Designer Mark Eisen


mark-eisen2With protea, the award-winning fashion designer Mark Eisen has brought his globally recognized modernist aesthetic to the wine bottle.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Eisen moved to America at the age of 19, eventually settling in New York. His fashion career took off in 1988 with an unprecedented success: His collection of “Couture Denim” was simultaneously launched at Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman. With design and sample making workrooms in the U.S., Italy, Japan and Hong Kong, Eisen went on to build an eponymous international luxury fashion brand that was presented in twelve consecutive shows at New York Fashion Week. His collections sold for 20 years in more than 800 stores in eighteen countries and were regularly showcased in magazines and newspapers including American, Italian, British and French VogueHarper’s BazaarElleWallpaperThe New York Times, and Newsweek.

Throughout his career, traversing time zones and continents, Eisen has embodied a modern cross-cultural global perspective. This exposure to diverse forms of design expression developed his inspiration and love of glass. It was during these travels that he first visited Murano, Italy, nourishing a deep respect for the centuries old traditions and techniques of creating, blowing, and molding glass.

Now, his signature mix of art, timeless style, technical advancement, nature and beauty are being seamlessly integrated into his greatly anticipated first glass collections and collaborations, including protea.