her heart x MAN The Label
Posted on 23rd October, 2013
Founded in 2011 by Sheila Man, MAN The Label followed Sheila’s time spent working with Bassike and Fernando Frisoni, to create her own hand-constructed and unisex pieces.
This season MAN extend its offering with finer pieces in dainty chains and delicate hexagonal charms along with ‘M’ kinked metals that sit alongside the signature statement pieces. The campaign has been released just in time for the Spring Racing carnival. With its dark and moody equestrian theme, it’s a much more moody accent to the usual spring flair…
The collection is earthed through its raw appeal & trades on Sheila’s eye for drawing unique inspiration out of simple geometries. I caught up with Sheila prior to the kick off of this year’s Carnival…..
HHCF: How would you describe what you do?
SM: What I do is product design. I feel most comfortable saying that I’m a product designer rather than a jewellery designer.
HHCF: How did your journey into design begin?
SM: I was exposed to art and design all of my life as I was born into a family of designers. I began designing nearly 10 years ago (first fashion and now jewellery and accessories). I think design was always within me. I just one day open that part of my brain and I haven’t stopped since!
HHCF: What do you enjoy designing most and why?
SM: I enjoy designing jewellery and accessories the most. You can have a lot more fun with it. I think clothing design sometimes can be limited if you want a commerciality to it. But jewellery and accessories give you more freedom and space to create without so many restrictions.
HHCF: What’s your favourite piece from the new collection Equinox?
SM: I love the MAN block ring. I think it really represents MAN.
HHCF: Highlight of your career so far?
SM: Being featured as a designer to watch by both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar was pretty exciting. But I think the best is yet to come!
HHCF: Your best piece of advice for other aspiring artists and designers would be?
SM: Take every piece of advice with a grain of salt. Do what you like – what you believe is your aesthetic. Don’t try being someone you are not. And don’t listen to people that say you can’t do something – that’s just the reflection of their own lack of capabilities.
HHCF: What’s next in the pipeline for you?
SM: A beautiful AW Collection!