We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Reisman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matthew, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think my viewpoints on risk have constantly changed throughout my life and different experiences. Initially risk was grand, often unwelcome and always associated with a sense of fear. We’re always taught that with risk comes the opportunity to fail.

However throughout many risk taking experiences I’ve learned that risk can be simplistic and more about effort than anything else. I would overlook the concept that failure also has elements of success, learning and growth potential.

Personally I find that both personal and professional risk seem run parallel; it is rare to have one without the other. I would not be the version of myself today (personally or professionally) without overcoming past experiences routed in risk.

In speaking more to my own experience, I have found most of my professional growth from my personal risk. “I’ve got nothing to loose” has been a guiding mental reference that has welcomed opportunities I never thought I would have access too.

Risk does not need to be as grand as we generally conceptualize it to be; risk is simply uncomfortable, something new and unknown. Personally stepping out of my comfort zones, asking a clarifying question, extending an introduction, sending an email, a DM and making my goals known to others, knowing my worth in a new setting, are all smaller examples of risks that I have taken that have benefitted me both personally and professionally.

To me there is an importance in shifting my viewpoint of risk from fear to effort. In applying effort to a trying attitude, risk has become less fearful, redefined and…more welcomed.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is truly a representation of the evolution of myself. I find love and appreciation for the contradiction in a dramatic minimalistic design aesthetic . I am most proud of my personal growth in developing my career from a less traditional path. I did not take the traditional route of attending fashion school and getting a formal fashion education; however working countless of free and low paying opportunities to gain knowledges, access and a skill sell that would later lead me to finding successful opportunities and the ability to build a career and network within the fashion industry. I have learned the importance of honing ones craft and never being unwilling to learn. The message I would want others to know is that fashion is attainable; for myself and anyone with a dream.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Alongside the credit owed to my husband, family, friends, loved ones, and mentors , I would like to “Shoutout” what I’ve considered the unsung heroes of the fashion industry; this includes the countless seamstresses and tailors I have had the honor and privilege to work alongside. The years of experience, knowledge and skill to the craft are often overlooked by front facing names and professional titled positions in fashion.

With my untraditional progressional path to my career in fashion, built on experience rather than education alone; I choose to recognize all that have invested in my career, successes, skillset, and growth.

Website: matthewreisman.com

Instagram: @matthewreisman

Image Credits
Models: Reginald Reisman (Male) Kayla Cyphers (Female)

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