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#INTERNET Ah, we're back! Like we said, we were just "chilling out" for like 3 years. Feels good to have the team back writing. Still us three: Chuck, Benjamin, and Virgil. Got new interviews coming up, and hopefully we'll be posting on a regular basis, who knows. We also interviewed each other, check: CHUCK, BENJAMIN, VIRGIL...

Interview! > Married To The Mob!

Married to the Mob is fresh. We had the chance to pick the brains of the newest and most official players in the women's street wear game. We chop it up on everything from Production issues, the future of the label, having no water in your apartment, Willy Nelson and watermelon taffy. They are doing it very big, much respect. Check it!

THE BRILLIANCE! > Married to the Mizzob… What’s really good with you guys lately?

MTTM! > Chillin . Hustling as usual and in the mean time enjoying life.


TB! > More importantly, how corny was that ‘Mizzob’ above?

MTTM! > Corny is good sometimes.


TB! > What did you guys have for breakfast? And what is dinner looking like this evening?

L! > I don’t wake up early enough for breakfast. But the first thing I had in my mouth was…....... walnuts and craisins.

S! > i had no water in my apt this morning…so i had i a week old iced coffee i found in the fridge for breakfast. We’re eating at Leah’s house…she’s cooking pork chops and sausage….i might go home.


TB! > For those who don’t live in NYC, aren’t constantly on Being Hunted, or are just super-square…explain to us what MTTM is all about. The whole thing…the clothing, the lifestyle, the brand, etc.

MTTM! > Dam there are people who dont know about MTTM yet?...only kidding…well MTTM is all about our way of life…..the style we like, the parties we go to, the people we chill with, the trouble we get into, the shit we laugh about….


TB! > If you were given three words to describe MTTM what would they be?

MTTM! > MOST OFFICIAL BITCHES


TB! > Who is MTTM? Name the people involved.

MTTM! > Us, Leah and Sharon. But all of our friends are involved some way or another. Either just supporting, repping and sometimes helping out with shit.


TB! > What city do you guys rep?

MTTM! > NYC of course.


TB! > Does each member play a specific role or does everybody handle everything?

MTTM! > No we both handle everything. Nothing is done without the other being involved…it’s like checks and balances.


TB! > How did things get started for you guys? What made you want to start MTTM?

MTTM! > We were bored as shit last summer and drunk all the time. So we had good ideas and the resources to get started…so we said fuck it….let’s start our own line.


TB! > What makes MTTM different then ‘everyone else’ doing their thing in the niche-fashion game? Would you credit a lot of the originality to the fact that it’s a girls-only brand?

MTTM! > Well for one, it’s different cause we’re doing it….it’s our perspective. We dont think it is original soley because it is girls only, we think it’s original because of the concepts behind each shirt. most of the logos could be altered a little and work on a man’s shirt. If anything, we think it’s original because everything is kind of masculine but intended for women….20 other girls-only brands can come out, and we dont think that will fuck up our game at all. There is only one Married to the Mob.


TB! > What is the day-to-day like running MTTM? Is it a full-time job for you?

MTTM! > WE dont fuck wit “full-time”...haha…. We are big on enjoying our lives. We do what we do, we enjoy our day, and incorporate work in. Realistically, we are always working….it’s always on our minds. Sometimes we’ll call one another at 4 in the morning because we have a good concept to discuss. Sometimes its a shitty idea at 4am and the one on the receiving end gets pissed.


TB! > I want to talk to some of the more ‘behind-the-scenes’ type areas of the clothing game… Such as manufacturing. Which, to those who don’t know, is no joke…it’s quite difficult to get everything lined up. How did that go for you guys, was it a struggle to pull it all together?

MTTM! > Oh production is a pain in the ass. anything that could go wrong has gone wrong for us at one time or another. we were dealing with some jerk-offs who cut the necklines opened on all of our shirts. We had assholes sewing in tags upside down and shit. one place even forgot to “cure” half of a production run!...curing seals the ink, so when the shirts were washed everything washed off. It’s just a matter of dealing with the bad as it comes along and learning from mistakes.


TB! > How is it going now? Are you guys doing cut-and-sew pieces at all?

MTTM! > Right now things are going well, we think we have the production figured out. Next season we are adding cut and sew, some off the wall shit. Just keep your pants on…you’ll see it soon enough.


TB! > What about runs…how many of each piece do you produce? Or are you producing in accordance with demand?

MTTM! > We produce based on demand and pre-orders we receive for each style.


