Interview: LF Markey

British fashion label LF Markey develops modern and feminine women’s clothing inspired by workwear and utility clothing. Every collection includes bold colours and high quality fabrics supporting the strong image of the label. Founder ex-Burberry designer, Louise Markey is the key of the success that the label has had. This is our interview with her.

Hello, how are you?
I’m great – thank you!

So, how did LF Markey start?
I launched LF Markey after finishing my master’s at Central Saint Martins. For many years it was a side business / expensive hobby! In 2014 I started to focus on the label full time.

What is your background and when did you decide to go into Fashion?
My background is in fashion and I studied my BA in Sydney and my MA later in London. In between the two I worked as a designer at Burberry.

How long does it take to design something from scratch?
It takes a long time to set up a new design- from sketch to finalised sample can take a few months. LF Markey is all about slow fashion, the evolution and perfecting of an idea over the course of many seasons and even years. So I only launch a few completely new designs each season.

“LF Markey is a vibrant, bold and exciting label. Providing us with the look that is so NECESSARY in our lives”

Do you have a favourite design?
I always love boilersuits! I have several different variations in each collection.

What is your key focus when designing something new?
I’m very conscious to keep to the LF Markey philosophy of simplicity, geometry, utility and bold colours. I also try to keep a level of femininity to the clothing.

What do you think makes a good design work?
The most important things are proportion, quality, fabrication and colour choice. But then the details can make a big difference to, such as thread colour and weight of stitch. Hence the long development process and continuous tinkering with existing styles!

If you could give any advice for a person that wants to go into fashion design what would it be?
It’s a long road, stick with it and try to carve out your niche from day one.

Describe your work in one word.
I can’t!

Describe yourself in one word.
Pragmatic.

How would you define culture?
The wonderful product of collective consciousness and a reasonably long period of human existence.

Find out more about LF Markey here via the official website.

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