Marko Tadić is not only a fashion and travel blogger, but also an economist and a dreamer as he defines himself. Discover more in our interview!
Marko Tadić has been running his Mr.M blog for 6 years, a kind of diary of a traveling fashionista who lives somewhere between Berlin and Belgrade.
Mr.M is a place for true fashion enthusiasts and real travellers in which they can enjoy fashion and travel stories from different parts of the world.
On his blog he also loves to express his style, which he defines “Urban Classics“, a mixture of street style and classic men’s fashion. Keep reading!
Questions for Marko Tadić
- Hello Marko, would you like to introduce yourself a little?
- Have you always thought fashion would have been your career plan?
- What’s your typical working day like for you?
- What style item is a must have that you can never go wrong with?
- How would you define the concept of style?
- Travelling is hard right now, but we know you really love to. How did you manage to make travel part of your work? Does travelling add something special to it?
- Have you ever got some fashion inspiration from your travels? Any examples?
- What’s the most wonderful trip you have done?
- Have you ever had a misadventure during one of your trips?
- Any fun anecdotes you want to share with us?
- Have you ever been to Italy? What did you like the most or what would you like to see?
- In your opinion, what are the strengths of the Made in Italy when it comes to fashion?
- How do you pair shoes with your outfit?
- What do you look for in a pair of luxury shoes? What makes a shoe a luxury shoe?
- What is your favorite motto or quote related to fashion?
- Are there some promising European fashion brands we should know?
#1. Hello Marko, would you like to introduce yourself a little?
I am Marko Tadić, an economist by education, and a blogger by personal choice. I was born in Serbia, while today I live and work in the capital of Germany – Berlin.
Digital marketing has always been my passion that has sustained me for 8 years, while I have been running my Mr.M blog for almost 6 years now. Since I was born into a family of economists and doctors, it was difficult to change the family tradition and engage in marketing, but I managed to gain the support of my mother, and later the rest of the family.
By nature I am an extremely communicative person, an ordinary young man, adventurer, dreamer, idealist.
#2. Have you always thought fashion would have been your career plan?
Fashion for me is not a career but a kind of lifestyle. Fashion is my hobby, my first love for which my mother is “guilty in charge”, she was the one who shaped my fashion style over the years. Her father was an exceptional tailor, so she always possessed that certain refined fashion taste which she later passed on to me.
If I really want to talk about my career, as a child I wanted to be a firefighter, a cook chef, a travel writer, but my wish to do a job I truly love came true and I am very grateful for that life opportunity.
#3. What’s your typical working day like for you?
The job of an influencer-blogger is like a home office, people who are now working for the first time because of a pandemic from home will understand what I am talking about. Since I’m an early bird, my work day starts at 7 a.m., I check my emails and write articles for my blog, I’m usually held back by that morning dose of inspiration.
In the mornings, I usually spend time at the computer, while I spend the rest of the day outside depending on whether I need to take pictures for the blog or I have some meetings or outfit fittings. When I return home, I make sure to answer the emails that arrive while I am away, and depending on my obligations, my working day lasts between 5 and 10 hours.
My working day is ordinary, nothing special, people think that we bloggers just enjoy it and that our job is to be on paid vacation and so on 365 days a year. The truth is somewhere in the middle of the road, but in order to be successful in this business, you need to make a lot of sacrifices and sometimes you don’t have as much free time as people usually think.
#4. What style item is a must have that you can never go wrong with?
I think shoes are the most important thing when it comes to fashion. Many people say that eyes are a mirror of the soul, but I think that shoes are a mirror of someone’s style and fashion taste. Shoes can say a lot about the person wearing them!
#5. How would you define the concept of style?
My style is one kind of “Urban Classics”, which is a mixture of street style and classic men’s fashion.
I try to combine classic pieces that are representatives of classic men’s fashion such as coats, trench coats, suits with casual pieces that are typical for everyday street fashion sneakers, jeans and stylish backpacks.
I’m a person who likes more classic and iconic things, but I like to play with details, so sometimes I allow myself to step out of my comfort zone.
#6. Travelling is hard right now, but we know you really love to. How did you manage to make travel part of your work? Does travelling add something special to it?
Just as my mother was the main “guilty of charge” for my love of fashion, I owe my love of travel to my father, who traveled all over the world because of his job, and as a child I traveled a lot with him.
Unfortunately, due to the current health and the lockdown situation in Europe and the world, travel is currently limited, but I believe that by the end of this year the situation will change as a large number of countries have started vaccinating their residents.
Thanks to the fashion part of my blog, I regularly received invitations for Fashion Weeks across Europe and in addition to fashion posts, I started posting my travelogues on the blog, which over time became extremely popular.
After a while tourist boards, airlines and hotel chains saw the potential in my travelogues and so began my journey around the world. Travel for me is a form of non-formal education and I have learned a lot of interesting things about new cultures and customs. I’ve met a lot of people and realized that maybe distances divide us, but a lot of things also connect us.
#7. Have you ever got some fashion inspiration from your travels? Any examples?
Traveling can be really inspiring, for a while I was inspired by India, because of the bright and unusual colors. In Morocco, I learned about the various textures of linen as a material and I admired how people there process that material and how they dye it by hand in a special way using argan oil.
