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Introducing Prospekt Supply + The New Windbreaker

By August 28, 2013 Designers, Menswear, Womenswear
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From the city streets to the back country roads, rain and windy weather can really put a damper on your mood—and not to mention, your style. That’s where Prospekt Supply comes in, debuting their label with arguably the most high-end windbreaker on the market. Designed in New York and made in Vancouver, this outerwear is rendered premium Japanese water-resistant breathable fabric and finished with leather accents and quality zippers. Best of all, we love how this timeless staple folds away conveniently into a little travel pouch—perfect for the gal (or guy!) on the go.

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Got Skim Milk? Tees by Josh Scholl

By May 14, 2013 Designers, Menswear
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Skim Milk—no longer your fat-free beverage of choice, but an exceptionally unique, thought-provoking collection of t-shirts from Josh Scholl that blurs the lines of innovation and sarcasm. “If you like life’s music, beauty, sexuality and odd art–then there will be something in this collection for you,” says Scholl, regarding his designs—all produced in limited edition runs. Drink up the rest of Josh’s thoughts in our exclusive interview, only on two+seven.

Josh Scholl

two+seven: Why the name change? Where did Skim Milk come from?

Josh Scholl: I had to change the name from Designerdrugs because some “re-mixers” thought it was too close to their name and threatened to sue.  So, I thought a creative way of finding a new name would be to conduct a contest where fans suggested a new name for the brand dubbed the “Name Calling Contest”.  I would choose the winner and they would receive 10 t-shirts and a crazy/delightfully tacky limo escorted pizza party with garage rock band, Tandoori Knights (King Khan’s side project).

2+7: Who is the “we” team that started Skim Milk?

JS: We is actually just me, Josh Scholl (owner, designer, creative director, PR, accounting, packaging and every other ing).

2+7: Tell us a bit about the Life Collection.

JS: The collection uncontrollably just fell into place.  Normally I lose a lot of sleep and obsess over the designs but this line naturally came together and the images just fused cohesively.  Perhaps because I just let go and allowed it to happen.  I entitled it the Life Collection because I felt the images and overall feel were (for the most part) more complex which allows the observer to pull their own interpretation.  This is actually my goal for most of my t-shirts.  I take greater pleasure from igniting thought and emotions (positive or negative) vs. educating an audience to think in a certain way.

Honestly, I get a real kick when squares don’t “get” my t-shirts.  It’s further affirmation that I need to stay my course–not only for myself, but I owe it to my incredibly loyal customers.  The themes of the Life Collection ultimately focus on the unpredictability of life–and by that, I mean the range of life’s gracious highs to its unexpected and sometimes nonsensical lows.  I do however feel the collection still has the approach that’s congruent with the cavalier and sarcastic outlook on culture that you’ve come to expect from my previous collections.  This collection also features our first ever pair of Skim Milk Perfect Charmeuse Shorts.  The photos for the look book and website were taken by Caleb Condit and this collection also features a collab with Nancy Reyes of Con Leche.  If you like life’s music, beauty, sexuality and odd art–then there will be something in this collection for you.

2+7: What’s your favorite piece? Your go-to tee?

JS: My favorite t-shirt constantly changes but at the moment, my favorite is Suicide.  I have always loved sociology and thought that it would make an interesting image to have someone reading Emile Durkheim’s masterpiece, Suicide.  If you aren’t familiar with the book, you would think that it’s a “how to” manuscript for ending your life.  Like I mentioned earlier, I’m really into irony and art that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

2+7: What inspires your work?

JS: My work is inspired by life, people, music, odd photography and my satirized outlook on all of it.  Often times I’ll get bored with fashion so I turn to a love of mine which is walking by myself around the city and people watch.  My fascination with observing human beings and the perceptions of what is old/young, beautiful/ugly, cool/uncool, etc. is something that I never grow tired of (and probably why people are the subject of most the my shirts).  That being said, my favorite subjects are people that are real and innovative.

