To say Marc Hare, aka Mr Hare, shoe designer, is a busy man and his time is truly not his own is a real understatement. This man must have more stamps in his passport then Judith Chamers, google her if your under 35. If he isn’t traveling the global, he’s proudly looking after his new shop on Stafford Street, just off Dover Street, London, like a new Father(see below), or he’s attending high brow events whether that be at 10 Downing St. to mark the Power List’s 20 most influential Black Britons or the British Fashion Council as he, “is quietly becoming one of the most important names in British menswear,” as the Guardian recently put it.
The genesis of Mr Hare is an interesting one, Marc had always been a little obsessed with footwear growing up on the mean streets of Croyden, for his eighteenth birthday he’d saved up and he was off to Bond Street to buy his dream shoes, Gucci Loafers. He noticed that when he worn these shoes peoples attitude toward him changed and they spoke to him with respect. Then after holding down a number of unfulfilling jobs in Marketing and Retail and losing one of those aforementioned jobs, breaking his leg and going through a divorce, remember bad things always happen in threes. He was sat in a Spanish restaurant, funnily enough in Spain, when he caught sight of the woven shoes worn by the señor at the next table, although the shoes weren’t prefect he did think with a few little tweaks they could be and with the help of Bally’s retired shoe genius, Siliano Salvadori, Mr Hare was born.
Now Mr Hare boasts such names as Javier Bardem, Ronnie Wood, Robert Downey Jnr, Tenie Tempah and Amir Khan as fan and customers and rumours of a venture into Ladies footwear abound. His recent collaboration with TOPMAN, literally sold out in minutes, where even Marc couldn’t get his hands on the highly desirable High Tops he created. But he still managed to find the time to answer the questions of Clothes make the man.
If you could have invented anything what would it be ?
A better work/pay/holiday/ tax system where people work less get paid more, are applauded for travelling and learning more about other cultures and where banks/governments had to actually pay for their own fuck ups or actually pay us interest when we lend them money.
If you had one day to live what would be your biggest regret ?
It would be all the time I had lost answering interviews.
What would be the one piece of clothing you would rescue from your home in the event of a fire ?
I would welcome the opportunity to re invent my wardrobe on the insurance money. I am too pretty and too smart to run into a burning house to rescue apparel.
What inspires you ?
If you could only wear one brand/Designer for the rest of your life who would it be ? Why ?
Bauhaus. Because they were trying to just make the world better and the mix of modernism and traditional craft just created great products by default. I bet their sneakers would have been ill.
Who is your style icon ? Why ?
Margin Gaye, because he was just so talented no one was even paying attention to his clothes.
Tell us something no one else knows ?
I haven’t had a shave in 23 years.
What piece of style advise do you live by ?
Wear WTF you like and eventually you will figure out what works.
What do you have to do after this conversation ?
I have to go to sleep in a Bologna hotel room then get up early and fly to London for a concierges soirée.
What would you like to be doing after this conversation ?
Going to sleep in my own bed and getting up early to fly to somewhere hot and tropical for a concierges soirée.
What track would always get you on the dance floor ?
Hypnotise – B.I.G.
Who could resist? “If deh head right, biggie deh e’ry night !!”