Marques brings together Portugal and the United Arab Emirates in a collection filled with silk, crocodile, and monograms. The brand released its first capsule collection, Chapter I: Birth of an Empire, created to celebrate an elevated take on life. Designed in Dubai and handmade in Lisbon, this limited edition includes 12 separate pieces to be worn by both men and women. Sharing a common polished aesthetic, looks range from effortless silk outfits adorned with the brand’s MM monogram, to more extravagant yet elegant jackets and kimonos crafted out of crocodile by master craftsmen in Portugal.
Marques is the man behind the brand carrying his family’s surname and once described by Esquire Middle East as “an Authority in Luxury”. Based between Dubai and Lisbon, Marques comes from a small town in the Portuguese countryside but over the years his will to achieve more along with a passion for luxury led him to study the field at the International University of Monaco. This step ultimately led him to the United Arab Emirates and starting a career in the first Arab Hypercar manufacturer – W Motors, a boutique company dedicated to creating multi-million euro hypercars.
It was in Dubai where his persona gathered significant attention across social media, leading to a nomination as one of the most promising content creators in the Middle East along with many projects and experiences over the years: from driving Formula 1 cars in Abu Dhabi’s YAS Circuit to shooting an editorial at the Portuguese former royal palace with looks worth over half a million euros. Over the years these experiences added up to the attendance of Men’s Fashion Week in Milan and Paris – ultimately leading to Marques’ decision to establish his namesake label.
John A.C. Marques, founder and creative behind the brand: “After years with the idea of creating my own label reflecting my taste and style, it was only in 2018 at The Peninsula in Paris while attending Men’s Fashion Week that this opportunity came along and work started. Fundamentally this collection is my way to express a passion for the finer things in life”.
Currently Chapter I: Birth of an Empire is available online in limited quantities at MARQUES, while customized and bespoke pieces can be commissioned at any time. Upon request, client private viewings can be arranged in Dubai until December 29th 2020 upon request, and in Lisbon during the month of January 2021.
Marques is a luxury brand based between Lisbon and Dubai. Founded in 2020, the brand will release several capsule collections throughout the year as celebrations of life and its special moments. Plans for the future include the establishment of a development and production atelier in Europe along with concept stores embodying the brand’s values in Lisbon and Dubai. These Marques locations will not only carry our collection and bespoke services, but also showcase art and products sharing our values and aesthetic: from high-end electronics to customized automobiles.