I also generally tend to stay away from looking at my competition’s collections as I don’t want their work to influence my own.  Honestly, a lot of my ideas pop into my head from the strangest of places.  I come up with some from driving in rural areas and oddly enough, my parent’s old church where I’ll just zone out.  Kind of weird considering the nature of my t-shirts, but what can I say?   I also like giving exposure to other like minded folks and colleagues that beat to their own particular drums (like Nancy Reyes).

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Long Tran Fall/Winter 2013

By February 15, 2013 Designers, Events, Fashion News, Menswear, Womenswear
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Anonymous was the title of Long Tran‘s Fall Winter presentation. Anonymous but by no means inconspicuous. In his fourth studio collection, Long’s show featured models shrouded in armor-like, structural shoulders, collars and headpieces. As they marched to the beat of a solemnly intensifying epic, the underlying avant garde theme and meticulous construction curiously unveiled.

Although the show opens with a “manta ray” charcoal cape, it soon became apparent that the designer had drawn inspiration from birds. Besides black crow headpieces, Long Tran went as far as featuring this completely bird suit. My favorite? The commanding Victorian raised collar coat worn by model Magnus Jonsson.

The women’s collection that followed continued channeling powerful dominance with a feminine twist: accordion ruffles. There was a rather “wearable” and beautiful number, a one-shoulder ruffle cocktail dress with a full hoop skirt. The show ended with a black “human flower,” a deserving number constructed from layers and layers of tulles and ruffles.

All images courtesy of Liam Alexander

Interested in viewing Long’s previous collections or purchasing his quirky men’s designs? Head over to LongTran.co.

- Nessa Nguyen, My Fashion Hub

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#NYFW: Timo Weiland Fall/Winter 2013

By February 8, 2013 Designers, Menswear, Womenswear
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 Ladies First…

Timo Weiland presented practical chic for fall at the kickoff of New York Fashion week in The Studio at Lincoln Center last night. Mixed media was a main theme, with supple leathers and knitwear coming together, along with plush shearlings and furs just begging to be touched. Their signature dresses (they fit like a dream) marched down the runway in fit and flare silhouettes, while live music from the Cable played on in the background.

runway shots from style.com

Let’s hear it for the boys…

Utilitarian functionality crossed paths with midwestern sensibility at the Timo Weiland men’s presentation at The Box in Lincoln Center last night. Layered looks were in, with ultra-wearable jackets and cardigans atop classic button downs and crisp straight leg pants. Standouts included a bold red cardigan with leather elbow patches and a pajama-esque matchup (modeled by a broodingly handsome ginger!) Altogether, a wearable collection that reads both rural and urban, with a subtly rugged edge.

Rural Urbanites

Look 3 (left) “Ian” zip cardigan, pleated pants and classic button down

Look 11 (right) “Danlly” striped button down and pleated pants

Look 12 (left) Fatigue straight leg pants, workman button down, “Gambles” jacket, and “Ian” zip cardigan

Look 9 (right) “Danlly” button down, “Dane” blazer, straight leg pants

presentation shots by twoandseven.com

The After-party

 

A celebratory after-party took place in the heart of Chinatown at Le Baron. Alan Eckstein partied with the fam, while the bouncer quizzed some party goers: how do you say the designer’s name? Where did they show? What were the best looks? Hmm, trick question? We say all of them!

A big thanks to Alex of Traveling in Heels for covering the women’s show and after-party!

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Day Eight of Gifting Fun!

By December 20, 2012 Designers, Menswear, Womenswear
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Montana Knox crafts glorious graphic tees for gifts that make a statement.  With original artwork printed on soft knits, these tops take on an easygoing edge. Visit society6.com for a variety of men’s & women’s tops, sweatshirts, totes and more.

His:

Bettina 2012 graphic tee by Montana Knox, $18 society6.com

Hers:

Liberty graphic tee by Montana Knox, $18 society6.com

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An Exclusive: Designer Elliott Giffis of Elliot Evan

By November 28, 2012 Designers, Menswear
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Elliot Evan is a collection on edge. A comprehensive line filled with zippers, leathers, and urban practicality, designer Elliott Giffis draws inspiration from your favorite bad boy persona: the guy who lives life in the fast lane. We caught up with the menswear extraordinaire in an exclusive interview here on two+seven.

two + seven: Give us some background. What drew you to fashion design?

