Sies Marjan (pronounced: Siis Martjãn), repeat this name many times until it starts to sound familiar. Sies Marjan, Sies Marjan.
The new fashion brand based in New York is in the center of all attentions, and it is expected that it will steal the show at the street style of the next fashion weeks.
Sander Lak, 32, Dutch, is the designer behind Sies Marjan. He graduated from Central Saint Martin under the late legend Louise Wilson, and worked in the ateliers of Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Philip Lim, Balmain until he got to be head of design for Dries van Noten. A golden career.
Sies Marjan is the combination of Sander Lak’s parents names, who wanted to pick a name that was both personal but not directly connected to him. The idea of creating a certain anonymity is explained by Lak: “I have no interest in fame or anything that would distract me really from the job that I love doing with people that I surround myself with. It’s about that, it’s about the work we all do together.” We don’t often see that kind of modesty in the fashion world. I like it already.
But I like the clothes even more. The strong points of Sies Marjan collection are the use of bold colors, bright yellow, orange, dusty pinks; and haute couture techniques, choice of fabrics and craftsmanship. The Dutch designer is definitely not afraid of colors, prints or luxury. His creations have a kinship with Dries van Noten but somewhat rejuvenated. They are absolutely on my wish list.
Sander Lak has a history that is the dream of any young designer: he has talent, studied in the best school, toured the best fashion ateliers and, to create their own brand, has found the perfect investors. Sies Marjan is backed by billionaires Nancy and Howard Marks, founders of Oaktree Capital Management, and Joey Laurenti, chief executive of Goods and Services.
Where to buy? In Europe, online on matchesfashion.com