You see MYAR as a modern way of looking at the past, how do you give a second life to those perfect heritage pieces?
Every garment has its own history. We document everything creating a QR code for each garment, and the QR code contains meticulous research in respect to the past and records the processing steps of small Venetian tailors. The used garments we buy are selected one by one, because many are completely dirty or ruined, missing buttons and zippers. Many used garments are not even the original ones, but replicas. The selection is important. The garments are sanitised (we use the term ‘sanctified’) and then we start customising them, and this is also documented in the QR code. These garments will then have a future in the buyer’s hands, who’s now a part of MYAR. This is for us the modern way of looking at the past. This vision shows through MYAR’s organisation as well. It’s also a different way of working and looking for creative solutions.
MYAR started with a trousers collection. Today, it offers Hawaiian shirts, tops, bottoms and there’s even a capsule collection with Italian sneaker brand Superga. Where do you see the future of MYAR? Do you have any projects in mind?
Yes, of course! We have many projects in the works. We’re gathering up some MYAR allies in the art and music field. We’re going to create for other people, sharing out knowledge and experiences in upcycling. Creating a positive encounter between the past military use and the urban contemporary approach. One day, I’d like to be able to photograph all those who have worked with MYAR. I can’t wait to get started!
Ending on inspiration, do you have any special places in the world where you like to go? A special vintage market or an old bookstore, perhaps?
Yes, I have many! Japan has always amazed me, there’s some places in unknown streets of Tokyo, near Koenji, that have magazines and military books of all kinds. ‘Militaria’, in Novegro, is the flea market where I met many military fans and collectors. ‘Sabre Sales’, in Portsmouth (UK), is the shop that provided me with the best products and ideas for MYAR. The military world is very special: you get passionate about it and then you get to know everyone in this world, as it’s really small. Everyone has a story to tell and share, and you can get a lot of inspiration from all those stories, especially those of the older veterans. As a result of that, I became very intrigued by it and began to create.