M2MALLETIER is a new brand created by Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez. The girls met in New York while attending Parsons School of Design. They moved to Europe and lived in various cities until they finally decided to start their own line. Melissa was living in Paris and Marcela had just moved to Barcelona.
Their studio is located in an old 19th century cement factory turned family compound by Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements- stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing and pieces of iron hanging in the air. The girls were inspired by every line and texture that can be found throughout this surreal and magical space. Each room is unique and constructed with materials such as cement, brass and marble. The elegant styles come in six variations and in classical tones.
Greatest inspirations or influences?
We were inspired by medieval medical instruments, swords, armor, and architecture.
1930's French interior designer Jean- Michel Frank and Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill have also been strong references throughout the entire creative process and their work translates in a very pure and mysterious way throughout the collection.
Challenges of starting your own collection?
The greatest challenge was to find an amazing manufacturer that could deliver exquisite quality. We were lucky to find the perfect factory for this and they are now part of our family.
Fashion icons in your opinion?
Marie-Laure de Noailles.
Favorite websites, blogs, publications?
- 032c, Industrie, Numéro, The New Yorker