"I never dreamed of being a big designer, I don't care about being known all over the world." Isabel Marant told the WSJ. Despite her best efforts, or rather because of her best efforts in the design studio, Marant is nonetheless a fashion force with a following bordering on the cultish — her collaboration with H&M in 2013 saw shoppers queueing from 4am to purchase her products.
Marant began designing only for her friends, but following her collaboration with Christopher Lemaire, Marant chose to make fashion her profession, quickly establishing herself as a fixture of Paris’ ready-to-wear week.
Marant’s laid back aesthetic, littered with rock girl references, tactile fabrics and a Parisian’s attitude to silhouette: long and lean or louche and short is a short cut to Parisienne chic. Alexander Wang is to New York what Marant has been to Paris for 15 years.
Marant’s designs both her main collection and her diffusion line, Isabel Marant Étoile, both are sold all over the world, through over 800 wholesale doors. The brand also has multiple directly-owned boutiques, including three in the US, and an e-commerce site. However the designer told W she approached own store expansion with caution, “When you have too many stores, everything is so important; if you have a failure somewhere, everything comes crashing down.”
Marant told WSJ, "I once said that I'm anti-consumerist, and that goes against the work I do. It caused a scandal: 'Who is she to think that? She is going against her clientele.' But I do fashion because I'm happy when somebody gets joy from a new garment. There is a magic side to this."