In November, Mark Quick opened his first standalone retailer in Beijing, the primary of many he’s planning to launch over the following 12 months as he expands his retail footprint in East Asia with the assistance of a brand new enterprise companion within the area. At a time of speedy progress for the Canadian-born designer’s 12-year-old model, there’s just one draw back: he hasn’t but been in a position to go to the shop because of the ongoing journey restrictions. “It appears very surreal to see all of it rising after I’m not there, and I actually miss going to China, however it’s all very thrilling,” Quick says.
For his newest assortment again in his adopted hometown of London, Quick was trying to a unique form of journey, nonetheless: one which took him twenty thousand leagues beneath the ocean. Whereas Quick’s calling card was as soon as his creative use of knitwear to craft clingy, party-ready mini attire, he’s been rigorously increasing his vary to incorporate extra playful, sporty items and a rising menswear line too. But it surely’s his “demi-couture” items that dazzle most, right here coming within the type of extravagant attire that includes slinky knitted bustiers that erupted into feathers and sequins in a spectrum of greens and blues that carried a distinctly underwater shimmer.
“When I discovered myself stripping the whole lot again in my life, I discovered myself actually craving nature and the fundamentals of the earth,” Quick defined of his major supply of inspiration. “I began to obsess over researching underwater creatures and the deep blue sea, simply discovering all these mysteries that I by no means knew and completely different animals I had by no means heard of.” Even when journey is wanting more and more seemingly later this yr, and Quick could discover himself in a position to toast the launch of his new shops sooner fairly than later, for now he’s completely happy to be impressed by the unlikely rabbit holes he’s headed down throughout quarantine. In his personal phrases: “It is all about discovering magnificence within the unknown.”