Matthew Gallagher, an Italian trained designer and illustrator, made the debut of his eponymous womenswear luxury brand in March 2013 after being scouted by Toronto based designer management company THE COLLECTIONS.
Born and raised in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Gallagher embarked on a summer learning experience in New York at the age of 16. Among his experience at Parsons, he completed an internship that summer with Tracy Reese. Gallagher managed to challenge all odds and also received letters of recommendation from Tom Ford and Kal Ruttenstein.
Gallagher moved to Milan at 21 and enrolled in design school at Istituto Marangoni and completed his studies at Istituto Europeo di Design in 2012. It was in Milan where Gallagher crafted his fine attention for detail and his aesthetic evolved. Post-graduation Gallagher worked as a costume designer in Milan and Paris for Ubisoft as well as a freelance illustrator for Ports 1961.
In 2015 Gallagher was nominated by The Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards for the Swarovski Emerging Talent award. More recently Gallagher competed in the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s TFI New Labels competition, winning the grand prize for most promising new label.
Currently based in Toronto, Gallagher maintains strong ties with Italy by importing hand-selected fabrics each season from small loyal shops in Milan. The pieces—in their entirety–are hand crafted in his Toronto studio from sketch to final piece by Matthew to assure quality and fit are never compromised. Gallagher currently works on a made-to-measure basis for his collections, working with the client one on one to encourage an atelier experience.