How is this idea manifesting in the next Craft Atlantic line?
You take fabrics that—again, through technology and innovation—can be super light and thin, but then still have the structure and rigidity and permanence of a fabric that’s otherwise thick and heavy.
You’re on the move, you’re going to a lot of places, so you don’t need or want clothes that are heavy and that weigh you down. That was a necessity back then, because the technology didn’t exist. If you needed something warm, it had to be heavy. Now we have technology that can thin down a material and still [retain] warmth and all the properties you need from it.
This sort of versatility is a common theme in modern menswear.
I think modern American style is the ability to be everywhere at the same time. That has informed so much of modern-day life, where you can be anywhere in the world and still work and still be connected with everybody else. For me, that’s a huge part of what has informed how we dress. You don’t have to wear a three-piece tailored suit to go to work anymore because you may not be going to an office. You might be at home working or at a café. So much of that has informed our wardrobe.
What’s your daily look?
I definitely love a uniform. I also love navy, which is no big surprise to anyone at this point. Even though it is a uniform, you can get so many different shades of navy or blue. The possibilities are endless, just in terms of how you combine them or layer them. I’m very much for that look, then offsetting it with a vintage watch, and lately I’m obsessed with sneakers and shoes. Either the technical, modern, hybrid sneakers or sandals that originated from the Teva style. I’m actually wearing this Japanese brand today, Suicoke. They’re finally starting to have a presence in the states. I was just in Tokyo; they’re everywhere there.
Travel is a big part of the Craft Atlantic brand. Do you find a lot of inspiration on trips?
I do. I’m always traveling, and I used to travel a lot for work as an architect. So that’s where the function part starts to come into play. You start to need things that are comfortable and that can last you through extended periods of different activities. Then you throw in the fact that you still do want to look presentable or polished.
It’s that duality of having to look put-together, but also being functional. Travel originally was a big part of Craft Atlantic, and as the brand evolves, the take-home is that you are traveling constantly. Whether it’s within the city or not, that notion of movement is what’s really the important part.