The beginning of a new season brings with it hundreds of new campaigns and look books showcasing a designer's collection, some of which we have been posting during recent weeks. But, amongst all of this, a few young, new designers have come to the fore, and with youth on our own side, we are keen to introduce some of these new generation talents. First up: Belgian Marius Op ‘t Eynde of Marius Petrus.
What is your background?
I was born in 1989, in a tiny town in the south of the Netherlands called Roermond. I've always been into drawing, making stuff and art in general, ever since I could hold a pencil. At around the age of 15 it became clear that I wanted to make it my living in the future, and I wanted to go to art school after high school. I inherited my mother's love for fabric (she's an interior designer) and I joined the fashion department at Artez in Arnhem. Already determined to become a menswear designer - frustrated not to be able to find the clothes I wanted to wear at the time - I started designing menswear from my 2nd year. I had a full-season internship at Alexander Mcqueen menswear, which was a great experience where I learned loads. After the graduation shows in Arnhem, my collection was nominated for the Frans Molenaar Award, which included showing at Amsterdam Fashion week, and was awarded with an honourable mention. After my graduation I interned a season at the Raf Simons' studio in Antwerp, which was also an amazing learning experience.
What is your intention?
My intention is to create modern, interesting and different clothing, to try and add something new, while still having an eye for tradtions and craftsmanship.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
MariusPetrus brings strong, masculine collections, with graphic shapes, bold colours and architectural prints. Classical tailoring elements with a modern signature, merging seamlessly with sportswear influences and high tech materials, thus creating an interesting blend of men’s heritage and future concepts.
What do you aim to offer men?
I aim to offer men different, new options for their wardrobe, both in terms of shape, colour and fabric. My clothing is always ment to be worn, so I aim to offer not just aesthetical collections, but also items that will be the next favourite piece in your wardrobe. Over the next seasons the collections will also get more technically advanced, as I will be diving into new ways of constructing clothing.