Elliott Giffis: What drew me to fashion? not so much fashion, but there is garments and their ability to speak volumes in silence. As with my garments, it’s the way one can hide, yet have your garments introduce you. I think that is the allure- feeling absolutely lost/nervous/self-conscious, but with the perfect garment you can feel so content–I think that was the bait for me. I wanted to be able to help others feel perfectly comfortable by way of what covers them.

 2+7: You’ve accomplished a lot in your young career – opened a store, launched a collection, internships – what did attending the Academy of Art University teach you, and what did your real life experience teach you? (was one more significant over the other?)

 EG: Thank you kindly for that. However, I still feel like I am VERY behind. I think the biggest thing I got from the academy was patience, learning that I cant ALWAYS break the rules- no matter how much chaos, there needs to be some sort of order.

The biggest skill I take from the academy is the ability to pattern and construct. I take a great deal of pride in how I’ve developed my construction savvy. Without the basics, I could never have gotten to where I am now.

That being said, the majority of what I use today was learned in the field. I worked with an old factory in San Francisco, where I saw the production side of things. I was able to learn a lot from the line sewers, these little older women that could bang out complex garments in such a short amount of time. So mixing that with my tailoring knowledge was very key.

Bottom line practice, practice, practice and then more practice.

 2+7:  Your work features a lot of futuristic and architectural silhouettes constructed from leathers and textured fabrics. What inspires this utilitarian yet modern & fashion-forward aesthetic?

 EG: I’ve always enjoyed building.  I used to build 2stroke motorcycles- and the attempt was build for speed, it may break and then re-build again. I do the same for my garments, I take the mens form and i try and break it and rebuild it while still adhering to a few rules: shoulders can not be compromised.I love zippers, but don’t use zippers just because– they must serve function.

After that, I think: how can I make garments that make me feel comfortable? Make my customer, the guy who is into aggressive motorcycles, fast cars, lives a life of bitter loneliness in the fast lane – all inspiration is around this guy.

2+7: Any favorite pieces?

EG: There was a section of the show, it was the last block of extremely dark, layered shapes. That whole block was my specific favorite. The cool thing about those garments was that they are all fully transformative- they can zip into these different shapes without being forced. Also, the tops are all one piece, it’s a way of patterning which I’ve been able to combine garments in a very streamlined, clean finished way. here is an example of one of my favorites…

Image: The Chic Society

 2+7: What’s next?

EG: Well, whats next is still tricky. I make patterns on the side still, but I’m trying to transition into focusing on another “Elliott Evan”collection. I’ve had time to develop new pieces and they are really exciting- my new focus is form and function and it’s pretty cool stuff. Other than that, I just got this costume design gig, but i don’t want to speak to freely on that, just yet….

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Supply and Demand: Jonathan Riff of Latitude Supply Co.

By September 20, 2012 Designers, Menswear
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Meeting the demands for laid-back, sea-inspired style, Jonathan Riff of Latitude Supply Co. supplies plenty of both. Growing up by the sea in Laguna Beach, Jonathan’s origins are translated in a collection that’s both casual and cool, yet classic and elegant. With the motto,  ”Never Drop Anchor, Always Keep Exploring,” it’s easy to see how this brand takes classic American tailoring to the modern world. Read on and see what else Johnathan’s been exploring in our exclusive interview!

2+7: What drew you to fashion and design?

Jonathan Riff: My interest in fashion and role in my brand has grown progressively through the years, it all began in high school when I started designing and silk-screening my own brand of basics. From there my interest and passion grew and expanded, leading to the desire to launch a full line of cut-and-sew menswear which I did in January of 2012. From there it has been a lot of trial and progression. However, I am extremely happy with the results. Moving forward the brand will continue to evolve as will the collections; each of which having its own theme and styles.

2+7: Tell us a little more about how your collection “breaks the ‘rules’ and conventions of typical menswear.”

