For Him. By Her. We take a look at Mocaro, a super lux avant-garde statement accessories brand
London-born designer Monisha Robinson is the founder and designer of Mocaro, a leading men’s avant-garde statement accessories brand.
Mocaro, which can be described as both opulent and distinctive, is inspired by British style and culture which has influenced international fashion trends for decades. By incorporating silver and vermeil as part of its signature style it is clear that this brand was created for the modern-day man who wants to stand out from the crowd.
It was during her work experience placement at secondary school that Monisha realized she was born to work in the fashion industry. She was fortunate enough to gain work experience as a theatrical costumier assistant for the critically acclaimed Matthew Bourne play Edward Scissor Hands at Sadler’s theatre and the experience left an indelible mark on her.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Monisha to find out a little more about her background as well as her leading luxury men’s fashion brand.
What makes great luxury men’s accessories?
Craftsmanship, innovation, authenticity and thinking ahead of trends.
What made you want to start your own brand?
My love for design. I had my first work experience in school with a theatrical costumier for the Matthew Bourne play Edward scissor hands and later studied fashion design and business at the London college of fashion. There after I worked as an intern in Hatton Garden with skilled jewellers who have been in the industry for several years and felt very inspired by their craftsmanship and skills. I then decided to realize my love for design and use my expertise in these areas to create innovative products and bring something original and unique to the men’s market.
What have been your biggest triumphs?
Changing the way classic items are seen and being one of the few women in the UK creating luxury accessories for men.
What makes a great bow tie?
Innovative design, shape and quality of fabric. It is also crucial to have the right shirt and collar, which enhances the bow tie’s distinctiveness.
What makes bow ties so special? Why are they considered to be so timeless?
Bow ties are often worn on very special occasions such as weddings, Black tie events, award ceremonies. Bow-ties are considered timeless because they exude class, sophistication, confidence and power.
How important is the choice of material when making your bow ties?
Choice of the material is an essential process when creating Mocaro bowties. We get our silks woven in mills in the UK and we carefully select every detail, colour and tone for every fabric we chose. It is vital that precious metals used are hallmarked at the London Assay office giving all signature piece’s authenticity.
What is your design process and inspiration?
My current inspiration comes from natural minerals where I identify the story, meaning, form and structure of each mineral. I then create mood boards, collages, sketches and make 3D designs ideas, moulded out of a variety of raw materials before I finalise my designs.
What are your tips for men’s styling?
Identify styles you like and stick with items that suit your body structure. Being familiar with items and having the right cut will boost your confidence. Classic neutral colours such as black, navy, grey, olive and cream often goes well with bold accessories and elevates the style you would like to achieve.
What is the future of luxury fashion?
Personalisation services which involves technology. I also believe sustainable fashion is extremely important because there has been a shift towards consumers having a social responsibility and environmental awareness.
What is one thing you want any man wearing your bow ties to remember?
I would like every man to remember every compliment they received when wearing a Mocaro bowtie and keep smiling!