Georgia’s first fashion house was founded in 1949 in the capital, Tbilisi, under the name Materia. Originally producing traditional uniforms, the label was reimagined in 2012 to showcase up-and-coming fashion designers. Since then, a number of talented Georgian designers have evolved the fashion house, creating forward-thinking designs which have become popular at home and abroad. Today, Matériel Tbilisi is under the creative direction of Tiko Paksashvili.
With each new designer, Matériel Tbilisi is given a new outlook, though collections have proven consistently sleek and unorthodox under each designer. Many collections have drawn influence from the Soviet environments of the designers’ youth, mixing sharp tailoring with a modern femininity. Streamlined pieces such as pleated trousers, leather separates and high-neck cuts are common throughout designs, and a 1980’s influence is clear in recent collections. This is seen in oversized blazers, one-shoulder dresses and silk co-ords. Interest is added to mainly neutral palettes through unique shapes and subtle detailing such as cut-outs, asymmetrical lines and exaggerated pleating. From shirts to trousers to outerwear, simple pieces are given a high-fashion edge to add drama and style to everyday dressing. These collections feel distinctly modern while also retaining a timeless appeal, meaning that Matériel Tbilisi designs will look good for years to come.
Collections from Matériel Tbilisi can be found online through the brand’s own website, as well as through Browns Fashion and Ssense.