Very exciting feature today with Bob Martin, a fashion designer that breaks the mold of the “typical” Fashion Designer.
His unique “country boy” roots and experience in woodworking, leatherworking, and ice sculpting have given him an abundance of skills. These ideas and skills are evident in his work which have been on display in London England and can be seen in blockbuster movies such as “Sweeney Todd”. His passion for design and innovation has led him in a successful career in fashion, and in particularly the area of fashion education. His most recent design work is a capsule collection of shoe accessories called the “Heel Jacket.”
Bob is the Creator of How to Fashion Design with Bob Martin can be purchased at major retailers like Best Buy.com, Target.com and Barnes and Noble.com. He is also a featured designer for Bernina of America Inc.
How exciting, read on!!
How did you get into fashion? Tell me how and when everything started.
One of the first questions I am always asked is why I am interested in being a Fashion Designer. I think one of the reasons I am asked this is because it seems like an unlikely field for a straight country boy, who grew up in “In a Small town USA”. At first I was really attracted to the idea of design in general. I love the idea of gathering research, experimenting, and discovering answers. The design process is full of this. I have always been into making things from building homes, to Skateboard ramps, from Props for plays, to Ice sculptures. Working with my hands is what I love to do.
When did you first know that you wanted to be in fashion?
I have always been interested in fashion since I was a child. Whether it was dressing up and playing pretend or trying to find my own personal style as a teenager. It was when the love for design and interest in fashion collided that I knew I wanted to pursue it. I had a late start and moved to London when I was 22 to study fashion design. From there the rest is history.
If you weren’t in the fashion industry, what would you like to be doing? I think I would be an engineer or an architect if I wasn’t reinventing fashion I would try to be reinventing something else.
Tell us about your fabulous store and what products or serviced do you offered?
I started a program called How to Fashion Design with Bob Martin. The lessons teach fashion design to practically anyone who wants to learn. It’ offers an alternative to reading books, and paying for expensive classes, or college. It’s unique because it’ covers all areas of fashion design like sewing, drawing, designing, researching, and illustrating. Most programs focus on one of those areas but not all of them. They are all essential and they all need to feed off each other which are what my program I developed teaches. It’s a college education at your fingertips and at an extremely low price. My website www.howtofashiondesign.com also includes an Interactive Studio to interact with those taking the lessons and I will sometimes visit and answer questions too. How to Fashion Design DVD lessons can now be found on BN.com, Target, com and Best Buy.
How would you describe your personal style?
My style changes quite a lot depending on what kind of inspiration and or experimentation I have going on in the studio. This being said, my style almost always involves layers and a mixture of contradicting materials like chiffons and glass, metal and knit, leather and silk.
Who is your favorite designer?
Aitor Throup who is an amazing Menswear designer in London and threeASFOUR, Both are very experimental when it comes to silhouettes and concepts which I find very inspirational and refreshing as a fellow designer. I also really Like Alexander McQueen he just makes gorgeous clothes. Nicolas Ghesquiere (head design for fashion house Balenciaga is absolutely brilliant in all facets of design so, I always look forward to his collections.
If you had a choice of all designers in the world, who would you prefer to work for? Why? Nicolas Ghesquiere because The House of Balenciaga has such a history of timeless designs, flawless craftsmanship and dedication of marriage between ready to wear and Haute Couture.
Are there any special projects you would like to work on?
Yes I would love to work with Diqui James (creative director of the De La Guarda group) I am fascinated with his brilliance share the same vision as he does. If you never seen a De La Guarda production you must! Check out Frueza Bruta in NY.
Which magazines do you read? Which magazine is your favorite? I don’t read as many magazines as what I used to. I find myself searching and browsing on the internet to keep up to date with what’s going on. I do enjoy getting publications of Tank Magazine, Another Magazine , ID, and National Geographic.
What do you see on stores that you think is really great?
To be honest, I am not really impressed with anything in stores at the moment. For the most part I kind of feel that we are in a stale period. At least in the High street fashion arena.
What motivates you? Music motivates me. It keeps me working when I have a long day in the studio. Lyrics and rhythm inspire me. I often find Musicians and artist to be muses for me. I love Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, and the late Michael Jackson.
What’s next for you?
Right now, I have some designs that I am developing that I feel will change the way women are wearing shoes. You will have to keep an eye on my website www.howtofashiondesign.com for details.
What do you do in your down time?
I do try to sleep when I can though I very rarely get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a day. Again I love music and love watching live music and dancing to it. When I dance I feel at ease. I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you Bob for taking the time to talk to us and if you want to know more about Bob Martin visit his site www.howtofashiondesign.com.