Tell me about your brand, how long have you been going and how did you get into designing?
Bill†Mar was born about two and a half years ago. We started at a market in Brick lane and has been growing steadily since then. The label is about creating something a bit different and a bit quirky but remaining wearable and comfortable. We want the Bill†Mar girl to feel like she stands out whether it be with clashing prints, or a subtle detail on a shirt. I studied at Leeds university, but gained most of my experience when I took a year in industry in Sydney, Australia. I worked for a small label called Nookie, which is huge now. I would definitely recommend working for a smaller label as you get to do a lot more.
Where does the name come from (if different from your own name)
I named the label after my grandparents Bill and Marian
What do you have planned for your next collection?
I am super excited for SS14, I am developing three different prints, I want to use lots of clashing, bright colours and just have fun with it. I want the collection to be humorous, something the customer can have fun with, yet keeping that masculine, grungy edge that Bill and Mar has. I dont want the clothes to appear obviously sexy, but I want girls to feel sexy in them!
What are your aims for the brand?
My biggest aim is to get the label into my favourite high street store. Im also dying to experiment with Menswear as I’ve had a lot of requests for it, and swimwear one day too.
Who’s your target customer?
The bill and mar girl has attitude, she definitely has an interest in fashion and is always looking for something different. She is creative and wants to stand out. She is daring and can have fun experimenting with clothes, she has an outrageous side to her personality and doesn’t care what people think.
What musician would you love to see wearing your designs?
Rita Ora has recently worn a couple of our pieces and she was the top of my list, I would love to see her wear the brand again along with Rihanna and Iggy Azalea.
What designer would you most like to collaborate with and why?
It would be a dream to work with someone like Alexander Wang, his collections are perfect and it would be priceless to see someone like thats process. It would also be fun to collaborate with an Australian label like Discount Universe as Im completely in love with Australian fashion and their prints are so quirky it would be a really exciting mix
Describe your personal style….
During the day I dont often dress up or too styled. I like simple and comfortable clothes, lots of layers and maybe a print to mix it up, basically skinny jeans and a Bill and Mar jumper. If im going out, I love to wear something a bit more daring, but nothing too crazy. I love print and texture so try and wear it as much as possible
I think its important to have fun and be expressive, even if its just in subtle details. I cant stand it when people dont play around a bit or shy away from something ‘different’
What’s the last exhibition you went to?
The David Bowie exhibition. So inspiring, he puts everyone to shame.
What’s your favourite film?
I saw a short film about a year ago called ‘Friday’ by Seb Edwards, about a boy’s story after the July 7 bombings. Even though it was only about 10 minutes long, its always the thing that sticks in my mind when asked this question.
What’s currently on your ipod?
ASAP Rocky, Iggy Azalea , lots of reggae, dancehall and a tiny bit of House
Where can you buy Bill†Mar?
Our online store is the best place to shop, as the entire range is available and we help you style up an outfit which really helps. Our new website is about to launch: www.billandmar.com