DESIGNED IN CALGARY AB
faun /fôn/ noun (ROMAN MYTHOLOGY)
part girl, part mystical creature
a class of lustful rural gods
FAUN is for the bold, lighthearted individual who finds wanderlust in the small things in life. FAUN aims to combat the mundane of the everyday and embrace the serendipity in adventure. It is for those who embrace colour, pattern and texture. From playful to creative, empowered to sweet and everything else in between, FAUN wants every wearer to feel beautiful and effortlessly ready for whatever their day may hold. We believe your clothes are an outward expression of identity and we want the wearer to feel uniquely themselves; to embrace their individuality, personality, and spontaneity.
Because after all, girls just wanna have FAUN.
About The Team
Marisa P. Clark was moving in a conventional career path. With a background in Political Science and Economic Policy, she was preparing to enter a career in financial services. As she spent more time in an office and less time being creative, she realized something was missing. In 2015, she entered the world of online retail and launched Bocca Imports, a specially curated site of ethically sourced and unique artisan pieces. Staying true to her philanthropic routes, 100% of the proceeds from this passion project are donated to her mother’s charity, B.T. Mekong Education Association, that supports education in rural Vietnam.
As her love for fashion merchandising grew, Marisa realized her true passion for design. With ambitions of being a fashion designer, she broke the mold and enrolled in the London College of Fashion in 2016.
Since her graduation, Marisa. P. Clark designs have been featured at Western Canada Fashion Week, Vancouver Intl. Fashion Week, L.A. Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. In one year, the designer has created both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collections, which have gained recognition worldwide.
When asked about the quick trajectory of her career she acknowledges her roots. "I felt discouraged by the fact I was from Calgary, a relatively small city with little acknowledgment from the international fashion community," she says about her early beginnings as a fashion designer, "it seemed like I needed to live in New York City or London if I wanted to have a chance at breaking into the industry."
However, with the achievements of the past year it has led the designer to believe location is truly what you make of it. Upon diving into the fashion industry, Marisa has found a collective of like-minded people. The world has become astonishingly interconnected with the fashion industry operating on an international scale. Instead of finding this intimidating, Marisa has embraced the enormous amount of opportunity leading to positive experiences within the industry.
This whirlwind of a year led to the creation of FAUN.
Rebecca Graham is a graduate of Art History, lover of theatre, and collector of beautiful things. Marisa first met Rebecca at the University of Victoria where they studied together and developed their friendship. After graduating, they have continued to support each other, both personally and professionally. Rebecca joined the backstage team at Vancouver Fashion Week (pictured below), beginning their working relationship.
Rebecca currently runs the Marisa P. Clark Designs Corp. team's sales and marketing channels. This includes everything from contacting wholesale buyers to writing product descriptions and blog posts.