Matteau Muse: Phoebe Tonkin
 Words by Nicholas Goodman 


We’ve had the rare fortune to get to know quite a few women who not only reflect the vision of Matteau, they inspire its future. A muse is a catalyst. They offer inspiration sure, but even more, they embody our means to express it. In the same way an artist might spend decades painting a lover, we design for the women who inspire us—Matteau’s kindred spirits. 


What makes a Muse? Matteau has always been surrounded with incredible, eminently cool, strong women. They have a confidence and a modern sensibility, but more, there is an inescapable sense of self. Each is, in her own way, an essential part of what the brand stands for. From Phoebe Tonkin to Coco Baudelle, from Laura Harrier to Othilia Simon, these women are part of our DNA, and will forever continue to breathe life into the world of Matteau.


The Journal is what we believe in, what we love and who inspires us. It’s our way to tell the stories of the women who set the standard for Matteau. We want their voices to be heard, and their presence felt; to share the experience of who they are. To capture that moment when you meet someone brilliant and your minds connect.



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Phoebe Tonkin, The Original Matteau Muse


Phoebe Tonkin is the first. She is the the absolute original Matteau Muse. She’s someone we’ve known forever and admired even longer, a woman who inspires us every time we see her. Even if she wasn’t a part of the family, she represents the kind of woman that we will always love.


Whether she’s filming in Melbourne, Montauk or LA, or front row at The Grand Palais as an ambassador of Chanel, Phoebe makes things come to life. She said 2018 has completely changed her trajectory creatively. “Just emotionally things shifted for me. Working this year challenged and inspired me every day. It also made me realize the power in meaningful filmmaking, and appreciate the feeling of being a part of something collaborative.”


Despite the success, she is openly wrestling with what it means to be so visible and what she can do to contribute that visibility to the things that matter to her. “I don’t understand why it’s become such a fad to be a feminist, or an activist,” she said. “Shouldn’t we always have given a shit about the world and our place in it?”





“Shouldn’t we always have given a shit about the world and our place in it?”




To survive as an actress you have to believe in something. What is obvious from the moment you meet Phoebe is that she is a woman who believes—in herself, in creating, in her voice and in the voices of those who’ve been marginalized in her industry. “Whether you are a CEO, a school principal, a director or a bus driver, there needs to be representation and diversity. It matters when people feel represented, when they feel like they belong in spaces and a culture that have shut them out for far too long.”


Her passion for what she does—everything she does—is evident in each of the projects she joins and every cause she takes up. When asked what concerns her the most at the moment, she didn’t hesitate. “The issues that make my blood boil: economic inequality, Australia’s mistreatment of refugees, the nonsensical gun laws in America, and animal rights.” Even more to the point, Ms. Tonkin said: “I’m fed up with male entitlement. I don’t care if you feel like your jobs are jeopardized; you should be up for the challenge. This goes for every industry. There’s a new wave of women who are just as hungry, talented, and passionate as you are now.” We couldn’t agree more.


Phoebe has all the rare qualities that only come together, in a person, once in a generation. Her style, her beauty, her wit, her spirit bring life to her work, and bring something singular to Matteau.