Our next #FREDAGIRL is Marie Lockhart. French-born and now based in New York, Marie has made an incredible business with embroidery. While living in Paris, Marie studied law and economics, but found herself drawn to fashion. She began her career at Colette on the sales floor and and later moved to the US with her husband, a tattoo artist, from whom she finds a lot of her embroidery inspiration. In 2015, Marie launched Lockhart Embroidery, a one-of-a-kind 60s/70s inspired line of embroidered denim. Marie and her unique designs have caught the eye of top designers and celebrities like Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and Drake. We were fortunate to meet Marie at Trans-Pecos in Marfa this September and take an embroidery workshop from her, which has totally re-inspired us to slow down and enjoy creating something with our hands. Learn more about Marie, her personal style and thoughts on following your passion below. Photos shot on location at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas by Minkmade.
First things first, tell us a little bit about your background and life before you begin embroidery. How was your transition from Paris to Brooklyn? Does Brooklyn now feel like home?
I grew up near Paris where I studied economics and law after my degree I started traveling the world with my backpack and would come back to Paris to work and save up and go discover new places.I used to work at Colette, the Mecca of fashion in Paris I learned so much there and met really cool and inspiring people it was like graduated from fashion school in a way. After working 3 years at Colette I had the traveling fever again and went to NY in vacation, met my husband and I’ve been here now for 6 years.I feel like New York is my home sometimes but finding home for me is a never ending quest, I’ll probably feel like home once I have my own place somewhere not sure it will be NY though the world is big.
What inspired you to begin embroidery? Tell us about how you got your big break.
I found some supplies at the Salvation Army, I love finding and making things. I think life is showing signs everywhere you just have to be there with big open eyes finding those supplies were definitely not luck but meant to be, it was before embroidery become a cool and trendy craft and money making for brands! I was just making things for my friends and myself, trading artwork for embroidery this is how everything started.
I woke up one morning and Drake regrammed one of my embroidery that was the beginning of this Instagram madness I went from 600 followers to 4000 to 10 K… then I met him in NY and he gave me some clothes to embroidered for him and it was my first (paid) job, shortly after I was called by Marc Jacobs to work on some hand embroidered pieces for their catwalk and again then next following year it was really challenging but I m a perfectionist I think I have the French ethic of work if you do it do it 100%, give your best and show what you are capable of. I have since work for many designers and celebrities, merci Drake.
Top 3 places in the world or on the internet to find inspiration?
In the world :
Travels, Library, Nature
Instagram, Google, Instagram
You have partnered with some of the top influencers in both the fashion and music industry, do you have a dream collaborator still on your list?
Yeah totally! I’m always stoked to work with big designer as much as small designer I always want to collaborate with inspiring people, people I can relate to and admire but also brands who are not afraid of letting me do my thing and who give me ” carte blanche” that’s the most important, being able to express myself totally. A big collaboration I wanted to do for a long time was with Colette and it’s finally coming out in November stay tuned!
Do you have any advice for a creative looking to take the leap from a stable job to pursue their passion?
Do it for the right thing!
If you are under the illusion that you’re doing something like this to get rich, it is probably not going to happen. If you want to make a good living making art and being creative and are looking forward to make something by hand, that’s a good life. Many people dread getting up and going to work, you have fifty years of work ahead of you and it should be something that you really love.
Don’t be afraid to work 24/7, being creative gives you the freedom to be your own boss but you have to be able to handle all the different aspect of having a business, creative, administrative, accounting …. the first years were really stressful I feel like now I can manage everything better and I don’t get so overwhelmed when a problem comes my way. You have to be able to enjoy making your art don’t let the business part ruin everything and tame your creative mind.
Take breaks go travel and also it’s ok to say no, something I had to learn the hard way. Especially when you are making things by hands.
Tell us about your personal style and what is important to you? Do you have a daily uniform or all-time favorite vintage find?
It’s really a mix between French culture because this is who I am and a mix of vintage Americana and my travels. I can wear a vintage embroidered bell bottom with a Nepali blouse with a Stetson hat ( sounds terrible but it work I swear) ah! I wear vintage clothing and have an obsession with collecting specific items and it changes every 6 months or so(embroidery, patchwork,working clothes,stripes). Now, especially after our Marfa trip at El Cosmico I’m all about that cowboy vibe, I found those amazing red snake skin boots in Marfa that wear with Lee bootcut jeans with a vintage tee my Stetson hat and my handmade leather bag that my friend gave me.
I like to wear comfortable clothes overalls working clothes men’s jacket I actually have a tomboy look without even trying too hard it’s just comfortable and classic cuts who will always looks good.
“May your heart have windows to the West and doors to the East.”