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Here Come The Mexicans

There is an impressive Mexican fashion wave coming over us, thanks to a special trio of labels.

A triumvirate of sartorial power is rising from Mexico in the form of fashion labels Teamo, T.E.M.O.R.E.S and Marvin & Quetzal. Young and ambitious, all three labels, each unique in their own way, want Mexican fashion to take the world by storm. From the Nu-rave inspired club wear of Marivin & Quetzal to the structured sports inspired wear of T.E.M.O.R.E.S to the dry humor and softly edgy femininity of Teamo, Mexican fashion is anything but what you expect it to be. Breaking the paradigm of folksy, dusty desert wear and inflated religion, the designers of these three labels take a moment to talk to Dazed Digital about Mexico and fashion.

Dazed Digital: How old are you?
Teamo: Roberto 26, Rafael 24 years old.
Marvin & Quetzal: 28.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: 25.

DD: How long have you been designing?
Teamo: We have been designing for over 6 years. We started designing together for Teamo 3 years ago.
M & Q: Five years.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: One year, I just showed my 2nd collection.

DD: Where are you based?
All: Mexico City.

DD: What inspires you at the moment?
Teamo: This collection is inspired by the  traditional "day of the death" in Mexico, as well as our dreams, fears, fantasies, and introspection.
M & Q: I just went to “A Shaded View on Fashion Film” in Mexico City and was really inspired by all the films that I saw and talent I didn’t know about. I met Diane Pernet afterwards and she asked me to submit a film. It is very inspirational to me to do something new like directing, and something else than just do clothes, to have a new perception about fashion and a new way to express it.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: Everyday life, my friends, people around.

DD: How would you describe your style?
Teamo: Sexy, sarcastic, funny, raw.
M & Q: It’s something hard to explain because I am in continuous growth but if I had to say something about it, I would say is lucid, fun, very pop, it’s something like east meets west, a mix between European and ethnic inspired. It also comes from my own experiences and my very own way of seeing things, even feelings… That’s where a lot comes from.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: It's just a reflection of what's around me, the way I interpret other people's style in the street.

DD: Were you interested in fashion while growing up?
Teamo: Of course, since we were both very young we had the fashion "bug", and we were always lucky enough to be surrounded with people who were in the business and could teach us. Mass media, fashion magazines, books and casualties made our interest grow.
M & Q: Yes, I started getting interested in fashion since I was around 12. I loved watching runway shows on TV.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: Yeah, all the time.

DD: What was your favourite outfit from your youth?
Teamo: High waisted baggy jeans, cargo boots and a "Boy London" shirt!
M & Q: It was a pair of black cotton shorts with a neon color print. I used to wear them with one of my favorite t-shirts but can’t remember which one, socks and black lace shoes with beige robber sole and a watch I loved that had a fake crocodile strap.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: I had a pair of Ralph Lauren overalls and Dr Marten's boots.

DD: What is special or unique about Mexican fashion?

Teamo: Mexico is rich in history, culture, traditions, colors, natural resources and when Mexican designers are able to transcend that and interpret it in their personal way, uniqueness and a fresh point of view in fashion are achieved.
M & Q: I think there is a surreal combination of a lot of elements, like for example, you still see a lot of people in the streets wearing very 80’s or 70’s style clothes and are not afraid of wearing that kind of things. Is very spontaneous they don’t really think too much about how they put their clothes together. And I find a lot of inspiration from Mexican culture and the colorful part of it like their folklore. 
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: At the moment, nothing much.

DD: Who are your favourite designers and why?

Teamo: Firstly, we adore Hussein Chalayan because of his artistic and conceptual vision about fashion. He knows no limits and will create the "impossible". We also love Jean Charles de Castelbajac because of his originality. He creates trends, has an amazing eye for color and image aesthetics, and just has the best runways.
M & Q: John Galliano, because from my perspective he is a great artist, he has the faculty of mixing everything he can think of and make it fabulous every time. He is over the top and in that there is always a balance. I also love that he always takes women feminity to the extreme and are glamorous. He is also very theatrical as well as his shows.

Nicolas Ghesquière, because his designs are always innovative and have a futuristic feel. I like that he promotes new techniques and creates new materials that are almost from another world. Ghesquière shows are very androgenic, solemn and the models can have a very futuristic look almost like robots.

I also like what Francisco Costa did for Calvin Klein’s Spring 09 Men’s collection; it was minimalist, fresh and very modern. I loved his use of color for the collection, in particular the monochromatic neon looks and the jeans.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: Vivienne Westwood... I wanna be like her when I grow up.

DD: Who do you imagine wearing your clothes/who would be your ideal customer?
Teamo: Our clothes are for men and women, but we do have some pieces that are unisex, and that is what Teamo is about. Our clothes look amazing on people who are self confident, and who are interested and knowledgeable about the fashion trends all around the world. Teamo is for care free people who are not afraid, take chances, and succeed.
M & Q: I design for young people or young spirits that are not afraid to express themselves.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: Anyone that doesn't take trends too seriously.

DD: Where do you see Mexican fashion in 10 years time?

Teamo: If we keep working hard, Mexican fashion could become a stronger industry. It is important for bigger brands to start supporting the younger and upcoming designers, as well as people with money to start buying Mexican fashion and stop thinking about only buying brands overseas.
M & Q: If things go they way they have in the past few years, I think Mexican fashion would be in an international level and there will be more Mexican designers known internationally.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: Better than it is now.

DD: What are your plans for the future/ next season?
Teamo: We are starting to work on a showroom in NYC which is very exciting, and as for our collection, it is inspired by Alister Crowley, tarot and all its symbolic meanings, poetry, etc.
M & Q: Travel a lot. I feel is very nourishing and inspirational. And regarding my next season… Stay tuned.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: Keep going.

DD: Do you want to give your label a worldwide presence?

Teamo: Of course and we are in that process, but sometimes being independent designers is hard work because we need to be on top of everything, public relations, marketing, design, etc...but slowly and securely we have been able to grow and we have landed exposure in WWD, Nylon, Amelia´s magazine, Slurp, etc... Which is always very exciting.
M & Q: Yes, definitely. Being a designer takes a lot of effort and I would love for people around the world to wear my clothes. And at the end what I do is for the people, not only nationally but internationally too.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: I would love to!

DD: How has the world responded so far to Mexican fashion?

Teamo: It's funny because a lot of people are amazed that there is fashion in Mexico. A lot of them don't even know about Fashion Week Mexico! But then when they learn about it they become interested. We met Chloe Sevigny in New York and she was amazed that Mexico was creating fashion! She loved our stuff as well as M.I.A and The Misshapes.
M & Q: I think a lot of people are kind of confused about it, it has been somehow unexpected to some but I think people are responding good to it and are curios to see what happens next. They are realizing that people in Mexico have the same taste as them, and feel identified with Mexican style, especially young fashion.
T.E.M.O.R.E.S: They're somewhat curious.

DD: Can we buy your collection anywhere? If so, where?
Teamo: You can order pieces by myspace, and very soon in NYC at the showroom! Contact us, by our site or
M & Q: The runway looks are only available at my Showroom in Mexico and some pieces are in New High Mart in Los Angeles. I am also starting a new line called M&Q that is more commercial and affordable, that you can find in SICARIO and U-store in Mexico City. I am also working on my new site that will have an online store in the near future.