Martine Rose
Martine Rose

Since starting your label, what have been your biggest learnings?

From a business perspective, I’ve learned that there is a common misconception about business: it’s really just about interpersonal relationships. Business is as much about working with people as it is about cold, hard facts and figures.

From a personal perspective, I’ve learned that I am more patient than I thought I was, and that it pays to take creative risks.

What do you think about the current state of menswear, and what do you see as the biggest issues it faces today?

I feel that it is possibly the most exciting time for menswear right now. The only risk is of the industry cannibalizing itself, which is a risk that can be attributed to fashion in general. Menswear is undergoing a dynamic period of growth.

Do you have any expectations for where the industry is heading?

I feel that the industry will keep on growing and with this comes a greater responsibility towards how and where samples are produced. I hope that we continue to be concerned with how quality products are created without a negative impact—not an industry of fast fashion, but of quality and responsibility.

What has been your highlight of 2017?

Apart from my son, the biggest highlight of 2017 was moving out of the studio which has nurtured me for the last 10 years. It was very sad, but ultimately a great feeling to expand the business and take the next steps towards growing the label. I would say that the label in general has been doing really well throughout 2017.

What are your short-term and long-term goals, both for your brand and personally?

Personally, I need to take some of my own advice in the previous answers. I hope to keep expanding my brand and to do it responsibly. The main goal is to continue enjoying it.

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