Flaunter presents MVR x DPOSADOWSKI
With the launch of their exciting handbag collaboration, we interview designers Dannielle Posadowski and Martine van Reesema to bring you an exclusive glimpse into their creative world.
What makes you passionate about your label?
Martine: I really enjoy the challenge of working for myself and the ability to constantly be creative. Working with leather is incredibly rewarding because every hide has its particularities and I enjoy being able to glorify such a fantastic natural product. I also try to be as environmentally responsible wherever I can, and through my suppliers, I have access to a great range of vegetable tanned leather.
Dannielle: The creative freedom of being able to design and make whatever your heart desires. Although, my favourite moment as a designer is seeing the idea you once dreamed about come to life.
What’s on your desk right now?
Dannielle: A mess! But a creative mess…well, a work in progress. One corner of my desk is filled with fabrics, inspiration images/artworks, embroidery and a small vase containing a branch of dead flowers from my garden (I have a slight obsession with the beauty of decay). In another corner, I have a glass box containing a pyrite and amethyst crystal situated next to my camera & computer – with far too many shopping tabs open on my browser and whatever spare space is left is filled with all of my chain work and current products/ideas.
Martine: A fashion marketing textbook, given to me by my brother for Christmas – clearly he thinks I have a few things to learn. 3 pairs of glasses, 2 pairs of sunglasses. Copic markers, fine liners, moleskin sketchbook, one of the left over magnolia-scented candles that I made for Christmas pressies and of course a never ending pile of leather swatches!
What has changed for you this year and what are you looking forward to?
Dannielle: Originally I wasn’t planning to start my own label however, everything fell into place over the past few months. I’ve had a fair bit of interest circulating from my final graduate collection. I’m looking forward to the unknown of the future! It’s exciting and nerve-racking. I am hoping to see my label pick up a bit more from the collaboration with Martine but for the moment I’m kind of going with the flow.
Martine: The big change for me this year was deciding to stay in Adelaide and focus on growing my brand, previously I had thought I might make a move to Sydney or back to Melbourne. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the collaboration with Danni fares, it’s been so much fun working with someone rather than on my own and after that, I have 3 more collections in the works for this year!
How did the collaboration come about and what was the creative process like for you?
Martine: I’ll leave Danni to answer that one, the collaboration was her brain child! But as I said before, it’s been fantastic to work with someone else for a change.
Dannielle: For my Final collection I always wanted to collaborate with someone in creating either jewellery or bags. I knew Martine from Whitehouse, but it wasn’t until after seeing an article featuring her in Broadsheet that I made contact. It was mid-semester when we had our meetings, I was all over the place, but thankfully Martine was there to ground me! I loved the simplicity of Martine’s bags, and I knew with the chain work, they’d complement my concept and still embody the design aesthetic I’ve created during my time at uni.
If someone could only buy one new accessory next season, what should it be and why?
Dannielle: One of our bags! Take the simplicity and durability of a leather bag, combined with the chain work, it’s a unique design that can be taken from day to night and elevate any outfit with a bit edge.
Martine: The Bucket Disco Cased from our collab. I haven’t seen anything else like it and I think its such a fun and versatile piece. Handbags are a great investment if you are only able to buy one accessory because they can make an instant impact… and take less time to break in than a new pair of shoes.
Are you more of a piece hunter or a gatherer?
Dannielle: A bit of both! Although at the moment I’m trying to de-clutter my life, as I’ve only come to the realisation that I own too many things. Yet I still continue to make irrational purchases.
Martine: Definitely a Hunter. My need list is ridiculously long and the words ‘want’ or ‘would like to have’ don’t exist in my vocabulary.
My perfect pair of ___ is?
Dannielle: Jewellery – a vintage serpent ring, or stack of various mixed metal rings with a modern statement earring.
Martine: Sunglasses – my amazing new Gucci vintage inspired gold and white sunnies. Obsessed!
Images from MVR x DPOSADOWSKI collection are available to download on Flaunter now.