MARK & MARLON AUSTIN:
ST. LOUIS’ FINEST
words by Erin Falker photo: Lawrence Bryant
Bespoke couture may not be a phrase you are familiar with but is the bread and butter of Mark and Marlon Austin, two Chicago based entrepreneurs and fashion moguls. The Twins started producing hand-made ties in 1991, part-time as a hobby, but soon developed a solid client base one impeccably accessorized client at a time. After developing their own line of hand crafted men’s shirts and suits called Fratelli-Gemello, the brothers opened their first boutique in 1996. They used this opportunity as a launching pad to travel all over North America doing consulting work and designing the clothing and apparel of some of the top entertainers, athletes and business men in the world.
In 1998, while sourcing abroad for the best quality made goods for his boutique, Marlon got the opportunity to work overseas for a conglomerate of factories producing high-end women’s and menswear. He sold CMT Contracts to the worlds most renowned designer brands, resulting in a wealth of experience of the fashion world, the best production sites, artisans, and sources for the finest materials.
After working to successfully build other brands, the brothers decided that the time had come to focus all efforts and experience gained, within the fashion industry, on building their design house- Bespoke Couture- Mark & Marlon Austin. The philosophy behind the line is to only use the best workshops and artisans in the world to bear the label’s name.
From the office straight to the nightclub, the look of the new urban male can only be defined by the Bespoke Twins. When today’s modern male demands a new look, one that is sourced only from the world’s best cloth mills and manufacturers, and that is “tricked out” down to the last detail, that demand can only be accommodated by Mark and Marlon Austin.