This young designers style is simple, but his designs aren’t. Matthew, the guy behind the brand aspires to one day make it in an industry where high-end is typically dominated by white men. We got to catch up with the South Carolina native and he told us how it all started as well as where he’s headed! With little access out of his small town, he started what we know as Mattire’s Closet.
How would you describe your personal style?
Matthew: “Comfortable mixed with simplicity. I keep things pretty basic when it comes to my style. I’m always in a plain white tee, track pants or sweats, and some sneakers! I just really like being comfortable.”
Where are you from and how has that shaped your fashion sense?
Matthew: “I’m from Anderson, South Carolina it’s a very small town right outside Clemson. There’s not really that much to offer there when it comes fashion so I feel that kind of forced me to really create my own designs.”
How did Mattire come about and where do you see it headed over the next 3 to 5 years?
Matthew: “I actually had the idea for Mattire for several years. I just didn’t know where or how to start. I’ve always loved being able to express myself through fashion. I began brainstorming clothing items that were not being sold in various clothing stores in my area at the time, that I would wear but could not find. The process took a very long time, as I was in the midst of college and working a full-time job. I ended up taking a break from college and just worked full-time. I began researching different clothing manufacturers online… to make sure they were actually legit.
I finally took a chance and contacted them. Long story short, my first piece of clothing was pair of jeans… many liked them, many didn’t. I kind of expected that because they are different. Overtime, I perfected the stitching, design, and overall fit and I uploaded them for sale on a website that I created myself. I started to save all of paychecks from my job to fund my business and built my inventory.
Of course, things didn’t take off immediately, but I am thankful for all of my struggles as it taught me patience and the importance of consistency. You can do anything you want in life, as long as you’re consistent.
Where do you see Mattire in the next 3 years?
Matthew: “3-5 years from now I will definitely have a storefront. I want people to be able to experience what I have to offer in person, as well as public fashion shows. It’s gonna be in your favorite high-end department stores. I’m also working on other business ventures, as well!”
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Matthew: “Los Angeles. I just love the vibes out there, being able to be care-free, it’s so peaceful to me. Or overseas somewhere, like Ireland or Australia. They seem to be in their own little world.”
Matthews Favorite Fashion Brands
DIONNE BY T. DIONNE, HMN ALNS, mnml
Chinatown Market, Fear of God
Can you tell us about an experience of yours that kept you pushing to build your brand?
Matthew: “Mainly in the beginning, I didn’t have as big of a budget to produce as many designs as I wanted. But, I learned that it’s best to start out with what you have and just push/market that one product until you make enough off that product to add more to your inventory. It can be overwhelming trying to start off with a lot of products!”
What are some key pieces you always have in your closet?
Matthew: “Tracksuits, for sure. In every color. Sweatpants and at least a couple pairs of comfy jeans.”
One person who inspires you?
Matthew: “My mom, and how hard she works. That same hard work and dedication that she embodies is applied to my brand. Also, looking at the glass as being half full instead of half empty. Whatever happens in life, I always look at it from a positive standpoint. Things could always be worse. So, it’s always important to be positive, grateful, and hard-working. She has definitely inspired me by instilling these qualities in me.”
Photos: Provided by Matthew