after taking some time off from the chaos that is often apparent with the fashion industry, rodriguez left his signature line, robert rodriguez, behind to launch a new and improved label that better translates to the modern woman's effortless state of mind.
the exclusive R/R brand is full of elevated essentials ideal for mixing and matching. whereas the robert rodriguez collection was very trend-driven, the R/R Studio line is made for today's modern woman, inspired by the everyday lifestyle of the busy career woman on the go.
keeping key questions in mind like, "how do women go to work?" "how do they go out at night?" "what is their day-to-day like?" rodriguez explained that no one dresses exclusive, head-to-toe designer anymore, and that mixing and matching brands and accessories has carried over from street style to everyday style.
consumers can expect a laid-back, individualistic style from the R/R Collection. from casual, loose-fitting tops and comfortable cashmere to embroidered lace dresses and stunning drape-front coats, pieces are meant to be layered together that can be easily dressed up or down.
stepping away from his label allowed rodriguez the clarity needed to curate a clothing line representative of the minimalist yet luxe aesthetic many lines, and women, are gravitating toward.
Marga and Jacobo at their studio
Masscob was created after a chance meeting brought together two creative spirits from the same small town in Spain. Marga Massanet and Jacobo Cobián quickly realized how well they complemented each other, as evident in the delicate balance of contrasts they bring to their label—masculine and feminine, modern and nostalgic, understated and distinctive.
Over the years, the designers, who are also a couple, have taken a quiet approach to promoting the brand, choosing to let the nuances of their timeless, high-quality garments speak for themselves. In return, they’ve earned a cult following of women who appreciate the fact that simple can be special and who are drawn to their soulful approach to each collection.
How did you two meet?
Marga: We met coincidentally on a flight back to our hometown, La Coruña[Spain]. Although it’s a very small city and we had many friends in common, we didn’t know each other. That was 13 years ago now, and since then we have created Masscob, as well as forming a family with two children. The name Masscob was created through merging the beginning of both our surnames together.
Tell us about the path to launching Masscob in 2003.
Jacobo: By pure coincidence, we both chose the same academic path and studied law. Somehow, we knew that we both wanted a different future and that our creative curiosity would never be satisfied by a career in law. When the moment came, we both chose to chase our dreams and our instincts, which were already cultivated.
M: Ever since I was little, I was always drawn to the world of fashion. My mother helped me form this interest, and I grew up surrounded by fashion magazines and fabrics bought on trips. I lovingly remember enjoying spending long afternoons with my mother creating our own designs.
J: I have been greatly influenced by my time spent living in Los Angeles, where I was trained as a photographer. Living in L.A. inspired me creatively, shaping the way I view fashion and style.
M: Masscob is a shared project, which represents us and what we believe in together.
How would you describe the mission or ethos of the brand?
J: Quality is key to Masscob. We do not place importance in the volume of our business, but in the result of a job well done.
M: It's about reviving and respecting artisanal values and trying to adapt new technologies to these values, not the other way around.
Tell us about La Coruña. What kind of town is it? How does it inspire and influence you as designers?
M: La Coruña is a beautiful small city in the north of Spain on the Atlantic coast. It is a city proud of its traditions, family-oriented,
and surrounded by an attractive coastline with the most stunning beaches.
J: It is a comfortable city, which allows us to live a great quality of life where we can balance both our professional and personal
lives and be close with nature and to the sea, our main creative influences. Many of our factories are close by, and that's also
helpful in our day-to-day work.
Who is the Masscob woman? Do you design with specific women in mind, or is it an idea of a woman?
M: We like to design clothes that reflect our personality, who we are and what we like. Masscob is for a woman who likes natural
beauty and is passionate about a variety of colors and shapes that complement her femininity and style. She is a lover of tailored
pieces combined with more relaxed silhouettes.
J: We love women to feel something different when they wear Masscob. It's a matter of feeling simple and elegant—away from
the dictated fashion boundaries. We don't really have an icon, but there are many women who we feel close to. We like women that
appreciate the work behind every item we create.
Jacobo, you shoot so many of your the campaigns yourselves. Do you start to envision the campaign as you’re designing or does that
J: We always begin to work on the campaign only once the collection has been finalized. During the creation process, we may begin to envision some ideas for the campaign, and then it becomes clear once we finish the collection for the season and know which looks and styles we want to include to represent the image of the brand. The art direction is achieved by combining the location, model, and stylist. I tend to work with a small team who know and understand the brand well, which always leads to a successful campaign.
How has the brand evolved over the years? How do you stay fresh and relevant?
M: We started with our atelier and have grown step-by-step according to the demand, and now work in between our atelier and factory. It has been hard work as we have grown quickly over the years, and having a strong team is key. It may seem disorganized at times as we try to keep up with demand, but we have adapted well!
J: Our Masscob woman has also evolved over the years, she has matured and it has become clearer and clearer to us who she is.
M: We like to stay fresh by living in the moment, traveling, maintaining positive energy, and evolving constantly. We try to not lose sight of our passion and try to keep the same vision and ideas we had from the very beginning.