Marcell Pustul, best known as the designer behind the fashion brand Marcell von Berlin, shares with Fräulein why he dedicated his recently launched latest collection to his muse: the female he refers to as ‘the stronger sex.’ Marcell also talks about how he started out as a fashion designer himself, and gives advice to those working in the creative realm.
Your latest SS21 women’s collection pays homage to powerful women and their inner path to sensuality, pleasure and deep fulfilment. You chose to represent this in the form of a flame print, seen on a majority of the pieces throughout the collection. Who specifically inspired this collection? Are there any women in particular who you think have this burning flame and desire in their hearts?
I am surrounded by so many strong women in my personal, but also professional, environment. I admire their strength, bravery, perseverance, and their assertiveness, also seen throughout history. What women have had to fight for for years, if not for centuries, which men often took for granted! Women are indeed the stronger sex!
Your grandmother had a great influence on you. Did she in some way shape and help you become a designer?
My grandmother was a very talented seamstress. From her, I got my passion for fashion and I learned most of the basic skills. That is why and how I moved from Poland to New York at the early age of 17, which is where I had my first fashion internships. I started studying at Parsons School of Design. Then, after a couple years of working for different international designers in New York, I felt the urge to create my own designs and I launched my own label in 2012.
You used to live in Berlin, but later moved to Los Angeles. What did you like most about living in Berlin?
I lived in Berlin for a couple of years and I learned a lot from the city. Much of what I took for granted is, unfortunately, not the given case in every part of the world. The freedom to be who you are, to love who you want, and of course, to dress as you please. This freedom is what I want to reflect in my fashion. In Berlin I learned to tolerate every concept of life, and to be at peace with myself. I was born and raised in a little town in Poland, you know… If you have a look at the political situation at the moment, it’s a shame.