For more than twenty years, the Badgley Mischka brand has been associated with timeless classic designs, dressing some of the most famous women in the world, including Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Carrying their attention for detail and craftsmanship over to their Home Collection, they launched a new home fashion brand at High Point Market in spring 2017. Now in its second year, their showroom is a must-see for editors, designers and retailers alike. We sat down with the design duo, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, to find out more about their collection, and their experience at High Point Market.
You’re known for your elegant runway creations, what made you decide to branch out into home?
For a long time, we have been buying décor and renovating homes. Creatively, it has been a big part of our personal lives so we naturally wanted to take it on professionally.
Has it been exciting to take on a new creative field?
We believe that there’s a creative blur when it comes to design and fashion. Whether it’s home, apparel or accessories they have all been a lot of fun to work with and complement each other beautifully.
You debuted your first collection last spring at High Point Market, what can we look forward to seeing this year?
Our spring collection 2018 is basically a continuation of what we have done last fall. We have new pieces for our living room and bedroom collections, including a dramatic and moody color palette.
Badgley Mischka is known for elegant gowns and eveningwear – is there a particular piece in your home collection that feels similarly refined?
We’ve had the pleasure of creating custom-made gowns and are applying some of the same principles to our home collection. Our pieces have an artisanal quality to them, highlighting the craftsmen whose hands give them a particular quality. Both in our fashion line and in our home line we steer away from industrial fabrics.
With so many brands out there that just care about producing attractive home decor, you and your partner PTM Images have decided to not just produce quality but focus on sustainability – tell us a little bit about how that became an important part of Badgley Mischka Home.
It’s a big part of who we are; we believe in giving back to the environment. Not only are our pieces made in a sustainable way but the packaging is made of recycled materials: recycled cardboard boxes and wooden crates.
This will be your second year at High Point Market – what has the experience been showcasing your collection at this furniture show?
Showing at High Point has been absolutely amazing! It’s truly a special show where we can interact with our customers. In fact, we’d say that although the furniture market is competitive, we definitely find it genteel and welcoming.
What would you say is your favorite part of attending High Point Market?
Interacting with the designers that come into our showroom. We’re there around the clock, and getting to know the professionals who come in to see our collection and work with us is truly special.
Is there a particular restaurant, shop or hotel that is on your must-see list when you travel to High Point?
Southern Roots is our favorite restaurant – it’s such a treat to get good southern food, something that isn’t so easily found in New York City.