Carolyn Misterek designed the first MATINE collection in 2012, with a few pieces of leather and her home sewing machine. She was working full-time in design consulting but as a lifelong maker, former art student, and generally restless creative, she decided that she had ideas and those ideas needed to get out into the world as soon as possible. She recruited some friends to model and photograph her first lookbook and voila—MATINE was born.