The Clothing Company Interpreting Ideas Of Protection, Preservation And Humanity Through Artisanal Craftsmanship

December 8, 2023

Fashion collective MARGN was founded in 2020 by designers Ranjit Yadav and Saurabh Maurya, launching its capsule collection the subsequent year. Based in India, Margn navigates notions of protection, preservation, and humanity, merging disparate elements of their Indian upbringing into compelling personal stories.

They reminisce about stories of being huddled under quilted blankets with friends, sitting on chattais (handwoven mats) having their hair oiled and growing up in small towns of Northern India where fashion was an exotic word, using these memories to influence their stylistic choices. Combining this heritage with ideas of protection, Margn's collections are a nod to artisanal craftsmanship with sharp tailoring and a focus on handknits whilst referencing functional workwear.

"I have always been a kind of introverted person. During the most vulnerable times, I turned towards making clothes. Clothes have always been there for me and helped me find a lot about myself, and I hope the clothes we create at Margn do the same for others." - Saurabh Maurya

'We recently launched our Fall Winter-23 collection at Pitti Uomo and our Paris Showroom. With this collection, we traversed human systems through the concepts of shelter. I wanted to approach handmade craft through a functional perspective. The idea of making things by hand is quite inherent to me. Amalgamating this ideology to create something functional comes from exploring various human systems. Imagine a handcrafted water repellent jacket that is quilted entirely on a handloom.' – Saurabh

"We are working toward bequeathing Margn as a way of life, percolating ideas of making things by hand combined with functionality, fostering the power of preservation and stringing together concepts of absurdity."

After being invited to Pitti Uomo twice as one of the few brands from and based in India and their successful presentation at Margn's first showroom in Paris, the brand is garnering engagement on a global level. From being featured in Vogue France, Vogue Philippines to Spur Japan, Margn has also been one of the top-10 global finalists of Mr Porter Futures and the only brand from India to present during Discovery LAB by London Fashion Week, 2022. The brand was recently selected for a six-month mentorship programme by the business strategist at Farfetch and the Menswear Buyer at Dover Street Market London under the Diet Paratha Family Mentoring.

Words BLEACH MAGAZINE

Photography, Editor NISHANT GAUTAM
Styling PLOTLINE STUDIO
Makeup INSHAH
Talent  KUMAR ABHISHEK, ANUJ KOHLI
Design Assistant SHREYA SACHDEVA