Originating from Hawk’s Bay on the North Island of New Zealand, Michael Pattisonwas faced with two inner choices in life: play rugby or till the soil. So, he chose fashion! And, then, went on to study in the Design Course at Massey University.
Now based in Auckland, Michael designs with a thematic approach to fashion, honing in on his fine tailoring skills, attention to detail, and choice of fabrics.
He named his 2010 s/s collection Bella Mafia—‘beautiful mafia’—which draws inspiration from the women of Cosa Nostrabetween the Thirties and Fifties.
In response to the current economic situation, Michael has recently released a new diffusion label called Trix & Dandy—a contemporary Bonnie and Clyde-inspired collection.
“I wanted to capture the feel of a cardsharp and his gangster moll working the speakeasies of the Thirties,” says Pattison.
The target group of this affordable line is the young man, or woman, between the ages of 16 and 30.