Meet Your Maker: Marcella Bisset of Wrangler's Physical Collection

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posted by Kate McCart

Meet the creative brainchild behind Wrangler’s Physical collection. Inspired by all things 70s, Marcella talks through the inspiration behind the new range (think Olivia Newton John in Grease), her favourite pieces, and what goes on behind the scenes at HQ.

Where did the idea for this collection come from?

I was inspired by an image of Olivia Newton John wearing a white visor and tennis outfit about a year ago. It got me thinking about the song Let’s Get Physical and the retro sport looks that Sandy and Danny wore on the athletic track in Grease. Then after an inspiration trip to LA, the concept for Physical was born.

What’s your favourite piece, and how/where would you wear it?
The crop top is really comfy and easy to layer under a tank, and wear back with denim.

If you had to choose a three song playlist for the collection, what would it be?
Let’s Get Physical by Olivia Newton John, Arnold By Luke Million and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk.

Any styling tips to pull off the perfect retro athletic look?
Keep it simple – style with white sneakers and our Wrangler Physical socks.

Where have you found your best inspiration for designing for Wrangler?
Vintage denim. Looking back through our archives and seeing the sportswear heritage we have is inspirational, and also a good laugh! We’ve done everything from 80s tennis gear, 70s swimwear and cycling.

Describe your style…
Messy vintage and boho.

Who are your favourite style muses?
There are so many and I change every season. In saying that, I always refer back to Olivia Newton John, Stevie Nicks & Farrah Fawcett. When I’m designing I have to ask myself ‘would Stevie, Farrah or Olivia wear this?’ to keep me on track.

Where is Wrangler HQ?

Describe your workspace?
Like a bombs gone off in a vintage shop.

Walk us through a typical day at Wrangler HQ…
Running around like a mad person trying to keep current ranges on track while researching and designing the next ranges.

Tell us a couple of funny/quirky things that take place behind the scenes at Wrangler HQ?
Shooting our product guides are always interesting. I’m constantly fixing up the model’s bottom to make the denim look its best and asking her to stick her bum out so it looks fuller in the shot. All my male friends think I have the best job in the world!

Describe the Wrangler team in 3 words…
Inspiring, hilarious and awesome.

The fashion industry is a bit of a hard one to crack, how did you get your foot in the door?
Being down to earth, working all hours and willing to get experience in everything. I still do the same now. 

Any hobbies/interests outside of Wrangler?
Not really! I’m lucky that my job is my hobby, so if I’m vintage shopping, reading, going to art galleries or gigs I’m always researching. Being inspired it’s just second nature.

What is your ideal Sunday?
Sleeping in and then going out for a late breakfast at a local cafe.

Where’s paradise?
At the beach.

Next trip?

Favourite food?
Ice cream.

Tea or coffee?

Cats or dogs?
Dogs. I’m obsessed with my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Jager. She’s even had some denim washes named after her!

Shop Wrangler’s new Physical collection here!