JR: Latitude Supply Co reverts back to the fundamentals of American tailoring, which respects tradition, education, class, and family ties. One would describe it as preppy, I would describe it as gentlemen’s leisure wear.

2+7: Latitude Supply Co is obviously influenced by your Laguna Beach upbringing and the California coast. What else inspires you?

JR: Inspiration can truly be found everywhere you look. I think it’s more about what moves your as an individual. For me, I find inspiration in far away destinations, culture, romance, and popular fiction.

2+7: Describe the Latitude Supply Co ‘guy’: who’s your customer?

JR: Our customer is sporty, relaxed, and offhandedly elegant. Windswept and privileged whose imagery connects us to idyllic college days, summer holidays, and the spirit and vitality of youth.

2+7: What’s next?

JR: Latitude Supply Co. is hard at work on its next two collections F/W 13 and S/S 14, both of which will see an addition of a Women’s Collection. F/W 13 will take us aboard a winter cruise, with plenty of new styles including leather jackets, pea coats, and  more. S/S 14 will take us to the beaches and jungles of South East Asia with a runaway vacation to Thailand and Vietnam and will showcase both a Resort Collection and Women’s swim.

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Drawn to Design: Montana Knox

By May 1, 2012 Designers, Menswear, Womenswear
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Artist, designer, and entrepreneur Montana Knox, like his work, is an eye-catching arrangement of graphic glory. This pen + ink artist (who is suitably well-inked himself) has an affinity for “cartoon imagery, outer space, and hot chicks with swords” that work themselves into a display of screen printed t-shirts, tanks, totes and the like. A southern Maine transplant, Knox grew up immersed in art and creative outlets. After dropping out of high school, the Maine College of Art, and the School of Visual Arts, Knox redefined society’s concept of success by opening a well-received storefront in the East Village.

With the help of mom Annette and sis Laura, the Montana Knox store sells his t-shirt designs, mom’s Montanimals (love the wordplay) and jewelry from the Brooklyn-based label Digby and Iona. Montana stepped up for an interview with two+seven, and we think it’s safe to say he Knox this one outta the park.

two + seven: We’re curious, how did an artist from Southern Maine end up in New York City?

Montana Knox: On a whim, actually. It’s a crazy story. I was 19 years old and a bit of an outlaw at the time. I had just spent the summer of 2002 working, living and running around the beach with good friends on a small island off the northeast coast. I came home at the end of island season to my mother and my sister who were living in southern Maine close to where I had grown up. My sister had been picked up by a modeling agency in New York and my mother was newly divorced – restless and disenchanted with small town life.

Landing back home and letting the sunburn cool for a couple days, sans any real designs on the future, I was a beach bum who loved to read and draw crazy pictures. The fam and I re-connected, caught up and over a beer or two and decided we were moving to New York City. Simple as that. Not much of a blueprint really. Three dreamers with lights in their eyes.

Literally, days later, we held a yard sale and sold everything we owned; we packed three beds, our clothes and two cats into a small U-Haul. My mother, my sister and I drove seven-and-a-half hours to Manhattan. We unloaded into a 500-square foot apartment and crashed from exhaustion. I woke up the next morning and stepped outside onto a New York city sidewalk for the first time in my life. I think my mother had somehow found the apartment on Craigslist, when the site was in its infancy. Yes, I’m serious.


2+7: After dropping out of two art colleges, did you feel discouraged? How did you regain your footing?

MK: No, not at all. I also dropped out of high school, happily so. I was a really smart kid, just totally over the scene from the get go. With all due respect, the quarterback/cheerleader scene just wasn’t my thing. I spent my younger years immersed in theatre, painting lessons, after-school cartooning programs, film-making camps, you name it. I was an insatiable young dude and by the time I hit ninth grade high school seemed secondary. I had been immersed in all this art, surrounded by performers, artists, musicians, dancers and painters. Then I entered high school; in social studies class my assignment was to color-code a xeroxed map of the united states? I don’t think so. I left halfway through, got my GED and got a job.

