24 Hours With... Taller Marmo
At the tender age of nineteen, Riccardo Audisio and Yago Goicoechea dropped out of school and began their brand, Taller Marmo, aiming to bring a bit of old world glamour back to fashion. Luckily for us, the risk paid off. Here they take us through 24 hours in their world - from Milanese coffee to start to dreams of kaftans to finish.
Breakfast with Taller Marmo. What’s on the menu?
The typical Italian breakfast on the go: a croissant, a cappuccino and a cigarette.
Do you have any morning rituals?
Shower and music, always.
What time do you usually arrive at the studio and what’s first on your To Do list?
We start at 9am and first thing is to have an espresso and go through emails.
Where is your studio located?
The studio is in the south of Milan, in a quiet neighbourhood that is growing fast since the opening of Fondazione Prada.
Have you always been based there?
No, until last year we had our studio in a very small town in the countryside of Piedmont where Riccardo grew up, which was a great experience because we were designing in the quietest environment ever - before that we were based in Dubai for around three years.
When did you start your label and why?
We were nineteen years old when we decided to drop out of school and start the brand. We wanted to build a brand that was driven by sourcing quality materials and not hype. We really wanted to see clothes full of glamour, fabulousness and drama again, but in a modern and effortless way.
Did you have prior experience in the fashion industry?
How did you settle on your current aesthetic?
Our aesthetic is based on our obsession with nostalgic imagery of inspiring chic women relaxing and enjoying themselves.
An alien from outer space lands on earth. How do you describe Taller Marmo to them?
Taller Marmo is a brand of clothes for women that want to feel fabulous and extraordinary without too much effort.
Who are the women that inspire your designs?
Veruschka, Peggy Guggenheim, Mina, Diana Ross, Marchesa Casati, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland.
Describe this season’s woman. Where does she live, what does she do, what are her interests?
She’s chill and fun. You’d probably see her strolling around Bali or partying at Burning Man. If she’s not around she’s doing pottery or meditating in a beach house in Formentera.
Your focus this season is based on the music of the 60s. Can you talk a little more about this?
Music was the best way to set the tone for the collection and channel that youthful optimism that was all around the world, but especially in London, during the famous Swinging Sixties.
What were you listening to to get in the mood?
A lot of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
Where else do you look to for inspiration?
Mostly cult movies, exhibitions and books. But there’s nothing more inspiring than looking at Milanese grannies at the bus stop and their excellent sense of style.
“There’s nothing more inspiring than looking at Milanese grannies at the bus stop and their excellent sense of style.”
What do you collect?
We’ve been collecting ceramics and pottery for a while now, especially faces, heads and masks from Northern Africa and Southeast Asia. Now we’ve started collecting classics made by the masters of Italian design from the 60s to the 80s - Cini Boeri, Mario Bellini, Tobia and Afra Scarpa, Joe Colombo, to name a few.
What do you avoid?
Do you have any rituals to get your creative juices flowing?
We usually travel before starting a new collection to clear our minds and find new ways to speak our language and make our aesthetic evolve.
What’s the most exciting thing about being a designer today?
Being connected with the world.
Where do you go to escape?
Best places for a quick escape are Ortigia in Sicily and Otranto in Puglia.
What do you wish you had more time for?
If you could dress anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Rossy de Palma.
When the working day is over, how do you unwind?
Last thing you do before bed?
What do you dream about?