Interview: marko matysik

On a recent trip to London we had the privilege of sitting for morning coffee with the effortlessly convivial Marko Matysik,  Matysik, contributing editor for Vogue China & Japan, has been leading the charge in the ethical fashion space, offering his expertise to an array of clients he consults with and sharing his extensive knowledge with his devoted following. 

  1. Graduating with honors from London St Martin’s School of Art Matysik began working at the Victor Edelstein atelier. Shortly after he established his own sought after luxury label, aptly monikered ''Marko Matysik''. The exceptional fashion designer and couturier also creates a line of ethical bespoke accessories under his label ‘Marko’ that are worn by "Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace and Daphne Guinness among others, made from spliced, rough-cut emeralds and gems sourced in China, Uruguay, Congo and beyond set in sterling silver."

Interview: Marko Matysik

When did your interest in Ethical fashion develop? 

About 20 years ago when I started to make the clothes and accessories I wanted - I was concerned that everything I made would eventually turn to dust. 

You have an immense sense of personal style, is everything you wear from sustainable/ethical brands? How does it all come together for you? 

Sweet of you, I try mashing up sustainable menswear brand new comer ONEBYME (available at the library https://www.thelibrary1994.net) together with organic cotton sweatshirts by women’s brand Martine Jarlgaard http://martinejarlgaard.com/AW16 and nudie jeans https://www.nudiejeans.com/?gclid=CJ6l-Y6mlM4CFe0V0wod4iUPGA together with a few vintage pieces, I love to wear made to measure shoes by http://bespokebeat.com from Katarina Mootich. 

Whats the most exciting thing you have seen on the sustainable runway as of late? 

The last show that I saw in Paris at the Haute Couture AW16/17 collections was the Vagabonds wearing haute-couture clothes in a show by Viktor and Rolf http://www.viktor-rolf.com/haute-couture/vagabonds/  Upcycled couture - they used millions of buttons and scraps of recycled fabrics left over from previous seasons - evoking a tremendous emotional response. It was inspired by British novelist Charles Dickens’ tales of Victorian London. Homeless vagrants such as the Artful Dodger from Oliver wandered about the city thieving random attire.

Any advice for designers looking to go the Ethical route? 

Be creative, brave and keep your integrity.

In your opinion, what are the 3 biggest challenges the Fashion Industry faces? 

Maintaining integrity while working towards a sustainable future; transparency and a mind change; swapping easy profits for mindful compassion and consideration for the global supply chain.

Are you working on anything exciting you can clue us in on? 

Luxury consulting, editing a book, developing sustainable books to come, making clothes and accessories for private clients and accessories for the divine Vicky Sarge boutique http://wholesale.vickisarge.com/story and Debonnair http://www.debonnaire.com - by appointment call Judith Loof +44 (0) 207 590 9350

Do you have a personal hero in the industry? If so, Who is it? 

I am obsessed with Iris van Herpen http://www.irisvanherpen.com/home

Do you have a signature scent? 

At night I wear Creed ‘Angelique Encens’ perfume was created for Marlene Dietrich and 50 years after her death 50 bottles were released and by day the only scent I waft around in is from my shampoo - 'rahua' - which is made with organic 100% natural ungurahua oil, lavender and eucalyptus. 

We love you Marko, thank you for your incredible creativity, insight and passion for all things ethical and gorgeous! 

Find Marko: Instagram: @markogmFacebook  

Photo Credits: Off shoulder by Felix Lammers - Pencil in hand by Freddie Aranda

- Chin on hand by Phillip Suddick

Chris Marta