This fine morning, in Iowa, they’re caucusing. Here at Kempt, we’re men’s-fashion-week-ing. That is, distilling four days of all the things you’ll have shopping pangs for about six months from now into four days of highly digestible, news-breaking, backstage-going, visually stimulating tweets.
During the recent New York Fashion Week: Men’s, we saw a more refined continuation of the trend toward athleisure. With a willingness to mix modish suiting with materials like neoprene (the wetsuit stuff), Loris Diran is seemingly at the forefront of that trend. So we caught up with him to talk about his recently shown SS16 collection. And the vast universe.
Fresh off a strong showing (complete with beach bum zombies) at NYFWM, Thaddeus O’Neil and his textured, windswept surf fashion are what you’d call in-demand right now.
Recently, we gave our designer questionnaire to the rhapsodic O’Neil, who spoke on his many inspirations, his past as a Native American with a Galahad complex and the existential implications of trendiness.
A completely out-of-context snippet: “Lone Ranger and Tonto and the Attack of the Killer Pineapples in the Tropical Gardens of Henri Rousseau.”
Lucio Castro’s got one of those oh-so-common stories where he studied medicine in Argentina, dabbled in film writing and then transitioned to men’s fashion. To boot, we love his stuff, which makes him someone we want to hear from.
Between shows last week at NYFW: Men’s, we carved out some time to sit down with a few insiders (like Todd Snyder and Jessy Heuvelink, whose interviews we’ve run the past couple days).
Today, we run back the chat we had with Nish de Gruiter, VP of Suitsupply—who’ve nearly single-handedly revolutionized the menswear game since landing on American soil—about their current season, his most coveted item from his days at Cucinelli, what Suitsupply will never make and more.
Amidst all of the hullabaloo of NYFW: Men’s last week, J. Lindeberg’s head of design, Jessy Heuvelink, was surprisingly calm and collected. He was even gracious enough to sit down for a chat with us the day before unveiling his latest J. Lindberg collection in a presentation at Spring Studios.