MKT: Hi Chris, tell us about your background and current interests...
CM: I’m a graphic designer in London, who hails from South Yorkshire originally. I have my own design studio in Peckham I run with my business partner David. I’ve always wanted to be a graphic designer since I was a kid. I spent a lot of my free time drawing sports logos from catalogues – I was obsessed with them. I moved to London in 2004 after failing my design degree (I was busy working on my own portfolio rather than doing coursework). I was lucky enough to get an internship at a great agency and stayed there for nine years before setting up Commission Studio
in 2013. I’ve always been interested in clothing and I guess that started with sneakers as a kid and the love of logos. I’ve always been a proper nerd, so I get obsessive on detail about the topics I become interested in. Clothing is a vast subject with a lot of rabbit holes to go down which suits me. I’m also developing a big interest in wine too – especially natty wines. It’s a subject that seems as broad and deep as fashion.
MKT: I really like your stitched and stitched instagram feed, I enjoy the examples of well considered understated style, kInd of what Marrkt is about too - why did you start it and what are your top 5 brands you are buying from right now?
CM: My friends knew how much I loved and collected clothing, so I’d often get asked advice on what to buy and I loved sharing my findings, so that eventually turned into my blog Stitched & Stitched. I liked writing about topics I couldn’t find a lot of detail on elsewhere. Cordovan shoes was a big thing on my blog. I found that information on the topic was really limited so I started putting all my findings and experiences with it in one place so others could reference it. It was fun to do, but took a backseat when I started my business. Now stitchedandstitched
is an instagram account. Top 5 brands I’m buying right now: Drakes and The Real McCoys always. These are stalwarts of my wardrobe. Engineered Garments has always been a constant too. I’ve been buying quite a bit of Camoshita the last few seasons and North Face Purple Label too. I’ve recently started dipping my toe into the murky waters of Visvim since visiting their store in LA. The detail of the clothing is next level (I realise I’m very late to this party). I’ve recently bought my first of pairs of shoes from JMWeston too, which I’m really pleased with.
MKT: How would you describe your personal style?
CM: It drifts between formal and casual because I love both the Drake’s and Real McCoys aesthetics. And quite often they work together. I might be in a tie and jacket one day and workwear the next. It’s a very Japanese aesthetic I think. A mix of Ivy League and Military with some luxury and a touch of modernity in there every now and again. Much like the magazine Popeye I guess.
MKT: You’ve been a seller with Marrkt for a couple of years now. Why do you use Marrkt to sell your unwanted gear?
CM: It’s perfect for me because I can sell quite a lot of stuff relatively quickly and it’s helped me change up my wardrobe and keep it at a sensible size. Ebay is a total hassle and the audience is so broad. I love that Marrkt has a very targeted audience of like minded people, so I also know my clothes are going to go to good homes and for a fair price for both seller and buyer. It’s all good. And zero effort for me (I’m very lazy).
MKT: Thank you Chris, its been great to talk with you