…playfulness, sustainability, the pleasures of upcycycling old treasures into new delights – and, last but not least, our passion for dogs
Passions run down family lines. Georgina Montagu has inherited from her great-grandmother Nellie Ionides a passion for standard poodles and an appreciation for beautiful things. Georgina has lived all over the world, and has worked as a freelance writer for the Sunday Times magazine, and for Art, Architectural and Fashion magazines in Japan. After leaving Japan, she continued to be a European correspondent for Japanese magazines. She has brought up two daughters (and a standard poodle, Albert) between the Utah wilderness, Telluride, San Francisco and London. She was introduced to Marko Matysik, a neighbour in Chelsea, and their creative partnership — Montagu Matysik — was born.
Marko Matysik works in Paris and London in the world that is his passion, couture. His love for luxe goes back to the 1980s when he worked in the atelier of Victor Edelstein, preferred couturier of Diana, Princess of Wales.
A freelance stylist, art director, illustrator and writer, he has been editor-in-chief for Big Show and contributing fashion editor for Drama and Vogue Worldwide. He has done monthly pages for Elle UK and Vogue Nippon, worked as consultant for Belmacz, Boudicca, and Krizia, and is creative director for Marie-Helen de Taillac.
Marko presented an accessories collection every season at Colette in Paris. His belts, inset with semi-precious stones mounted on sterling silver, are made from the same recycled silk and leather used to bind the Queen's books in the Royal Library. Other bespoke accessories are crafted from 15th to 18th-century ribbons, fabrics and buckles which he ‘matchmakes’ into gorgeous, one-of-a kind pieces. His work is collected and treasured by designers and celebrities including Karl Lagerfeld, Madonna and Daphne Guinness.