“My artistic journey began between 2004-2007 during my fashion design degree at CITEX in Porto, Portugal. I graduated in design and communication at E.S.A.D in Matosinhos, Portugal and for a long time I remained active as a graphic designer, however always feeling something was missing. This was when I decided it was time to join forces with my best friend and begin creating an accessories line, which was then called BOTASHAKE. This wonderful project, through experience and acquired knowledge, led me to create MAD MAF, my own brand, in which I finally found the space to create clothing I loved.
With MAD MAF I aim to deconstruct stereotypes, dress determined people, who are genuine, unique and special. Each of my pieces gains its own DNA with each person it has been made for.
I personally have a hand in each phase of development of each individual garment. From ideation until creation, all the branding and all contact with all my citizens. Each piece begins with the search for high quality fabric and leather. This is when I envision my pieces and drape them on my mannequin to sculpt them into what I am imagining. This is undoubtedly my favourite medium to express my creative freedom.” (Mafalda Martins)