|BARCELONA, Apr 11, 2009 / — Comprising of two Latvian designers, Marite Mastina and Rolands Peterkops, MAREUNROL’S is an emerging fashion brand based in Riga. Both born in the summer of 1982 to civil servant parents in Soviet occupied Latvia, the young designers’ creative emergence coincided with Latvia’s independence and increasing exposure to various global cultures.
Keen to make the most of their newfound expression, they both decided to focus on fashion design in 1998, enrolling in the Riga College of Design and Arts. A friendship quickly developed, enhancing their creations as they inspired one another with each innovation.
Their emergence soon saw them stepping up onto the national stage and taking part in national fashion events and competitions. This led to work designing costumes for the two leading theatres in Riga, a popular feature length movie, a music video for a prominent rock band, and work as stylists for editorial fashion shoots, advertisements and other projects.
Still students, their names became familiar in Latvia and beyond, as their work was featured at fashion shows in the Baltic capitals, Berlin Fashion Week and the Latvian Fashion Exposé in Paris.
In 2005, MAREUNROL’S launched a niche line of jeans entitled mr jeans, further promoting its reputation in the underground fashion world. The continued organic growth of the designers saw them feature as finalists at the most prestigious competition for young fashion designers, ITS(6), in 2007, which significantly boosted their international profile, especially among fashion journalists and clients.
Later in 2007, and again in 2008, their presence at St. Petersburg Fashion Week led to great acclaim among the press in Russia. To date, MAREUNROL’S has been featured in significant publications in Europe, Russia and the USA.
Since 2006, MAREUNROL’S has enthusiastically taken part and supported the MOMENT fashion, music and arts event based in Riga, Latvia. The 2008 edition saw the MAREUNROL’S designers assume the role as art curators for a special MAREUNROL’S Moment event.
[Photo by Biel Sol]
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