Marr Dollars | Creative | Clothing Designer
What was the driving force behind you becoming a clothing designer?
Ever since I was a child, I loved fashion. As a teen, I started sewing. One of my grandmothers makes upholstery. She does all the designs on her living room chairs and tables, so that’s who gave me the basics to sewing. I bought my own machine and jumped off the porch from there. My first design was a pillow case. As time went on I started tailoring pants.
Old school influences such as 70’s black exploitation films and 90’s rap covers have been your canvas of usage. What’s your process of choosing certain pieces for your creations?
The process, I must admit, is very…sporadic. I love black exploitation films. Street Fighter is one of my favorite games and I’m a fiend for fire, skeletons, and dollar signs. I like to flip flop though; Some days I want to ease my mind and other days, I get real intense and do a graphic. Each graphic is layered to perfection. It’s damn-near like making a beat and you gotta take your time. I’ll start on something and sit on it for a few minutes, have a few drinks, then come back and add a whirlwind of effects and changes to the original design. It must be perfect or else I won’t be satisfied and those usually get tossed.
Your clothing has roots in its unisex appeal. Do you consult with a team of individuals prior to the release of collections or does it all come from self?
As far as a team goes, there isn’t one. I make all my designs in house. Once the design is done, I contact the brand’s photographer FlexDame, and from there, we brainstorm on concepts, scenery, what model will fit the style of the piece, the whole 9-yards. Our main goal is to perfect the aesthetic as much as possible while making it tasteful for all viewers.
Above photos courtesy of @FlexDame
Who or what influences you in fashion and apparel?
As far as fashion goes, you have to be hip man. I keep tabs on all my favorite artists (Van Minnen, Matt Bailey, PollyNor, etc.) From there, I find their favorite artist, then I mix in my own way of making art. Before you know it, you’re in an entire artistic vortex of color blocks, geometric shapes and different fabric prints.
Many artists and creatives in Detroit have a piece of your apparel in their closet. What is it that sets your clothing apart from other brands in the city?
None of this art, these clothes, this lifestyle, or this brand is for me. This is all for the culture. This is for everyone to see. I want people to say Yo…. that actually came from my city. It’s never been about alternative gain. I don’t do this for money. I do this to test my talent as an artist. I’m breaking every limit until the bitter end I suppose.