“A lot of people think sustainability is just using organic fabrics, but for us, it’s ever-evolving.” DJ Mag is speaking with Sean Cosgrove, co-founder and creative director of Mara, a clothing brand based in Glasgow. Over the last two years, Sean has worked alongside a close-knit team of friends to create the brand, striving for alternatives to products made overseas, after learning about “fast fashion” from a young age.
“My mum worked in fashion for 30 years, and she was always travelling to places like Bangladesh, China, and Pakistan,” Sean says. “She used to talk about how, when they knew my mum or other visitors were coming, they’d hide loads of stuff, and make out like they’re squeaky clean. So, I always had this idea that there was something quite dark and shady about the fashion industry.”
There’s a chance you’ve already seen the Mara collection; DJs like Big Miz and Liam Doc are supporters, and after meeting Bristol label Sector 7’s Boofy and Hi5Ghost while working at Dimensions festival, Mara made its first Boiler Room appearance with the latter. Music is a huge part of what Mara do — Sean grew up playing in hardcore and metal bands, and now produces electronic music as SENGA. “A big ethos of the brand is DIY, which definitely comes from the music scene,” he says. “When you’re in bands or a DJ and you’re just starting out, you make your own stuff, your mates design it. We’ve tried to keep that going. We get mates to embroider swing tags and labels, and we cut them out ourselves.”