I attended the Maine College of Art after a year-and-a-half in NYC. (Yes, I went back home to Maine.) I had a fantastic memorable experience. MECA is a fairly contemporary, traditional fine arts school in Portland, Maine. The first year is comprised of foundational material, i.e., life drawing, color theory, endless hours training your hands and your eyes, art theory and lectures every Friday. It was a revelatory experience; I learned quite a bit. The summer following that first year, I attended a study abroad program in Italy. I learned to screen print in Florence; I was drawing crazy graffiti stuff and screen printing four-color graphics onto T-shirts and weird vintage clothing I found for sale on the streets. The kids in class started borrowing my screens to make their own clothing and everyone at the bars in Florence asked me where I got my shirt. That was how it all started.

Featherweights

Sophomore year I fell in love with a girl, disengaged from the conceptual work I was surrounded by at school and left for New York, to make again, the kind of work that began to surface overseas. A few years later I attended SVA’s Computer Animation and VFX program in New York for 12 months, on another whim. But that’s a whole other story. You’ll have to buy me a coffee on the Lower East Side to hear that one.

Leaving school was the best choice for me, personally. Public education is not the right path for everybody; it’s not a cover-all solution. Academically, I was bored in public school. My intellectual interests, frankly, lied elsewhere. I would never encourage anyone to drop out of school or quit anything but I will always encourage a person to follow their dreams, stay hungry, keep learning, read, listen carefully, stay true to yourself and work your a** off.

2+7: Your art has a very defined and recognizable look and feel to it. Has this always been your signature aesthetic?

MK: My visual vocabulary has always involved a regurgitation of a cartoon imagery, skateboard graphics, sci-fi, graffiti, erotic art and fantasy illustration – things I grew up with and became attached to. I love Jim Henson and Tim Burton, outer space and video games, talking rodents and kings, heroes and villains, drama and (forgive this in-articulation) hot chicks with swords. I’m a big kid at heart. Anything exciting or out-of-this-world appeals to me. When I make work, I’m making my own world; I’m trying to draw out my own stream-of-consciousness, a version of The Dark Crystal or Star Wars. I am shooting for relatable fantasy. I am trying to tell you a bedtime story as economically as I possibly can.

The artwork itself has changed significantly over the years. I’ve currently been working on a series of imagined portraits called Featherweights. Aesthetically, they are super tight-knit pen and ink pieces of very high contrast and they’re a bit graphic. There’s definitely a thematic trend in terms of content with my work: swords, drama, women and warriors. But the look has changed. As an artist, it’s important to make work, to make more work, to make meaningful thought-provoking work and to push yourself when it comes to technique and ability. This is basic life shit. If you’re not making progress, you’re not making.

 

Featherweights - Liberty

Live Free or Die Featherweight Tank

Live Free or Die Featherweight Tank

2+7: You work closely with your mom and your sister. Any sibling/family rivalry?

MK: No. Well, I am a nightmare to work with, I’m sure. I’m a bit of a control freak. Creatively, it’s my job to visually brand this Montana Knox thing out, and it’s me, so I can get a bit obsessed. I can be a bit of a workaholic. Let me just say that both momma dukes and little sis have been tirelessly supportive, helpful, encouraging and have given non-stop blood, sweat and tears throughout the process. They are the lifeblood and the glue. They are wildly sensible, smart and business-savvy. They’ve helped me start this thing and continue to be an amazingly important and integral part of the operation. We all work really hard but I have the best seat in the house – I get to play brand ambassador. I feel very blessed to have them on my team and more importantly as my family.

 

2+7: You have t-shirt line and a successful collaboration with Society 6. Any other collaborations in the works?

MK: Without a doubt! I just hung a small art show at the Blind Barber in New York City’s East Village. If you’re in or around the hood during the next month or so, stop in and feel free to take a look. The guys there are great and friendly; and seeing work in person is always a different experience. I’m not at liberty to divulge any other news at the moment but if you’ll allow me this (after all, I am a forever-young artist, forever hustling) … Shop the quickly expanding line at MontanaKnox.com and Society6.

