design your line of accessories, which images from doyou find yourself
drawing inspiration from?
Lots of things inspire
me. People, colors, seasons, movies, music, art... everything I see
around me is inspirational.
Having said this, the main element
of inspiration for each collection originates from my love of
which is pervasive in the MARK/GIUSTI brand. For my
collections, I try to bring ancient mosaic patterns back to life.
From that inspiration, I create digital artwork and print onto
cotton sateen fabric to be used in the interior of our products. Some
of these Mosaic artworks (mainly Byzantine) date back to as early as 6th
century A.D. My childhood was very influenced by my father who is a
collector of art and mosaics. I grew up following him to antique fairs
and auctions, watching him examine these beautiful pieces of history as
he explained to me the origin of each one.
We had so many
wonderful books, of Byzantine mosaics in particular and I grew up loving
those beautiful patterns.
As an adult I rediscovered these
arts in Italy. The more I travelled around that beautiful country, the
I wanted to see the mosaic wall decorations, paintings
and marble floors in Byzantine churches and the medieval houses that I
used to see in my father’s books when I was a child. I fell in love with
these designs all over again – especially
architectural and geometric patterns that seemed to have been all but
forgotten. When I decided to establish MARK/GIUSTI, I wanted to give the
brand an identity, to impart a spirit of classical
masculinity, artistic craftsmanship and timeless beauty. I believe,
bringing these designs back to life through our accessories infuses each
and every MARK/GIUSTI product with an opulent history and faithful
For me, it is a perfect union: my love of Byzantine
mosaics and my love of fashion.
A Romance in Roma, as the name
suggests, has inspired my most recent collection “ROMA-NZA” for A/W
The original inspiration for the collection came
from the William Wyler’s film “Vacanze Romane” (“Roman Holiday”),
which I saw during my last trip to Rome. There is something
about that city that makes you fall in love with it. I guess it all goes
back to the glamorous Italian lifestyle, especially as it’s depicted in
films from the 1950’s. Italian’s have a
true appreciation for
the good things in life, whether it’s beautifully crafted bags
or simply the
you imagine the man who is choosing to hold one of your own
The MARK/GIUSTI man loves living life to
the maximum. He is independent, confident and successful.
is spontaneous, romantic and a bit of a dreamer but knows how to make
those dreams come true.
The MARK/GIUSTI man is also
cosmopolitan, open-minded, and has a deep appreciation for
and culture. He feels equally confident in a perfectly tailored suit or
something more casual.
He has his own identity and is always
on the hunt for something unique to fulfill his passion for great style,
design and a beautifully crafted product. He pays
considerable attention to detail and always tries to
perfect harmony between function and design.
If you could change one thing about
current fashion trends, what would that be?
there were one thing that I would like to change about the current
it would be the fast fashion products that are
not only bad for the industry but also for the environment.
believe a product that is cheaply made, does not last and should not be
produced at all. Superior quality and
unmatched attention to
detail create timeless products that are worth having and
cherishing forever. That was one of the reasons, which led me
to create the MARK/GIUSTI
you could change one thing about the fashion world as it is, what would
The fashion world is full of people
“screaming out” to be fashionable with an attitude for being “seen”.
I believe luxury is deeper than that. Being “Chic” is
something that you cannot buy. You do not need to scream out
with blatant branding that you are wearing a luxury item. True
luxury is subtle. It is craftsmanship, attention to detail and again
superior timeless quality. If its there, people who know will recognize
Do you remember ever noticing the form and
color of objects, their aesthetic qualities in other words, as a child?
Simply put, did you care about how things
look or should look?
As a child, I remember that I
always had a sense of style and always had a say in choosing my own
and accessories. I know what I liked and what I didn’t
and our parents always encouraged us to express our opinions
and build our own sense of style and personality. Since my
father was a diplomat, we always had to attend different types
of functions, so there was always an occasion to consider our
personal style. I must say, I also learned a lot from them too.
My father was always impeccably dressed. He used to explain to
me the different types of fabrics and what constitutes a
perfect suit. I learned about having a fashionable edge from
my sister and timeless
classics from my