Polish law student Natalia Maczek launches MISBHV as a side project to make fake designer T-shirts for her and her friends to wear at clubs.
Maczek and co-designer Thomas Wirski set up a showroom at Parish Fashion Week to show the pieces. One of their first customers is the British luxury retailer Browns, which wants to sell the collection in their London boutique.
MISBHV stages their first New York Fashion Week presentation to debut their Spring/Summer 2017 collection. In the same year, Rihanna cements their status as a counterculture label when she wears a Matrix-black MISBHV jacket during her ANTI performance in London.
Heading back to their homeland, MISBHV has their first runway show in Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science to debut the Spring/Summer 2019 collection. For the show, Maczek and Wirski took cues from 1966 Warsaw poster art and worked with Polish artist Roslaw Szaybo to create a series of prints for the shirts, pants, and outerwear.
During a summer break in between studying law, Natalia Maczek went to London for a job and fell in love with clothing. It was after this experience that she began making parody designer T-shirts for her and her friends to wear to parties that co-designer Thomas Wirski was throwing in Warsaw. Eventually, she started to sell the clothes online and set up a showroom at Paris Fashion Week in January 2015 to show their pieces as an official brand.
Maczek and Wirski’s often gender-neutral garments are unique in part for their manufacturing techniques and cultural background. All of the fabrics used come from top quality European sources (Italian lamb for leather jackets and Portuguese wool for coats) and all final products are made in Poland. Throughout every collection, Polish history is woven into the fabric of the garments—often leading to references from the Communist, pre-1989 era of the country’s past.