Teresa Martins Interview TM Collection

Last Saturday we have the pleasure to attend the TM Collection Fashion Show in Portugal Fashion Week, where her Creative Director Teresa Martins present her new collection “Entre Serras”, an amazing show, who take us to a magical world where the designer materialized trees above the heads of the models.

Visionary, creative and innovative, the Fashion Designer Teresa Martins (the creative Director of TM Collection) has one of the most exciting and meaningful careers in the international scene. Her contribution to this discipline has set new artistic standards. Today we are going to know more about Teresa Martins.


–  What were your beginnings in the Fashion World?

Back in the early 2000s, I had a home décor store named ‘Coisas da Terra’ (roughly translating in English as ‘things from Earth’). One day, one of our Indian textile suppliers brought a suitcase full of beautiful textiles (embroidered cottons, organdy, natural silks; these were all very uncommon and hard to find in Europe). I had just taken painting classes, and for some reason started envisioning all these fabrics in colorful clothes never seen before. I shared my vision with the supplier and he challenged me to follow him to India and bring to life a unique fashion collection. And so I did. We prepared a capsule collection to unveil at Maison et Objet fair in Paris in Spring-Summer 2005. The collection was a success and TMcollection was born.

– How is the woman who wear TM collection? What differentiates Tm Collection from another brands?

 The woman who wears TMcollection is sophisticated, artistic. She is someone who appreciates quality over pure fashion, and has a more mature advanced style.Our customers tend to be cosmopolitan, well-travelled, educated, and affluent. We find that our customers related very deeply to our values as a brand and to the collections we design. Our clients tend to be very dedicated to the brand. Sometimes, we are very fortunate to receive visits from clients who just want to meet us, spend an afternoon in our showroom and stores, and talk to the team! They love to embrace TMcollection’s lifestyle.


-Which is the fabric or material that you usually work in your collections?

Most fabrics are exclusive, natural and sourced especially for each collection. As base fabric, we tend to design with high-quality silk, hand-loomed cotton, linen, and wool.For the finishing touches, we love to use mother of pearl, and metallic threads. Our fabrics and materials are sourced in India and Portugal. We normally produce our collections in these countries as well.

-What can you tell us about your new collection “Entre serras”? Why this name?

Entre Serras in Portuguese translates roughly as “In between mountains”. This collection was inspired by the Northern Portuguese mountain ranges – particularly the beautiful landscape Serra da Estrela. The mountains austerity was mirrored in straight-shaped oversized silhouettes, with sober autumn colors in wool, velvet, silk, and cotton.

Since early conception, we wanted to design this collection so it would reflect and respect the Portuguese ancient traditions of wool manufacturing and usage.

– The staging is very important in your catwalks., your performance are always amazing. We had the pleasure of being with you on the backstage and you take care of everything. How do you feel minutes before the catwalk?

Thank you for your visit first of all! It was great to meet in person and have the opportunity to show you our work backstage. The idea for the fashion show usually develops when we are designing the collection. In the months before the show itself, we meet to develop the concept further and organize (from styling and casting, to the music, choreography and set). We always want our shows so to reflect much more than just fashion – we aim to create an environment, and particular atmosphere. We work hard so that the show embodies our TMcollection lifestyle.


-Could you confess a sublime moment lived in the Fashion World?

Right when we unveiled our first collection at Maison et Objet in 2005, I knew I want to take much further and present a collection at an internationally renowned fashion show. To show a collection in a catwalk was (and still is) the yardstick to become a great fashion brand. For this reason, I set the objective and we worked hard to reach it – It took us 4 years before we were ready to show our collection. TMcollection was invited to showcase the collection at Moda Lisboa in September 2009. I had never been in such a powerful public spotlight. When the show ended, all the audience stood up and gave a standing ovation. This feat was in the national news. I was tremendously fulfilled and proud of TMcollection.


-Where can we buy your clothes?

You can buy our collections on our online store (www.tmcollection.com), on our branded stores in Portugal, and in our amazing network of over 300 retailers in almost 40 countries around the world.


– What are your upcoming projects?

We working on our three running and upcoming collections – focusing in marketing our SS15 collection around the world, producing the FW15 in India and Portugal, and brainstorming our SS16 collection in Lisbon.On the side, we love special projects – these are great opportunities we are given to extend TMcollection’s lifestyle. We are designing exclusive wedding dresses for summer, decorating hotels and restaurants, and developing special collections for large clients in South Africa and France.

Thank you so much to Teresa Martins for granting me this interview. Van Der Lovers stay tuned to VDL for news about TM Collection


Amanda Chic

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