John Elliott Might Convince You To Rethink Your Wardrobe
TALKING STYLE UNIFORMS AND EARLY BEGINNINGS WITH THE RISING DESIGNER.
If you’ve ever donned a pair of skinny sweats, a hoodie with a side zip, or layered some drop-hem T-shirts, there’s a good chance you’ve got John Elliott to thank. The ever-grinding San Francisco native—now a resident of the City of Angels—debuted his first collection in Autumn/Winter 2011, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down since. Known to sell out faster than merch at a Yeezy show, Elliott’s modern American designs have won the praise of bloggers, industry veterans, and celebrities alike.
Though he’s a key player in the elevated basics movement, Elliott’s apparel is anything but basic. Each pattern is pored over by Elliott himself, and he’s always cruising around his L.A. factory to ensure the designs are up to his exacting standards. From shop kid to global designer , Elliott’s story of success is the sort of Horatio Alger, started-from-the-bottom tale that’s hard not to love. We caught up with him to talk style uniforms, dyslexia, and hard-won wisdom. Oh, and how the California Penal System sort of inspired his signature look.