Sweet and Sinful Pleasures: XXY Interviews Soki Mak

Sweet and Sinful Pleasures: XXY Interviews Soki Mak

Sweet and Sinful Pleasures: XXY Interviews Soki Mak

It is December 1st.  Long Acre lies low, seemingly hungry for January’s dose of LC:M colour. But the starvation lasts only a morning. A barnett of blue bobs towards me. Striding behind two, near 6ft men, Soki Mak has the infinite ability to stand out.


‘This is the worst place you could take me’ she says, sizing up the mouth-watering perfection of London’s most charming sugar cave, SugarSin. ‘I have a `massive sweet tooth, with everything else I’m healthy, but sweets!?’ I can’t help but be humoured by Soki Mak, whether it’s her Glaswegian twang, her faultless courage, or simply her gift of the gab, she’s enchantingly capturing and really quite hilarious. For this vastly brewing stylist, achievement is never an excuse for arrogance.


Soki was only halfway through her degree when she started interning at Vivienne Westwood, ‘you can be the best at what you do, but nobody’s going to know unless you have the experience’ in terms of her industry, she comments, ‘experience is everything’.  You don’t have to talk to her for long to gather just how incredibly driven this woman is. After leaving her family and home in Glasgow to pursue a career in fashion, the ambitious Soki Mak ‘wanted it so much [she] was willing to do anything’, And in a world where anything is quite literally anything, ‘you’re proving to yourself’ that the industry needs you’.


With significant names, like Nick Knight, Dazed and Confused and i-D credited to her work, whether she’s aware of it or not, the industry clearly requires characters as vividly talented as her. But where does Soki’s own style tie into her toil? ‘I think I’m a bit of a cartoon’ she giggles, ‘my mum’s always said I don’t live in reality’, as she works more, and bolsters her name in the industry, Soki Mak pushes her style until she gets to the point where she doesn’t know ‘what’s too much, it’s never a trend thing’. Clothing ‘is kind of a security blanket’.


Genuinely there is more to this colourful cartoon than meets the eye and she’s unapologetically pro-independence. There’s nothing more encouraging than watching Soki Mak’s eyes blaze when discussing London’s ‘acceptance for being experimental’. , ‘This city is my home, people respect you for being a certain way’. She dresses against the trend, amused by her honest realisation of her ways, she laughs ‘If there’s a party, I’ll ask what everyone else is wearing and I’ll go in the complete opposite’.


Seemingly, Soki is so involved in the industry that she doesn’t quite realise what she’s accomplished. Having the ability to list industry marvels like ‘David Bailey’ and ‘Rankin’ in reference to past work, would be a one way ticket to arrogance for many up and coming creatives. For Soki Mak such experiences, only lead to growing an appetite for more. Don’t get me wrong, she’s proud of herself, but in an extremely modest manner. ‘I don’t ever want to think that I’ve done enough, there’s so much more I want to achieve’.


I’ve come to think Miss Mak is a miracle of the 21st Century culture. After spending a Sunday morning with this Nick Knight accomplice, I slowly understand that there’s only one Soki Mak. Unlike many industry novices, there’s simply one side to her, she’s true to roots, true to herself and reassuringly passionate about the industry. ‘If I didn’t go into this industry, I would be completely lost’.



Images Courtesy of: Sophie Davidson

Text Courtesy of: Fenn O’Meally