We’re still recovering from the frightening quantity of long ties at the Emmys, so this week’s MOTH comes from the tail end of Fashion Week, when Amare Stoudamire decided to stop by the Richard Chai show. And naturally, he dressed for the occasion.
Unlike most of the celebs passing through, Amare could actually pass for a blogger. And we mean that in a good way.
Maybe it’s the V-neck/fedora combo, which makes him seem like a well-heeled but traditional newspaperman. Or the way the tweedy touches play with NBA-standard affectations like the sleeve tattoo or the Rolex. Either way, he fit right in with the first row—which is quite a feat for an NBA man. Now where’s his GQ cover?
There are plenty of old school American sneaker brands in need of rehabilitation, but Keds is pretty near the top of the list. And it looks like Richard Chai is the lucky designer who gets to take a crack at it.
Of course, pairing a hungry designer with a classic basketball shoe is a tried and true combination, and it would appear Chai is even borrowing a few tricks from his predecessors, like doing away with laces. New additions include zippers, puffy high tops and an intriguingly sheen finish…but we’ll have to wait at least another few months before we’re lucky enough to see them in person.
The oatmeal-loving minimalist Richard Chai is getting another shot at retail, thanks to a well-timed popup shop. This time, he’s taking to his brother’s rotating hipster depot DEN, with a few choice items from his recent Paris shows hitting the racks for the next few weeks.
As for the goods, it’s a bit more dour than last time around, but that might just be a sign of the times. The pants are all heavily cuffed for a grittily urban effect—none of Thom Browne’s nerd-chic here—with a few well-sewn jackets to complete the effect.
And apparently, like everyone else, he’s holding onto his chucks.
We’re past Labor Day, which means the fall collections are finally trickling into stores. Our favorite so far came to us by way of UrbanDaddy: the first men’s line from Richard Chai. Richard’s brother Eddy has been ruling lower Manhattan with an iron fist for the last few years as co-owner of Odin, but it’s safe to say Richard has more than nepotism on his side.
His new line looks like J. Crew circa 2020, with low-slung cardigans and multi-layered pea coats giving a surprising twist on one of our favorite looks. And we never say no to a v-neck, even if we don’t advise the all-oatmeal approach taken by the gentleman in the middle.
It’s shaping up to be an interesting autumn.
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