MÁGATA is a succession of puzzle pieces starting with my grandmother Agata and our shared and strong passion for textiles and colour, as a medium for expression, fun, and magic.
Whenever she wanted something added to her wardrobe, she would take me with her to the seamstress’ boutique – a place that almost doesn’t exist anymore. We’d enter, sit in a magical living room – often with other women – and instantly be offered a tea. With the tea came the talking, and only afterwards, once everything was spoken about, could the measuring and styling begin. I remember entire afternoons spent like this, watching this ritual with wide eyes.
It was through these sessions that Agata taught me the value of craft. Pieces that are dreamed up and designed with a person in mind can be cherished forever, with their owner aware of how they are made, with what, and by whom. The care that has gone into them is implicit, and they won’t be forgotten or wasted. For my grandmother, it was always quality over quantity.
The idea for MÁGATA came to me in 2020 whilst I was in the Mediterranean, closer to the sea and the sky. I had been working as a designer in the fashion industry for the last five years, and become increasingly concerned with its throwaway culture; the low standards of quality, and lack of affordable alternatives. By the sea, I gathered my childhood memories and beliefs, and started drawing pieces – influenced by my love for nature, culture and travelling – and connected with my roots.
From that moment on Mágata creates effortless pieces made using only natural materials, with simple designs that can be worn season after season. In this way, I preserve the ideas that Agata herself gave me; locally made, by hand, and with care.
P.s. in case you are asking yourself, in Sicilian dialect, MÁGATA means "enchanted" and it is also a blend of my name – Marina – and my grandmother's Agata. It's a reminder for everyone to follow our roots, our femininity, memories, and magic.