We went to discover Press at Work, the new collection by Matteo Pressamariti, a young designer who, in addition to explaining it to us, told us about his career and told us about his future goals. Find out more in our interview!
Tell us about yourself, your background and what you did before you started your brand.
I come from Imperia, in Liguria, a small provincial town, a very closed place where nobody talks about fashion. Despite this, however, you can get to do a job in this field. Personally, I got there thanks to my former girlfriend who informed me of the existence of the IED. So, after high school, I moved, enrolled and, after three years, I graduated with one of the best projects, parading to the final event.
Later, while working for a shoe brand, I won a national competition that allowed seven guys to develop their own brand. So I started, I went around Italy looking for someone to produce my creations.
Unfortunately with the organizers, it didn’t go well, but by then I had already started everything well and I decided to continue alone and start the brand.
Today I’m in my third season.
We are here for the launch of your collection “Press at work”. Tell us what it is about and to what it means this name.
More than a new collection, it is a project that has been going on for three seasons now. I started with the idea of making a leather shoe but giving it a more avant-garde face that a few years ago was going very well. The basic idea was inspired by the concept of work, but if in the beginning, it was that of the farmer, this time I was inspired by the work in the factory.
In practice, I take inspiration from everything around me and a city like Milan, full of buildings and construction sites inspires me a lot.
With Press at Work, I wanted to make a younger project, going back to the ’90s and the first approach I had with design when I made up the mopeds trying to make them special. As a boy, I had a garage where I worked with all my friends and alongside my father did the hardware, working with aluminum. Aluminum is a recurrent material in my creations today, and for me, it is a symbol of manual work. I’m also inspired by the work shoes that have a steel toecap inside, that’s why I took this element outside.
From the SS20 the collection has taken another point of view, focused on the reinterpretation of old shoes, taking the shapes of the 1930s and adapting them to modern ones, using materials such as nylon and leather. I wanted to play with these contrasts: the leather mixed with nylon, which meet and blend into my vision of shoe.
It’s been over a year since your first “Mother Teresa” collection. Has anything changed since then? Your taste, your research or even your creative process?
Certainly, for the better, I try to improve myself, to continue to learn anything. It is also a job that leads you to have many human relationships and teaches you how to manage them.
You are 28 years old and you have been crowned by Vogue Italia one of the next big things in the sector. What advice would you give to all those who want to undertake or have already undertaken a path in the world of fashion?
To only do this job if you’re in love with it. If not, I do not believe who can have the strength to go on every season because it is a job that changes you that you form and you have to be willing to change with him. Also because, in the field of fashion, staying on your own ideas is not the right move.
The key is to be able to change over time.
We are very curious to discover this collection, but we are also curious to know what your future projects will be and where you want to go.
The goal is to establish me with an Italian footwear brand, like, for example, Diadora.
In the future, I will continue this classic discourse by putting the sneakers and that world aside a bit, because although it’s a world that gives me the right stimuli to go on after a while you’re just bored of sneakers.
Also, I’m a guy who always wants to do something different and that’s why my research is to look at everything that’s already there and do what’s missing.