TB! > What’s long(er) term vision for the pieces in the line? Shirts, shoes, pants/jeans, jackets, accessories, those old long-ass Triple Fat Goose style jackets, fannie packs?

MTTM! > oh yeah….all that good stuff. keep your eyes peel for a flask and bikini in the near future.


TB! > If you could organize a concert with any 5 musicians/bands dead or alive, who would we see?

MTTM! > 1. the notorious B.I.G
2. chopin
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. Willy Nelson
5. N.W.A

we like a lot of dead people…..is willy nelson still alive?


TB! > Also, I know right now MTTM is strictly a women’s line. For somewhat obvious reasons I would assume it will continue on like that… Is that the plan? Was that a stupid question?

MTTM! > yep that’s the plan. we’ve been asked to do men’s shirts before…we just dont care to.


TB! > Real quick… Sidekick or Blackberry? Nike or Adidas? Sushi or McDonalds? Apple or PC? Aston Martin or Lambo? Palm trees or Pine trees?

L! > Treo, Nike, Sushi even though I love a good double pounder with cheese once in a while, apple, to be honest I’m more of an SL 500 hard top convertible kind of a girl, palm trees for sure.

S! > Treo; Nike; Sushi…fuck mc donald’s…i saw supersize me; Apple—but the shit is always breaking; aston martin for sure; cherry blossom trees.


TB! > Distribution… I actually saw your stuff at Huf last weekend in SF and I know you guys are doing your thing in quite a few of the staple stores in NYC… How did your distribution come about? Do you handle all of that internally?

MTTM! > We do all of our own distribution…we’re hands on if ya know what i mean.


TB! > Officially, list all the stores people can find your gear…

MTTM! > nah.


TB! > Any store you would love to have carry your gear?

MTTM! > one that will order 2million pieces each season.


TB! > What about a MTTM store in the future…is this something you guys are thinking about?

MTTM! > we’re working on it….we just dont want to link up with some investor that tries to change how we do.


TB! > What about collaborations… I know you did one with Alife, any other ones in the future coming up? I remember reading on Supertalk that there were rumors of you and Bape doing something…?!

MTTM! > oh we cant tell you..but yeah we are in talks on a few big things with some big people that we respect…


TB! > Alright… Some off the subject questions… What brands/people do you really appreciate right now? Who is cold doing their thing?

MTTM! > Alife and Supreme always…they are the kings and inspire us. Goyard- act like you know. Versace-making an ill comeback. Lindsay Lohan- we love that freckled little coke head.


TB! > Now name names!! Who is wack right now? Who should just quit while they’re behind?

MTTM! > Marc Jacobs—enuf with that vintage copied, so-called “inspired” bullshit. And what the fuck is he doing over at LV? Imitation of Christ—-no explanation needed. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; worst cover up for a gay actor ever.


TB! > Favorite website(s)?

MTTM! > style.com
thebrilliance.com of course
movieshark.com
beinghunted.com
google.com
gawker.com…..gawker stalker is the shit.

TB! > Favorite places to travel? Any ‘dream’ vacation destination?

L! > My favorite place so far is St. Barth’s

S! > My favorite is Copenhagen..I hate the weather but i love the city & the people.

MTTM! > As for a dream vacation…we want to plan a Retail Mafia “family vacation” to Robert’s Cove—it’s a whole little island you can rent off of belize…it has like 10 huts in the water…it’s dope.


TB! > Favorite flavor of taffy?

L! > Watermelon

S! > I dont eat that.


TB! > Best designed car right now?

L! > AMG benzo

S! > Maybach


TB! > This is the random section… Anything you want here. Random thoughts, something crazy that happened to you in traffic yesterday, shout outs or whatever the kids call it these days, what color socks you’re wearing, anything is cool here… Let em’ have it!

L! > lets see…shout outs to the whole MOB Crew and Retail Mafia, my main men Jest and Jerry, and my fam. I didn’t wear socks today cause I had on loafers. Let’s see what else…oh yeah…mad love to my partner in business and crime, Sharon, for beating some girls ass last week at Lotus after she started with me for no apparent or obvious reason. I wish I could’ve seen her fucked up face the next day.


TB! > Final words? Closing thoughts?

MTTM! > cant think of any….sorry.


TB! > Was this interview too long?

L! > kind of…not really.

S! > I have A.D.D…


TB! > As always… What are your thoughts on THE BRILLIANCE?

MTTM! > Good stuff!


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