Matthew Paul Robinson

Fashion  Design


Matthew Paul Robinson is a fashion designer, makeup artist and retail professional with 20 years of experience. An entrepreneur and style enthusiast, Robinson has worked for companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Lane Bryant, Torrid and NARS cosmetics. He studied Fashion Design at  El Camino College and completed his degree at San Francisco State University in 2009.  He began his own custom clothing business in 2011 and in 2017 created his first collection for  Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City. While at Bloomingdale’s, Robinson taught himself how to do makeup to help pay for college and discovered he had a talent for it. In addition to his fashion pursuits, Robinson became a sought-after makeup artist in the Bay Area and beyond. Now, in addition to writing for Rare Magazine, he continues to work in his business and is a Part-Time Instructor in the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University  His main belief is that glamour should be a part of one’s everyday life and everyone should have access to it.
I came to work for the magazine through Editor In Chief, Trystanne Cunningham. She and I met when I was working as a makeup artist for NARS Cosmetics at Saks Fifth Avenue.  She asked me to be a fashion writer and admittedly, I was not sure I  could do it. I’ve talked about and advocated for fashion for most of my life, but I never thought about being a writer. Now, I get to share my thoughts about all things style-related and how the world is affected by it or effects it.  Turns out, Trystanne’s intuition was right on.

Written by Matthew Paul Robinson