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Marcia Patmos got a jump on her fashion career when, at the tender age of six, she created impeccably detailed outfits for her Barbies—picture high-waisted jeans and color-coordinated handbags. “As long as I can remember, I have been making things, ‘sewing’ at first with tape because my mom thought I was too young for needle and thread.” So no one was surprised when the New York native studied at Rhode Island School of Design, worked for the Barneys in-house sportswear brand, and then co-designed the very-buzzy knitwear line Lutz and Patmos.
In 2011, Marcia decided it was time to strike out on her own, and her laid-back but supremely elegant label M.Patmos is all about creating leather-patched cardigans, colorblock trousers, and twill cocoon coats that women just, well, really want to wear. “I like mixing fabrics, textures, and colors—playing around with different elements and balancing artisanal with something sleeker,” she explains. She produces locally in New York whenever possible, works with artisans in Bolivia to support fair-trade and fair-wage collectives, and is all about natural fibers—elements that, combined with her killer eye, clinched her the U.S.A. win for the prestigious International Woolmark Prize in 2014. These clothes might win awards, but the fact that they’re wardrobe workhorses makes Marcia equally proud: “Comfort is important, too. If your clothes feel good, you feel good.” —jane gauger
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