If I think more about some trips around Europe, I like Italy the most, because for me it is the true cradle of fashion and hedonism in general. Italian style is not just a point in dressing, but in that different way of life. During my studies I spent some time in Padua, so I had the opportunity to make a lot of friends in Italy and I like that whole way of life there.
When we talk about Italians, I most appreciate their happiness to find strength and to live life and that years are just a number. I have always admired older Italian men and women who are in their golden age as emphasizing their fashion sensibilities with a variety of bright colors and prints. Italians are masters in their craft and they really know how to combine the incompatible and it is no wonder that most fashion brands come from Italy and I am always fascinated.
#8. What’s the most wonderful trip you have done?
It was definitely India, it was a country I had been obsessed with since I was a child because of my father’s many stories and how he told me about the beauties of India and the famous Taj Mahal. It took years to pass, but I am glad that I managed to visit the land of my dreams with the help of my blog.
The trip to India taught me a lot and I think that everyone should visit that country at least once in their life and feel that contrast of our European culture and their Hindu culture. Maybe miles separate us, maybe our cultures, beliefs and customs are different, but I have a lot in common.
#9. Have you ever had a misadventure during one of your trips?
Oh yes, of course! Every story has two sides, but when we talk about travel, somehow we forget all those bad things and forget them easily when we take only good memories home with us. There are some inconveniences such as small street theft or because of language barriers we do not understand each other very well, but in the end everything ended just fine.
There were unforgettable moments when my photographer and I went to Asia on a trip and due to lack of data they didn’t enter in the visa the border police officers took us for an investigative interview that lasted several hours, they didn’t believe I was just a blogger and travel writer. They strongly believed that we were working for some secret government service.
Fortunately one of the workers was from Europe and she helped us and convinced officers to read the invitation letter we received from the Ministry of Tourism that we were invited to promote their country and only after a phone conversation with people from the ministry we were allowed to leave the airport and go to the hotel.
#10. Any fun anecdotes you want to share with us?
As a kid, I loved cartoon character Dumbo, an elephant and I always wanted to pet an elephant. Sure, I’ve visited a lot of zoo parks in Europe, but I’ve never had a chance to pet an elephant.
During my visit to Laos, since I was at a resort that was near an elephant orphanage, the hotel owner brought one elephant to wake me up and have breakfast together. It was an exciting, interesting and hilarious experience for me that I will remember.
#11. Have you ever been to Italy? What did you like the most or what would you like to see?
Yes, I’ve been to Italy a few times and I’ve even spent part of my studies in that amazing country. I would love to come one day to live in Italy because I really like your language and the mentality of the people.
The language is melodic and represents real music to the ears, I also love listening to Italian pop music artists. Italy has a special place in my heart and during my period of study I traveled through Italy with friends so we went from north to south. I have also always been impressed by Italian architecture, I love to see old Italian palaces and visit museums.
#12. In your opinion, what are the strengths of the Made in Italy when it comes to fashion?
When we think of “Made in Italy“, we immediately know that it is a question of quality, design and association with the family. I personally believe that behind these words lies the strength in the good workmanship of the material and the excellent skill of the Italian masters.
The strength of “Made in Italy” also lies in the family-run companies and therefore in the heritage that has passed down to the next generation which is very important and in that way you will keep the tradition and by the time every generation will bring some innovation into the business.
#13. How do you pair shoes with your outfit?
When I start assembling a fashion combination, I always first think about which shoes I will wear, and based on that, I “build” the whole outfit. It all depends on my mood and inspiration, but I try not to leave my comfort zone. I always try to pair the shoes with outerwear (if there are any) or the top piece of clothes itself.
When I combine those two things, then I fill in my “fashion puzzle”, so the result is uncertain, I never know how it will be. It happened that I left the house and came halfway to the location for the shooting and realized that I had made a mistake and came back home to fix it up! (Fortunately, I always pass the excuse to the photographer such as “It’s a big traffic jam, I will be there in 15 minutes!)
#14. What do you look for in a pair of luxury shoes? What makes a shoe a luxury shoe?
When we talk about luxury footwear, I personally think that in addition to the basic requirements, it must also meet some additional needs of customers. A lot of people will say it’s just a shoe, but when you explain to them how much time you spend in shoes daily, then you get the point of the whole story.
The luxury shoes, in addition to the perfect selection of quality materials, must be well processed, it must be light as a feather and have a new level of comfort. Luxury shoes can be real masterpieces of art, which require a lot of effort and work to achieve good results and I especially appreciate when the shoes are handmade.
Also in producing luxury footwear, the role of the customer is very important, because such footwear is expected to be personalized and to meet all customer needs. Details are the most important because sometimes finesse can mean much more than the basics and that is what sets luxury footwear apart from others on the market.
#15. What is your favorite motto or quote related to fashion?
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”– Lauren Hutton
#16. Are there some promising European fashion brands we should know?
There are several European brands that I think will have a bright future:
Unrecorded – clothing brand from the Netherlands that is passionate about style, and produces apparel using eco-friendly materials.
Charles Girardier – maybe it is not a fashion brand, but that Swiss brand creates real art master-pieces timepieces
ARKET – Modern, simple and casual Swedish lifestyle – fashion brand which offers essential products for men, women and kids.
ADISH – Israeli brand that seeks to merge the cultural heritage and handcrafts of the Middle East
We want to thank Marko Tadić for showing us the way he sees fashion and how powerful passion can be in the life of a person!
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