The artist tells Make it last about her style and sense of sustainability.
Artist Martine Langatta grew up between Manhattan and East Hampton. Coming from an artistic family, Martine started painting and photographing at an early age. Later on she moved to New York to study art and acting at Fashion Institute of Technology and Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Today Martine lives in Montauk with her boyfriend Juan and together they run their lovely shop Martineandjuan.
Make it last asks Martine about what she does to make it last.
Name an element that’s typical for your style?
– I would describe my style as an eclectic mix that reflects my mood and inspiration at the time. I would also say that my style is a representation of where I come from and how I was raised. My mother has always been someone who inspires me style wise, she is very chic and elegant yet still a strong working woman so I get some aspects from her. But I also spent a good 5 years only wearing my father’s and brother’s clothing and still love wearing my boyfriend’s clothing. So I would generally say my style is Tom boy Chic.
Most revolutionary fashion memory?
– There have been a couple! I remember being really young, about 9, and wearing dragon fly tights under jean shorts, big white platforms, two buns in my hair on top of my head like ears and a long sleeve t-shirt with a short sleeve over and a ton of bracelets… I remember that being a moment for me where I really started expressing my style more after that day. There have been moments after that but that was the most pivotal.
In what way is fashion present in your life?
– Fashion has a huge presence in my life. It has had a huge impact on who I am as a person, it is expression! Its a way to change your self day after day! I also make and produce clothing for a shop I own in Montuak, New York, so I work daily with fashion and get to see how it really influences and inspires people. Fashion has brought me together with so many wonderful people I have met and continue to meet!
How do you promote more sustainable fashion for someone who says she’s not into it?
– It can be difficult to promote sustainable fashion to people who are not in to it. I try to educate my friends and peers on the dangers of fast fashion and what it is doing to the environment and also self expression. If someone is not in to vintage they can make changes simply by shopping at smaller mom and pop shops. Also, many times it’s almost the same price to get something you dream of wearing tailor made as it is hunting for it.
How do you reason when you shop for clothes or beauty products?
– When I shop for clothes I like to really buy things that I feel like I can’t live without. I ideally try to buy things that I think are cohesive with my wardrobe and could last for a while. I also love to buy practical clothing like a fantastic winter coat that could last for years or some beautiful leather shoes or a great bag.
Would you like for your consumption patterns to be different?
– I do shop a lot!!!!! But its mostly vintage and consignment.
Where do you bargain sustainable or second hand clothes?
– Everywhere from the salvation army to high end consignment. I love the hunt.
What’s the best advice about how to live life in better balance with nature that you’ve ever been given?
– To always be yourself! To never have to feel like you have to do what others are doing.
If you had a billboard on Oxford Circus that all the shopping crazy people could see, what would you write on it?
– MAKE FOOD NOT WAR!
Give us a few practical tips on how to make our lifestyles more sustainable!
– Use less plastic! Never litter! I always use natural cleaning products and skin care products.
What sustainability issue is keeping you up at night?
– SO MANY! We all need to be gentle with this beautiful earth.
What do you wish became easier when it comes to fashion and sustainability?
– Sustainable clothing such as organic or clothing thats made in small production should be more accessible for people as far as prices go. The problem is that fast fashion has the monopoly because they are able to sell the products for so cheap.
Who is your style icon?
– I get so inspired from all kinds of people form all over the world, but I do love Jane Birkin’s style.
Follow Martine and Juan on Instagram: @martineandjuan
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