Founded in 2007 as a men's shirting brand, Martine Rose draws its inspiration from the experiential tension between individualism and belonging; exploring the potential of clothing to serve as cultural signifiers. By exploring both personal and imagined histories, Martine Rose takes icons or motifs from the past and reimagines their use in the present — contexts are subverted, references collide, and the result is what makes each collection feel ‘offbeat', and yet so ‘in tune'. Volume, proportion, and fabrication are used in an equally dynamic way to blur the lines between the familiar and unconventional; questioning the former functionality or past popularity of certain aesthetics through their re-appropriation today.
Martine Rose is distributed worldwide, currently partnering with many of the leading retailers such as Barneys, Dover Street Market, Isetan, and Joyce. The British based designer has collaborated with a number of brands over the years, such as Caterpillar, Timberland, Napapijri and most recently, Mykita. Martine Rose also has an ongoing consultancy with Balenciaga men's.