“Bomme Studio: your tribe is looking for you”
The cover is today for Bo Matthew Metz, founder and mind of Bomme Studio, one of the best brands and shows seen at the Los Angeles Fashion Week, SS19.
He met Raimondo Rossi and they had an amazing talking.
Bo is a great person, whit such a strong and positive vibe.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a pop star or astronaut. Maybe I can still be both haha…
Biggest crush when you were a teen?
I think my biggest crush was Keanu Reeves. Ugh I must have watched My Own Private Idaho two dozen times in high school.. Really sort of galvanized my budding horny teenage queerness. But also it was a lot of those queer 90s directors and their muses. Greg Araki and James Duval.. Bruce LaBruce and Tony Ward. Its all sort or wrapped up together in my head now when I try to think back on it.
The world is constantly trying to make you something else, is it or has been difficult to be yourself?
I am from a small working class town. Most of the men there are steel workers. These were the people we were meant to look up to. But I was never like them and I was always me. I can’t explain how or why but I always knew there was a bigger world out there that was waiting for me. I had to be me, I didn’t know how to be anything else or else maybe I would have stayed home and worked steel too. My life now is beyond the wildest dreams of my baby self.
It’s also easy to get discouraged, and one of the easiest thing to do is give up. But you made it and so good. How?
I think everyone feels like quitting sometimes. I like to remind myself that when I am tired to rest but not quit. I do everything for one reason only and that is love. Without love I would have given up a long time ago. This is a business that asks for all that I have to give.
What sparked your interest in fashion?
It was always there. If I peer back into my earliest memories in the 80s as a young child I can see the leather skirts and the big hair and big leather jackets and the Robert Palmer girls and their makeup. It began there and I don’t know why or how but it has never left.
What made you take fashion more seriously and make a career out of it?
I was taking myself far to seriously for fashion as a young art student.
Fashion has always quickened my pulse but my younger self couldn’t admit that. I thought I had to be a painter or a sculpture and I am both but fashion is what really does it for me. I realized I had to take it more seriously because I was finally honest with myself about how I really felt about it. It was love and I had come out.
Analog or digital?
I am in love with the intersection of both. I am crazy for digital 3D design and renders but love old fashion 35mm film. I prefer to sew by hand but love the innovations of 3D printing and what technology can bring to the process.
Are you self-taught or did you study fashion design?
I completed one year of a vocational fashion program in Los Angeles and then I interned with Kate and Laura Mulleavey at Rodarte for three seasons. They were self-taught. They made a lasting impression on the way I thought about what it meant to be a designer. Because of their lead I was inspired to be me and stay true to myself. Not to bend and to stay strong. To stay committed to why you began on this journey in the first place.
How has your work evolved since you began your own label “Bomme Studio”?
Apparel production really changed me as a designer. It is about looking into your tool box and working with what you have. I used to get hung up on ideas I thought I wanted to achieve. They would become obstacles because of money or availability of materials or labor. I would agonize. Then I said one day to myself, “Who makes these rules?” I do. Creative problem solve. More forward. Don’t stop.
What are you fascinated by at the moment? Current obsessions?
I love monochromatic color palates with a hint of metallic. I love red and orange and yellow. I love robots and A.I. and I think about the future a lot. I love Mars and Space X and I think about living away from Earth. Lately I love hand-dying. I dyed almost every fabric myself in house this season. My hands are a wreck. Ha.
What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started Bomme Studio?
Slow and steady wins the race. Rome wasn’t built in a day. But also the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Rest don’t quit. All clichés but all totally 100% true.
Are you superstitious or do you have any rules you live by?
I am so into astrology. I am a Cancer sun and moon but have a Leo Rising. I am into the law of attraction and crystals and moon cycles and energy and on and on.. California is such a great place for me. Right now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Did you dream of becoming an artist before turning to fashion?
I am an artist but I am also a fashion designer. I dreamed them together and it took me a long time to accept that and integrate that into myself. I am still integrating and growing.
How do you balance creativity with commerce?
I do my best and this is something I am always thinking about. I would love to live in fantasy land all day but who can run a business like that? I also believe it to be selfish to design for myself all the time. My greatest breakthroughs are when I am forced outside of my comfort zones and pushed in new directions.
Do you have a specific research process when you start a new collection?
I don’t have a specific process but I am always recording. Always cataloging. My mind is always on and always absorbing. Always sketching and filing away notes and ideas. It never ends and can be quite exhausting sometimes.
How do you want people to feel when wearing your clothes?
I want them to feel like they are a part of something. Connection. That they are not alone and that their tribe is looking for them.
What inspired you to start Bomme Studio?
Bomme chose me and I didn’t choose it. I feel in service to it. I have no free will when it comes to this vocation. I do my best to focus it but really I have accepted I am just a vessel.
What are some of your inspirations?
I am inspired by memories or what I think are my memories. Is it my own idea of did I see it on television as a child? Or did I dream it? It can all be subjective. Reality is personal. I love the great costumes designer of film. I have a special interest in all things sci-fi and horror. Nasa photography and Derek Jarmam films. I believe in muses and I collect them and celebrate them.
Are great things done by impulse or by a series of small things brought together?
My life is a long series of impulses. I love immediacy. If you have an idea do it right now. Don’t wait for if to pass or for the fun to drain out of it. The trick I have learned is to funnel all this haptic energy lovingly into one lane. Then great things begin to emerge and I surprise myself with what I am capable of.
Last question, can you tell me a secret that still no one knows but at this point of your life you can say to the world?
I was never really ready for success until now. I have finally grown into myself and am finally ready for the first time whatever may come my way.
Bo Matthew Metz: intervista by Raimondo Rossi (Ray Morrison @thestyleresearcher)
Images courtesy of Alexandra Hryshyn
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