Visit Gloomth & the Cult of Melancholy on Etsy, or to see more unique fashions (and I have to say, fetching photography as well).