 

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Martin Ahn + House of Montague

By January 30, 2012 Designers, Menswear, Shoes
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If Romeo wore sneakers (and also happened to be a stylish hipster) House of Montague would surely be his brand of choice. Former FIT student and designer Martin Ahn takes us inside for a look at his fashion forward footwear collection that includes a wide range of handsomely made sneakers in a variety of styles and colors. The Capulets would be totally jealous.

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House Of Montague SS 12 from Martin Ahn on Vimeo.

two+seven: Congrats on this new found business! The collection is fantastic and we are so excited to hear more about your business an as a designer. I know while attending FIT we spoke a lot about next steps for you and that creating a footwear line was in the works. How do you feel finally having this dream come true?

Martin Ahn: It is sort of unreal in away because I started drawing some of these sneakers even before I attended FIT, about 5-6 years of ago, so having the actual shoes in my hand the first time was fucking crazy! I remember just sitting and staring at the protos send from our factory in Portugal for an hour or so before even going into the details and small correction that had to be made. The dream is becoming a reality and it feels weird when people are complimenting me on the shoes during tradeshows we attend. We had the fashion director from Monocle magazine coming straight to our stand, which was hidden down in the farthest corner, to look at the collection. It was weird to hear that he really liked it and wishing my partner and I good luck for the future. But all in all it a fantastic feeling to work and succeed in make ones dream a reality, now I just have to keep pushing so I may live the dream in the future.

2+7:  So of course we want to know all the deets on the founding on the brands name “House Of Montague”? Where did this originate from?

MA: Well the name comes from the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. It’s the name of the house where Romeo is from but I first took notice of the name in a song by the Artic Monkeys. I had other names for the brand in mind but somehow House Of Montague just stuck with me and slowly everything came together like a puzzle. The name went well with the logo I had in mind, which is a crest and the fact that I named all the shoes after girls, like Romeos obsession with different women. Therefore, I decided on House Of Montague.

 2+7: Ex-girlfriends eh? Most of us want to forget about our ex’s but you seem inspired by them. How did this come about and how do they influence the collection?

MA: Well, unlike a lot of people I have a pretty good relationship with most of my ex’s but the shoes in the collection are actually to some point inspired by the person they are named after. Not saying that when I designed each shoe I was thinking of the person in that specific moment but the first shoe I designed was the style MALENE, which is inspired by a Chuck Taylor silhouette. My first girlfriend back in the 9th grade, Malene, always wore Chucks when we dated, so it was kinda obvious that she would get the first shoe. Another silhouette, ROZANNA, is inspired by a derby shoe and named Rozanna, because like her personal style, its classic but with a twist. So the shoes relates to each girl in some way.

2+7: If you could describe House of Montague in a few words what would they be?

MA: Classic with a contemporary twist.

2+7: The collection seems it would meet the need of different men. If you could pick “the guy” that would wear the collection what is he like?

MA: I am that guy, I design shoes for my self to be honest. I always think about what I want in a shoe and what I believe is missing or could be fun to change in current silhouettes.

Style: Cecilie

2+7: Where do you pull inspiration from?

MA: The Inspiration comes from everywhere but I always start a new design by looking at shoe silhouettes that I like and build from there. I spend a lot of time looking at pictures that captures people on the street, blogs like the Sartorialist, Jak and Jill, and Guerreisms are great because they capture peoples individuality and uniqueness. Music is of course another big source of inspiration, I NEED music when im drawing or else I cannot work.

Style: Cecilie

2+7: Where are you sold?

MA: At the moment House Of Montague is only sold in stores around Europe and Asia but we are shipping to the US through our webshop found on the website.

Style: Malene

2+7: What’s next and where do you see the collection going?

MA: Next move is to keep it going and be consistent in every collection I put out, which is the most important. I believe that if we stay consistent and introduce fresh ideas in every collection success is evident, just have to be patient. We are trying to expand through out the european and asian markets with help from agents and distributors, and acquire the best accounts in every major city in Europe and Asia.

Style: Malene

“Hopefully we are able to introduce some new “girls” in the coming seasons but I think four is more than enough for guys to handle around the world for now. ” -Martin

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