an interview with Macte designer Anna Orlova
- Who stands behind the brand Macte?
I'm a professional designer (Master of Art in Fashion Design) who has been in the clothing industry for the last twenty years. Throughout this time I've worked with a multitude of different types of clothing, especially knitwear. Gradually, accessories attracted my attention more and more, and I went to create a lot of unique knitted pieces before realizing that I wanted to create contemporary scarves and shawls.
For me, every shawl is like a painting which can not only be adored from afar, but also shows new, beautiful colors depending on how it is draped and what it is worn with.
I work with a wonderful international team consisting of freelancers, true professionals in their craft.
- What is the history of Macte and where are the scarves produced?
Macte is a new brand which was founded in 2016. Macte is Latin for magnificent, gorgeous and our aim truly is to create magnificent accessories that would serve their owners for years.
I started researching weaving traditions in different cultures and realized that a country like Nepal with ancient traditions of quality and skill would be a perfect place to produce our garments. I personally visited every factory where we've placed the orders. They were all small companies, more often than not family businesses with lots of relatives employed side by side. The production is environmentally friendly and only adult, experienced workers are involved. Many garments are woven by hand using ancient technology.
The designs are strictly exclusive and property of Macte TM.
- Which kinds of materials are used in your collections?
Currently our, so to say, main ingredient is cashmere, pure baby cashmere and blends of cashmere and silk.
Cashmere first attracted my attention due to its amazing properties. It is an extremely light and warm material which won´t let you freeze while remaining fresh and pleasant. Silk is definitely a perfect match for cashmere.
- Is Your company involved in any other projects?
In my opinion it is really important for a business to approach its customers face- first. It would be impossible to produce clothing in Nepal while turning a blind eye to those in need of help and support. Approximately ten percent of our sales will be given to Nepalese charities. We work together with local activists and are planning, for example, to participate in building a new school in 2017. We will share more information on the topic on our website and via social media.
Our journey has only just begun but we are ready to grow and evolve, eyes open for the future. We dream of perfection.