Stephen Marr

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@stephen_­marr When Matt joined Stephen Marr, it was ob­vi­ous from the be­gin­ning that he was tal­ented and am­bi­tious. Even in the early days he showed lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and he made a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion from trainee to stylist – a good in­di­ca­tion of his skill. Matt has this amaz­ing knack for ex­e­cut­ing strong, tech­ni­cal work which still feels and looks ef­fort­less and he’s con­fi­dent in his own abil­ity, which is cru­cial in this in­dus­try. He can work un­der pres­sure across a wide va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions, tai­lor­ing his work and en­ergy to each one, and still pro­duce the goods. He is un­flap­pable!

I’m ex­tremely proud of how Matt has ex­e­cuted his cre­ative di­rec­tor­ship role. His abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate an idea to his team and in­spire those around him is very im­pres­sive. We are dif­fer­ent in the ways in which we com­mu­ni­cate but we recog­nise that, and en­deav­our to make this dif­fer­ence a strength, rather than a weak­ness (iron­i­cally, it takes good com­mu­ni­ca­tion to achieve this). We have a great work­ing rap­port and we’re al­ways bounc­ing ideas off each other.

I think the best ad­vice I’ve ever given him was, ‘Stick to your strengths, work on your weak­nesses, and know when to lis­ten.’ It’s great get­ting to work along­side him, men­tor­ing and chal­leng­ing his de­ci­sion mak­ing.

I ad­mire the way Matt will tackle any chal­lenge. The com­pany has pro­vided him with am­ple lead­er­ship and cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties, both lo­cally and abroad, and he’ll un­doubt­edly make his mark in­ter­na­tion­ally. He’s quiet at times, but un­der­neath it all he is a force to be reck­oned with. I’m ex­cited to watch it all un­fold for him.

Read our full in­ter­view at FQ.co.nz/StephenandMatt

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