Man explained to Portable that the inspiration for Beginnings came from two very different planets; “I was inspired by two different passions of mine. I live a few blocks away from the beach in Sydney, so the water, sand and coastline are a constant inspiration for me. The other one is a secret passion for the planets, the universe and space. I’m in awe of the beautiful colours, shapes and mystery of the universe.”
To highlight the intricacies in her statement designs, Man employed director Joshua Heath to create a fashion film that captures the very essence of the label. Heath’s footage captures the movement of the accompanying look book shoot which embodies Man’s innovative use and fusion of unique materials such as wood, resin, metal and leather for the first time. Using materials such as these has meant that many of the pieces are unisex in their appeal with the label gaining a cult following for its widespread appeal and diversity.
Man is unique in the fact that each piece is lovingly crafted by it’s creator, who described the detailed process; “It all starts with the design. At this stage I am quite familiar with what my materials are able to do, though I am sometimes surprised at new possibilities, so I take my inspiration and apply it to the materials that I like to use. I sketch out my designs on the computer and make some prototypes. Then I review the designs and fine-tune them until I am sure the final product is what I wanted. It can be a long and exhausting process. However, it’s worth it. It so amazing to hold the final piece in my hand at the end of the design and production process.”
And the results do not disappoint, with interlocking, sharp shapes, monochromatic patterns and tubular chokers in soft solar hues creating a dramatic, space-age effect set off against MAN’s signature adornment of industrial bolts.