MISBHV (pronounced "misbehave") is a Polish streetwear label established by Natalia Maczek in 2014. It is based in Warsaw and has around 90 retailers worldwide.[1][2][3]

MISBHV
IndustryFashion
Founded2007; 15 years ago (2007)
FounderNatalia Maczek
Headquarters
Warsaw
,
Poland
Area served
Worldwide
Websitemisbhv.com

Background and historyEdit

In 2008, Natalia Maczek was studying law at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Maczek discovered fashion during a stay in London where she worked a few summer jobs. Back in Poland, she launched a side project along with her partner Tomek Wirski, a DJ. The two started making fake designer t-shirts for their friends to wear at clubs.[4][5][6][7][8]

In January 2015, Maczek and Wirski gave their first fashion show at a tiny showroom in Paris. Some of their first customers were MARGIELA, GR8, Antonioli and BROWNS. Later that year, MISBHV was included in New York Fashion Week, where it debuted its Spring/Summer 2017 collection, inspired by David Bowie who had died earlier that year, with quotes from his 70s songs scattered across many products from t-shirts to leather jackets.[2][6][9][10]

In the same year, Rihanna work a Matrix-black MISBHV jacket during her a performance in London.[11][12]

MISBHV put together its first runway presentation, "Polish Jazz", at Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science to debut its Spring/Summer 2019 collection. For the show, Maczek and Wirski paid tribute to Poland, referencing 1966 Warsaw poster art and collaborating with Polish artist Roslaw Szaybo.[13][14][15]

The name "MISBHV" is inspired by a record store Maczek used to visit when she was eighteen.[16]

The brand has its headquarters in a studio in Krakow's Zabłocie district, in the former "Telpod" cable factory.[17][18]

InfluencesEdit

Emerging from Warsaw’s techno-punk scene, Maczek and Thomas are always interested in exploring the intersection of fashion and the underground, with music playing a key role in every creative endeavor. The brand's aesthetic is rooted in the hip-hop and club scenes of post-socialist Poland, and infused with a DIY sensibility The duo cite a uniquely European perspective on rave and club culture, memories of their youth in post-socialist Poland, the disco trend of the 1990s and the raw style of motorcyclists as their most significant influences.[19][20][21][4]

The duo are inspired by multiple artists including the early works of Jean Arp when creating their signature camouflage, Andy Warhol when working on prints, and the color palette of Paul Cezanne.[22]

Pop cultureEdit

In 2020, MISBHV was the first fashion label featured on Grand Theft Auto.[23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Remsen, Nick. "MISBHV Fall 2018 Menswear Collection". Vogue. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  2. ^ a b "How Polish brand MISBHV are building an underground empire in a push for a sustainable future". LOVE. 2020-04-02. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Melanie (2020-03-06). "The freshest European fashion brands – in pictures". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  4. ^ a b SSENSE (2018-05-29). "Operating Off-the-Grid with MISBHV". ssense. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  5. ^ Murray, Georgia. "Meet MISBHV, Your New Favourite Streetwear Brand". www.refinery29.com. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  6. ^ a b "MISBHV: What You Need to Know About the Polish Clothing Brand". Highsnobiety. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  7. ^ "Europe - Global Student Entrepreneur Awards". gsea.org. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  8. ^ "Natalia Maczek z MISBHV: mam nerwy ze stali, a serce z waty cukrowej [Small talk]". www.elle.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  9. ^ "8 Female-Owned Streetwear Brands to Keep on Your Radar - Women's Streetwear". www.lofficielusa.com. 2021-03-19. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  10. ^ "Here's Why You Should Pay Attention to Polish Brand MISBHV". Complex. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  11. ^ "Rihanna's Fenty Menswear Line Is Full of Grails". Highsnobiety. 2020-09-26. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  12. ^ Sheena (2016-08-22). "Rihanna in Misbhv Hard Core Jacket at V Festival". Haus of Rihanna. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  13. ^ Remsen, Nick. "MISBHV Spring 2019 Menswear Collection". Vogue. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  14. ^ "SS19 MISBV collection (Dazed)". 11 June 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "MISBHV Brought 1966 Warsaw Into The Present Day for SS19". Highsnobiety. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  16. ^ "Brandwiki MISBHV". www.gate194.berlin. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  17. ^ Remsen, Nick. "MISBHV Fall 2018 Menswear Collection". Vogue. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  18. ^ "MISBHV".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Polska, Vogue (2018-02-06). "MISBHV conquers the world". Vogue Polska (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  20. ^ "Q&A | Natalia Maczek and Thomas Wirski of MISBHV". Flaunt Magazine. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  21. ^ SSENSE (2018-05-29). "Operating Off-the-Grid with MISBHV". ssense. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  22. ^ "MISBHV SS19: An Ode to Poland and Art". Whitewall. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  23. ^ Satenstein, Liana. "Grand Theft Auto Features Its First Fashion Label". Vogue. Retrieved 2021-06-17.