I'm extremely proud to have been voted by my industry peers as one of the USA's top denim designers for 2020 in this year's Sourcing Journal's Rivet 50, where the Top 50 Denim Industry Executives, Designers, Retailers, Influencers, and Chain Suppliers were recently announced. The Rivet 50 features and profiles diverse players in the denim business. It was compiled by more than 12,000 nominations and votes cast online, which determined the international honorees culled from five categories.
I love and respect it because I've been affirmed to be in the upper tier of talent by other professionals in the denim business who know and understand what that takes. I stopped going to parties and industry events a long time ago. I don't have a representative, nor do I ever go out to mingle with editors, stylists, and celebrities, which is what I did throughout most of my career. I fully understand, having someone if not yourself out in the mix of things, and building likes and followers is a key method for being recognized in the fashion & entertainment industries.
I ride my bike home from work, most days with my daughter sitting on the crossbar with dry indigo stained hands. Basically, never being seen or talked to, except for conversations with customers and staff. I keep to my work and family, which is why this was such a surprise to me. I no longer expect to be mentioned in media, songs, or name drops. I simply keep to my work. Understanding, when you're really good at something, things tend to work out. This is why I feel so honored to be recognized as one of the best by others in my field.
Here's an excerpt from the Sourcing Journal written by Angela Velasquez. Make sure to READ THE FULL ARTICLE on SJ's site.
Maurice Malone's designs are at the apex of where craftsmanship and streetwear meet.
As the creative mind behind two brands, Maurice Malone and Williamsburg Garment Company (WGC), New York-based denim stalwart Maurice Malone is able to flex his design muscles in a multitude of ways, while bringing a level of expertise and history to the jeanswear category.
Having started his namesake line when he was just 19 years old, the veteran earned his stripes during the ’80s and ’90s designing the era’s baggy jean silhouettes before mainstream labels made it trendy. In 1997, he earned a CFDA nomination for the Perry Ellis Award for Menswear.
Malone’s passion for denim and streetwear hasn’t waned. With WGC, Malone continues to execute raw Made in USA jeans, while the recently relaunched Maurice Malone line puts a modern spin on traditional techniques, serving as the apex where craftsmanship and streetwear meet. READ THE FULL ARTICLE...