This week’s spotlight is with Mateen Khan, at the trendy boutique Rosies and Rockers.
CapFABB: What made you start Rosies and Rockers?
Mateen Khan: Throughout high school and college, I remember being able to buy random brands off New York City streets that had a uniqueness to them. Each purchase had a look of its own and when paired with things in your wardrobe, created an image of who you were. As I got older, I’ve started to realized that this uniqueness isn’t available to us any longer. As adults, we are forced into certain molds We have a number of brands that focus on us, but what we don’t have is a brand that can bring that youthful carefree image back into our lives. After all, those where some of the best times! The concept of Rosies and Rockers is simple: punk up your daily look with one or more of our pieces. Reconnect with that youthful side. It’s about individualistic expression.
CapFABB: How did you come up with the name?
Rosies and Rockers: The word “Rosies” is from the icon Rosie the Riveter who encompassed the concept of feminismand empowerment and “Rocker” simply put, is the carefree spirit all of us were born with. I felt like it would also serve as a clear indication that we catered to both Women and Men.
CapFABB: Have you always been interested in fashion?
Rosies and Rockers: Absolutely. I’ve been in fashion for a decade now. I went from fashion management, to buying andthen finally to design. Over the years, the knowledge that I’ve learned and, the mentors that I’ve worked with, have been monumental in shaping my career and inspired me to open this space.
CapFABB: How would you describe the clothes found in Rosies & Rockers?
Rosies and Rockers: Glam Punk. The pieces we sell can be layered, paired, and mixed with existing items in your closet. An example would be every girl has a black dress, well you can find a jacket, accessory or bag that will make it pop beautifully. Something to make your look a bit more edgy.
CapFABB: DC is known for being very conservative. How does Rosies & Rockers break the mold?
Rosies and Rockers: I think the most important factor about D.C is the history of the area that the store is located on. U Street has always been the rebel street, and although things have changed in the last 10 years or so, you can still see the vibrant, different demographics that walk through it. There are so many communities that share similar interests in this city, but what ends up happening is if your not emerged into that culture you’re unaware of it. I’m simply putting a face to it by introducing Rosiesand Rockers. I honestly don’t feel like I’ll break any molds, but what I do feel like I am achieving is providing people with an alternative option to all these major and mass produced items we are so used to buying.
CapFABB: What is your favorite trend right now?
Rosies and Rockers: For men, I’m really loving the whole shorts and blazer look. It’s such a rockstar thing to do! It’s almost like saying, well I kind of dressed up. Just love it. Another being the printed pants is actually quite amazing, but I don’t see how that would translate well into street wear. I really hope that men catch onto that trend secretly though.
For women, the moto leather jacket over a day dress. So refreshing to see two opposites put together to create dramatic and striking looks. Baseball hats for women have always been on the top of my list and this year for spring they seemed to have finally caught on.
CapFABB: What is a staple in your wardrobe?
Rosies and Rockers: My wardrobe has a very high turnaround rate, probably because being in fashion, I strive to stay as current as possible. But there are a number of pieces tucked away that only come out during special occasions. One of my favorite pieces is a YSL trench coat with leather panels. Beautifully made. It was a limited edition piece and I had to trick a sales clerk into selling it to me (lol). I think you can always expect me to show up dressed with one of these two thing