All Hands On Deck with Designer Marie Sommers

January 26, 2019

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Marie Sommers

The woman behind the hands, Marie Sommers, truly understands what it is like to couple the liberation of women and fashion in it’s purest form. Her brand Peeled has been at the forefront of millennial women taking back the control of their bodies. Her pieces have been seen at Amber Rose’s Slut Walk worn by the hood activist herself, Samirah Raheem. As a formally taught artist, Marie moved from Milwaukee to attend school art school in Chicago and recently moved to LA. When you look at her work you don’t only see a piece of fabric with paint but in fact, a masterpiece.

Why Hands? Why are they significant to you personally and what was your inspiration behind creating a clothing line that includes them?

The original idea behind the collection was creating clothing that mimicked the interaction of bodies- so not necessarily just hands but all body parts and how they may intertwine with one and other. It is also meant to be about interacting with your own body. Many times I imagine the hands on the clothes to be extra limbs of the person wearing it- caressing and protecting oneself. By using our own body parts to cover ourselves, it creates the idea of nudity with out actually being naked.

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We as women are taking back what is ours. How do you think that your clothing line plays a part in the liberation of all women?

I feel like Peeled is 100 percent about empowering your own body, especially for women. The clothing quite literally shows the loving and embrace of your own body. I think the collection exhibits perfectly that a women’s nudity is not always sexual, It is a simply a body. It is also very important to me to create a line that is completely inclusive. As a larger bodied person myself I know first hand how limiting clothing options can be. Peeled can be made in any size and in any skin tone, when a customer orders an item they get to fill out a form that allows me to create a garment that perfectly matches their body. People of all shapes, sizes and colors should have equal opportunity to express themselves and show off their beautiful body. That is something not offered by most brands,

If there was one word to describe what Peeled means to you and why, what would it be?

The name Peeled came from the idea of layers of skin and peeling them away. Its the covering and sharing of your body in a public space.

Do you think that there is a significance of hand made pieces? (The fact that  you paint/sew every piece yourself and that it is customized to fit the appearance of the hands of the buyer.) 

Yes! I have spent a lot of time thinking of how I could expand the production process- prints, size run, etc, but at this point I feel like that the value in peeled comes from its very personal experience. It gives me the freedom to make clothing that is specifically for one body and person. I love that each customer is purchasing clothing that resembles them exactly! I feel to mass produce these pieces would take away a lot of the intimacy and message behind peeled. It is a lot of work but its amazing to see everyone receive their items and see the detail and thought put into something just for them.

Peeled is unlike any other that we have seen. Sometimes when you are so unique, people might sleep on you? How do you stay motivated?

When I first started creating Peeled, nobody understood what I was trying to make. I would try to explain to people my idea, but until I was able to complete my first collection and shoot, no one grasped what I was making or why I was doing it. As an artist when I am passionate about an idea I have so much faith in it that I know I eventually will convince everyone to see the value in it. Since i have started Peeled I have received love from several legendary creatives, which was really helpful in knowing that I was doing something right. I feel like the general population needs permission to sign onto something new- and I am determined to get Peeled the exposure to make that happen. I honestly just love what I do and would continue to create work regardless if anyone at all sees it.

Marie is truly on her way to greatness and it’s been amazing to watch. Her pieces are frequently worn by model Slick Woods, Dom Yenn, and Samirah Raheem.

Fun Fact: Her boyfriend is an insanely amazing artist too! His name is Mikey Coleman. This is one of his pieces that I will be copping extremely soon!

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But Follow Marie at @Marieeriee on Instagram and her website for her latest drops and features! You won’t be disappointed.

Author: Nave Sizon

Founder of Naveszn.com - I'm a FL native, a Howard and Columbia grad and a creator of many things. As a polymath, I do so much. I care about so many things. Naveszn.com was the perfect tool to utilize my gifts and my love for highlighting the talents and stories of black people and culture.

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Author: Nave Sizon

Founder of Naveszn.com - I'm a FL native, a Howard and Columbia grad and a creator of many things. As a polymath, I do so much. I care about so many things. Naveszn.com was the perfect tool to utilize my gifts and my love for highlighting the talents and stories of black people and culture.