It feels like 1001 nights since we had plans to travel to Marrakech to shoot our SS21 collection, its rich colours of amber, yellow and teal and sky and sea shades of blues and green against the backdrop of sandstone was all we could think about. The myriad of spices and the ‘suq’ full of entertainment would be evident in our imagery. Then came Covid. (insert slamming on of aeroplane brakes here).
But we are creative, right? We make beautiful clothing to dress men in from all over the world. And all of them have missed travel. So we had to think of another way to present the collection.
Malta is used as a film location because it resembles so many places. We kicked around the idea of picking out some Moorish architecture and using that as our backdrop. But while this was happening, somebody mentioned that many of the things we were looking for, were on our doorstep.
It was a bit of an ‘aha’ moment. Millions of tourists come to Malta every year and that number has increased year on year since the 1960s, so what do they come for, what do they see that we, while not living on holiday, don’t see.
Wow how we take what we have for granted. Places some of the team hadn’t visited since childhood, and some had never visited at all were pointed out to us by resident Englishman, and Gagliardi’s designer, Paul, who sees Malta with fresh and inquisitive eyes.