The menswear designer talks about the state of east London...
Dazed & Confused: Who are you and what do you do for a living?
Martine Rose: Martine Rose, menswear designer.
D&C: Where in east London are you based?
Martine Rose: Seven Sisters, actually.
D&C: What first attracted you to the area and how long have you been working here?
Martine Rose: My first studio was in Clerkenwell... it was cheap and felt industrial.
D&C: How has east London changed the most since you've been here? Why do you think that is?
Martine Rose: It went and grew up and got expensive... that's what happens in London it seems!
D&C: What is the most exciting part of your local creative community?
Martine Rose: People doing what they love fearlessly.
D&C: Has the area informed your creative work at all and if so, how?
Martine Rose: Only by virtue of being distinctly London, that's the most influence on my work.
D&C: Is it possible to say Silicon Roundabout aloud without laughing?
Martine Rose: I'm not laughing...
D&C: What's your favourite East End hangout?
Martine Rose: I used to hang out here a lot more, now my favourite hang outs are my mates houses/studios.
D&C: Does anything annoy you about the area? If so, what?
Martine Rose: The bullying of the original residents, to make them feel completely marginalised... Broadway Market... I mean, that's just annoying!
D&C: What are you going to do during the Olympics – stay or flee? Why?
Martine Rose: I'd like to think that I would flee, but I'll probably be here muttering and cussing under my breath.
D&C: Is east London dead?
Martine Rose: To who?
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