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.”
The man behind the sun-baked collection of menswear (that would be Mr. O’Neil) is a philosopher-king-of-the-beach who spent a few years of endless-summering around the globe, picking up menswear inspiration and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model for a wife along the way. In other words: exactly the kind of guy you want designing your Japanese indigo après-surf kimono, breezy double-weave stripped blazer and colorful popovers. It’s the sort of surf-worthy gear that wouldn’t look out of place at a coffee shop on the Lower East Side.