Sies Marjan, with all its flash and finesse, was too beautiful for this world. Founded in 2016 by designer Sander Lak, the New York-based brand offered a daring proposition: an American luxury label offering the same level of elegance as its European forebears. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic changed things.

Sies Marjan operated nearly autonomously from its 23rd St. headquarters. There, it housed rolls of fabric, samples, a few meeting rooms, and a full staff of in-house craftspeople.

The concept of an American luxury label making everything in-house, including even some of its bespoke textiles, remains relatively unheard of.

Domestic high-end brands like Fear of God and Tom Ford make plenty of things in America but not under one roof. Even Thom Browne, the contemporary American renegade, produces plenty of shrunken suits in Japan rather than his brand's base in TriBeCa.

Sies Marjan was a unique experiment but, like most good things, it couldn't last. As COVID-19 shuttered the world and its wealthy backers pulled out, Sies Marjan ceased to exist after issuing its Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

But Lak, the house's founder and creative director, didn't stop working. He's partnered with publisher Rizzoli to create The Colors of Sies Marjan, a tome that could accurately capture the essence of Sies Marjan's all-too-concise legacy.

"This very personal book is about Sies Marjan, but really it is about color!" Lak enthused to Highsnobiety.

"How color infused our collections and shaped the vision of the brand, so much so that this book is organized by color rather than year or seasons. Images range from fittings, looks, runway shows and ad campaigns to research imagery, inspirations and found objects."

The visuals inside The Colors of Sies Marjan are accompanied by interviews from luminaries and peers like artist Elizabeth Peyton, who provides the forward, Marc Jacobs, Isabella Rossellini, composer Ludwig Göransson, and architect Rem Koolhaas, whose AMO oversaw one of Sies Marjan's final collaborations.

"I had an impulse to talk to people across a range of disciplines and discuss how color informs their work," Lak continued. "[The book is] a true labor of love that I can’t wait to share with everyone!"

Available for $65 on Rizzoli's site and stores, The Colors of Sies Marjan is a 400-page love letter to a brand that burned quickly and brightly, leaving behind only pretty colors.

  • Models:Marjan Jonkman, Kiki Willems, Adesuwa Aighewi, Praise Nicholas, Adam Osborne, Drew Hubert
  • Photographer:Justin Stutzman, Pier Nicola Bruno, Sander Lak

What To Read Next

  • waterproof jackets

    One of These Waterproof Jackets Is Your New Best Friend

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Andrew Chiou's Concepts are Franchise Collabs Done Right

    Sneakers
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Palace’s Winter Lookbook Is Cold, In a Good Way

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Let Pandora Kick Off Your Keith Haring Collection

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    There’s More to Bowers & Wilkins’ Px8 Than Meets the Ear

    Culture
  • Deadpool

    Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool Just Revived Hugh Jackman's Wolverine

    Culture
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.