Love the herringbone coat. We saw loads of
great herringbone at Pitti. What's your take on it? Why do you like
it and how do you wear it more often than not?
Thank you very much. Herringbones and other traditional English
patterns / cloths have been having a moment for a few seasons
now, which is something I certainly am not complaining about. My
natural inclination always goes to the old-school, authentic cloths
and this particular one is a beautiful black & cream
herringbone tweed from Ireland. I like the dry hand, soft colors,
weight, and how nicely it drapes, especially in this new raglan
coat model from our most recent Fall collection. This fabric and
style is quite versatile which I appreciate, so I'm able to wear it
with everything from flannel suits to denim and a hoodie.
You're also sporting a gun
club check blazer. Are you a fan of clashing checks or patterns and
do you have any tips?
I love this particular jacket. It's a wool & cashmere blend
from Italy, their homage to a proper English gun club check. I do
like it when you can mix patterns & colors, particularly in
winter because it just feels natural with the heavier cloths. When
I do mix, I always try to do so in subtle ways, like a tonal color
palette or varying scales of similar patterns. I am quite simple
and classic when it comes to my style, I don't try to do too much
or be the loudest person in the room.
I really like how you've incorporated workwear touches
like the denim shirt, chinos and beanie. Would you say your go-to
style is a blend of workwear and formal classic
It's a good representation of my style. I like to dress very
high / low and combine a few different styles. I prefer when my
clothing doesn't feel too precious, so if I'm wearing something
luxe, I'll try to combine it with something more rugged to balance
it out. Mixing styles has always felt natural to me since I was
young because of the different things I was into when I was a kid
from basketball to prep to hip hop. Also, I think my years working
at Ralph Lauren taught me a lot about how to incorporate different
elements when creating looks. He's the best to ever do it. When it
comes to tailoring in particular, I think it's important to show
that it doesn't have to be so serious. You can certainly dress up
tailoring, which I love of course, but it's easy to dress it down
in a way that still looks fresh and most importantly, comfortable.
That's the thing I love the most about Ring Jacket. Our garments
are super comfortable, the fit is amazing. It's all about the blend
of old-school elegance that's executed in a modern, comfortable
way. And lastly, I just have to say that the jacket (or suit) is
the best article of clothing that was ever designed for a man, and
it always will be. Nothing looks better.
Do you have any rules when it comes to thinking about
pulling a look together?
I'm sure I have plenty of rules in my own internal monologue,
but I'll keep them to myself ha. I just try to keep it simple and
focus on fit, color, and comfort. You've got to feel natural in
what you're wearing. That's the best tip I can offer.
Can you talk us through your accessories? (watch, bag,
sunglasses and belt)?
Accessories are where I like to be a bit more adventurous. It's
all about the details. You can show off your personality a bit
more. The watch is a vintage 1940's French chronograph. It was
actually the first watch I bought myself when I was 22 and had
recently moved to NYC. I didn't have a huge budget and I got it for
a steal on eBay before the vintage watch market really took off. I
thought I lost it years ago, but found it recently in a box in my
parent's house over Christmas, so I've been wearing it again. It's
a nostalgic piece for me. I love watches and you will always find
one on my wrist, I feel naked otherwise. The bag is a canvas and
leather tote bag from RRL from when I first worked at RL. I've had
it for about 10 years now. It's traveled all over the world with me
and is very durable. It just gets better with age. Sunglasses are
another thing I definitely have too many of, but I just can't stop
myself from buying them, particularly vintage because of the
quality of the construction and materials. This pair is from a
small collaboration that Byredo did with Oliver Peoples about 4-5
years ago. I think it was the first non-fragrance product he ever
did. I loved the pale yellow photochromic lenses and the matte
black frame. The shape is really good too, a bit classic and a bit
modern, and they just happen to look decent on my mug. The belt is
probably my favorite in my entire collection. I love how thin it
is, the design of the buckle, and the honey-ish color of the
crocodile. It's vintage Purple Label I've had for years. As you can
probably tell by now, I tend to hold onto pieces that I love and
wear them to death...that's how it should be in my opinion.