A very exciting addition to our portfolio this season is critically acclaimed menswear designer Martine Rose. The eponymous label headed up by Martine herself is always a highly anticipated show at London Fashion Week, with her stand out designs, collaborations and concepts. For a behind the scenes look at everything Martine Rose, we spoke with Shauni on the design team for an insight into everything from the design process and collaborations to fashion week and her favourite looks.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Shauni and I’m originally from Scotland. I studied at Edinburgh College of Art and I am from a town called Falkirk which is in the central belt of Scotland , about 20 mins east of Glasgow. I have lived in London for around 7 years and moved down here to work in fashion. I started out working in a pub and doing a few internships and then eventually in 2015 I landed a job with Martine and I’ve been working as a designer with her on various projects ever since. I started off as a design intern in 2014 just before Martine had her first baby, Valentine. When she returned after maternity in 2015 she asked me to come back and work for her as a studio manager and design assistant.
How big is the team at Martine Rose?
Not big at all. There are probably about 6 of us in the studio Monday to Friday, its roughly one person per department. I am the only designer and have recently taken on an assistant to help me 4 days a week. Although the permanent studio team is small, we have an extended family of amazing friends and freelancers that we collaborate with on a regular basis. They help us to develop our prints, graphics and shoes and it’s their brilliance which really helps bring the Martine Rose vision to life.