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Marie Douat, founder or DOU.K Studio

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Marie Douat

Marie was born and grew up in the Southwest of France, where she developed an infinite passion for the ocean. She spent many summers working as a lifeguard on the dreamy beaches of the Landes region, swimming, surfing, and scuba-diving on her days off.

Later on, she completed a Bachelor in Cultural Communications and Art Trade at the University of Bordeaux — not too far from her beloved Atlantic Coast. Upon graduation, she crossed the ocean to experience her first taste of New York City during an internship with in the cultural services of the French Institute.

Back in France, Marie was working as an art appraiser in Paris, and completing an MBA in E-learning on the side, when a mutual friend introduced her to renowned shirtmaker Bruno Rubinski. Their connection was instant and Marie soon became his second-in-command. For almost three years, she ran every aspect of the business alongside him, and learned to appreciate the true beauty in bespoke clothing thoughtfully made to match the wearer’s lifestyle and personality.

In 2016, Marie embraced an exciting new adventure of a different kind: she moved to New York for love. Living in the city where everything feels possible — and where the entrepreneurial spirit is ever present — lit a spark in her. In October 2017, Marie launched DOU.K, a studio of custom-made shirting with a commitment to respect the environment and a focus on building meaningful relationships with an exclusive clientele.

Marie lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Anand. They spend their days off exploring this wonderful city, as well as far and away corners of the world, wearing DOU.K shirts everywhere they go.