Who is in your mind when you’re creating Fear of God?
While there are many '80s and '90s references, ultimately my approach is really taking the guy outside this character a little bit. There’s something about that comfortability, and what we’re doing is a level of sophistication where the subject shines brighter than what they’re wearing. Maturity doesn’t mean stiffness, it’s simply another word for elegance and sophistication. As much as you want the clothes to speak, you want the person to wear it to speak louder.
You’re the master of cool styling and easy layering. What’s the secret to nailing that high/low look?
I would like to hope my personal style is a reflection of my maturation, my internal maturation, reflected exteriorly through my craft of design which I humbly believe is getting better with each collection.
How has dressing for the 9-5 changed in recent years? What are the rules in 2021? Are there any?
I think that there’s a sophistication in dressing casually that’s becoming more expected. The lifestyle today is not a 9-5, so as the world shifts to this more casual Friday approach, you now have guys who want to further separate themselves. For example, if you go back ten to fifteen years, the way to separate yourself is to be casual, but now it is shifting. Right now everyone is in a hoodie and sweats, and so now we’re going from that to suiting. Yet it has to be a little off and less intimidating and serious because inevitably people will want the comfort, to be at ease. What I want to achieve is a wardrobe that allows people to move and move through this modern lifestyle.