about MATTIJS VAN BERGEN
The label and collections reflect Mattijs van Bergen’s personal vision of fashion. Transparency and seasonless designs are part of his values to develop a more sustainable manner of running his business, as well as contributing to more sustainable fashion production and consumption.
‘Authentic women with strong personality touch me. Women with a natural softness with a clearly noticeable, natural impact. Women who have an impact on others and inspire them to do good. These contradictions, soft yet headstrong, are represented in my designs. I merge them into something new.’
Mattijs van Bergen’s designs carry his identity in their expression, they are each given fitting names, but they carry the same signature: plissés, pleated waists, hand cut or embroidered appliqués, layering fabrics, or daring and surprising material combinations. His style is outspoken, but more often refined and present in small details, but always present.
The studio follows two main principles of design.
1. There are no set seasons. We develop long lasting designs and sustainable products. We focus on single, signature designs – each item is launched when the time is right – thus breaking with the traditions of extensive clothing collections.
2. In a saturated fashion market we choose our own path. Couture is our bespoke service tailored fit to each, individual customer. We work closely together to develop a custom, one-of-a-kind design.
Mattijs graduated with an MA of Central Saint Martins College in London in 2005. Before, he studied fashion design at Artez Institute of Fine Arts in Arnhem in the Netherlands. He launched his namesake label MATTIJS in 2008. Press like British Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and stores like Browns Focus and Luisa Via Roma soon picked up on his colourful and detailed collections.
In 2012 he wins the Mercedes Benz Dutch Fashion Award en de International Fashion Incubator Award for best Dutch designer to break through internationally. In 2013 the collection ‘Complemenair’, based on the work of fellow Dutchman Vincent van Gogh gets him a lot of recognition.
The label is renamed Mattijs van Bergen in 2015, representing the new, personal view on the designing and the workings of the fashion world. The studio breaks with the rhythm of seasonal collections and start working in capsule collections and projects. Art proves his greatest inspiration and so the collection ‘Photo to Fashion’, based on the photographic collection of the Nederlands Fotomuseum is another milestone in 2015, next to designing the formal attire for the W Hotel Amsterdam that same year.