East London design - why Henry Marc chose to work in E10

Henry Marc is a London designer. His creative journey started as an exhibitions designer and sculptor and has now resulted in a sophisticated and unique brand that calls East London, home.

Collaborating with established jewellers, Henry also designs custom-order fashion jewellery for a number of popular brands. The talented designer also initiated the creation of the Cat Cup series, a recognisable product in the world of cat lovers. When he isn’t creating wonders, we managed to catch up with Henry to talk everything design!

Have you always wanted to be a designer?

Yes I have. Similar to most people who have always dreamt of being a creator of art, I have drawn since childhood. While I was finishing technical school, my real talent appeared and then I started working as a professional. In terms of designing, I am self-taught from start to finish.

Why did you choose East London as a base?

This was the first place that I visited when I first came to London. When I finally decided to live in this wonderful city my choice was sentimental but I was also looking for a quiet oasis. The bonus is that East London is also a great distance from all the major points of the city.

What is it like working in the East End?

Friends are encouraging me to move to other parts of London but I find East London stimulating. I love the peaceful surroundings alongside the vibrant life that this district holds.  How am I working here? Creatively. Everything is fascinating. I feel like a kid in a candy store…I really like East London.

Your collections take a lot of inspiration from cats - why is this?

This fascination is shared with my friend Anna Lubomirska (www.annalubomirska.com), who designs jewellery collections among other things based on feline themes. It began with her fascination with the Cornish Rex, which originates from Cornwall.  The arched body of a Cornish Rex is interesting and these cats also have large expressive ears, hollow cheeks, a strongly bridged nose and a long tail. Although they appear aloof and dignified, these felines are charming and affectionate, not to mention very intelligent. As all cats like to rule their own lives, the collection is dedicated to people with a strong sense of independence and individuality.

It was important for me to create something contemporary with deep emotion. Therefore, I created the first cup based on the concept from Anna. When the public saw this range, people from the farthest corners of the world began to write to me. The mugs became so popular that we decided to produce a small collection. We had never done anything like that before so had to learn everything but we can now say that we have fulfilled our dreams. We are trying to introduce new colours and expand the collection. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a designer?

Never give up. If you believe in what you are doing and you put your heart into it, you will be successful. Develop your talents and broaden your skills without confining yourself. Each new skill extends the capabilities and improves your business. If you are going to work commercially learn the basics of business because talent alone may not be enough.

What is next for you?

I’m curious. Goals are important but the way what you go is more important. Goals should be fun and make you happy. 

For more information, head to henrymarc.co.uk