Marvin Ink

 


Emerging designer Marie completed her fashion design course at Kangan Tafe a few years ago and has always had the dream to start her own label. With a passion and creative flair for Painting, creating and customising Levi's jeans, Marvin Ink was created.  Selling her customised creations at Markets and personal customer orders too, she explains to us what it's like to do so. 

What made you want to get into customising Levi's?

Well, I've always felt like the 'typical' a typical Australian Designers job within a company or large label does not allow the individual to be as creative as they would like to be. This is what made me start customising Levi's, it's an expression of my creativity, to be free with what I create and sell. Without anyone telling me how and what creative direction to take! 


What inspires you? How do you come up with your ideas for your designs? 

Colours and patterns have always interested me, I am inspired by Flora, organic shapes and colours.
I love creating patterns and mixing colours together. I've never been afraid to wear two different prints together. 

What do you use to create your designs?


To create my designs I use different paints, stencils and sponges. 

Where do you source your jeans from?

I source my jeans from USA, Op Shops and vintage stores. 

How does it feel to sell your product at different markets?


It's the best feeling selling my product at the markets!  It's great to know that there are so many supportive people out there, who love what you do and love how much hard work you put into your creations. 


What's next for your brand?


I'm planning to expand my range by beginning to paint on denim jackets and shirts. Also, I've been recently branching out and having my product available in retail stores, my jeans are now available in Design A Space Chapel Street.  


Quick foxy 5

My favourite food is…..? pasta

 


I never leave home without my...? Converses 

 


My most memorable moment so far in my life……? Was when my Fiancé proposed! 


Weirdest thing that's ever happened to you?


I would say probably this whole experience! I never expected to be selling painted jeans, pretty cool - but crazy. 


Special thanks to Marie


Instagram @MarvinInkTheLabel

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RES DENIM

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Elly

Elly Frangos

We all love a good pair of jeans, it’s a must have essentials in our wardrobe. Res Denim is vastly influenced by grunge and youth rebellion. Locally designed right here in Melbourne their denim is crafted to perfection for all body types and shapes. Created not so long ago in 2012 and has now taken the U.S by storm. Res denim is an influx of the 60s right through to the 90s influence rewind and is here to stay and is going stronger then ever.

I interviewed Elly Frango head designer at Res Denim, as she describes a captivating insight about herself and Res Denim.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself Elly about your fashion journey about where you are today.

I grew up in a small town learning ballet for many years and had a huge love of dress ups and costume; I was forever customizing my own clothes. From there I studied fashion and have been working as a designer since 2001. Very early in my career I knew I wanted to specialise in denim. Growing up in the heart of the 90s I loved rock and metal and was constantly inspired by denim icons such as Kurt Cobain / Nirvana, Metallica and Guns’n'Roses. I’m not sure my design career was going to go any other way, the inspiration for my calling was far to magnetic.

I began working for iconic Australian denim company Bradmill as a denim trend Bradmill cotton mills opened in 1927 in Yarraville, Melbourne and have been providing fabric to both the local and international market ever since. Here I worked with the owner of Bradmill who continues to be an amazing mentor for me. Since then I have travelled the globe forecasting and designing for many major players in the denim industry. A few years down the track RES Denim was born and I am really enjoying the entire creative process.

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Tell us about Res Denim? 

RES Denim is a Melbourne based denim label with over two decades of experience in the denim and apparel industry. Our Parent company Bradmill were the first denim manufactures in Australia, supplying denim to some of the worlds most iconic denim brands.

Using premium European fabrics from Turkey & Spain, combined with heritage Bradmill fabrics, we continue to innovate traditional denim techniques, expertly crafting them for the modern individual.

We’re inspired by the denim icons of the 60s right through to the 90s, legends such as Kurt Cobain and Blondie. We look to the vintage classics to inspire our modern interpretations.

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What is “usual” day in head office at Res Denim? 

The great thing about this industry, and my job in particular is that not every day is the same. My days often involve anything and everything, whether it be fabric sourcing, development of new wash techniques, ranging collections, research and storyboarding, inventing new fits, and everything in between. I’m constantly liaising with production, factories and fabric mills. Another part of the job is brainstorming and getting creative with the sales and marketing team. It’s a great environment that’s inspiring and high energy.

How do you gain inspiration for different looks/types of jeans you come up with for Res Denim?

Vintage clothes, old or new fabrics, photographs and books, constantly inspire me. I collect vintage denim and leather along with original band tees and vinyl. Music is a huge inspiration for me, I’m into rock, southern rock and metal from the 1970s and 80s. I look to vintage men’s denim for inspiration. Male denim icons are my vice, Bon Scott, Jeff Bridges, Slash, Robert Plant, James Hetfield and Bruce Springsteen just to name a few.

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How do you source your denim? 

The most amazing thing about being the in-house brand of our parent company Bradmill is that I have access to so many amazing and luxurious fabrics. We use both vintage Bradmill heritage fabrics and also top of the range Turkish and Spanish fabrics.

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Denim trends what will we see in the near future?

For women’s fits the super high-waisted jeans like our Harrys Hi, Gettin Hi and our Wanda are becoming the most requested styles, however people cannot get enough of our torn and deconstructed jeans. Colour wise white jeans are currently making a huge surge along with worn and blue/black denim.

Is it true we should wait a couple of months before we wash our jeans?

Denim is made from cotton a living breathing organism so its not really supposed to be washed. Jeans that have holes and are bleached back have had so much done to them during the process that washing them constantly just destroys them further. I rarely wash my jeans, I usually just hang them up in the bathroom to get steamed whilst I’m in the shower or inside out in the shade on the line, even the dryer on low heat with a dryer sachet works. But if I really must wash, it’s usually cold-water hand wash with some salt or low enzyme washing detergent and some fabric softener.

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And lastly any advice to anyone who wants to become a designer or specialise in denim?

My advice to anyone wanting to work in design or denim is to firstly study, even if it’s just a course in materials, pattern making, or sewing. I also highly recommend that you also learn illustrator and excel. If you can work in retail this will give you invaluable insight into what the end product of the industry looks like. Intern with anyone that you think might provide you with a solid experience in the field that you want to be in, don’t turn away any offered opportunities you never know where they might take you or what you will learn. Be prepared to listen, work hard and be open to criticism and know that even after 14 years in the industry I’m still learning. Finally always be passionate and experiment whenever you can.

Ps, I love Res Denim thank you for creating Res Denim!

aww thank you xx

Special thanks to Elly

Website: www.resdenim.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RESDenim Instagram: resdenim twitter: https://twitter.com/ResDenim

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