BRAND: Grahame Fowler Original
FOUNDED BY: Grahame G. Fowler
HOME BASE: New York
WHY WE CO-SIGN: Even if his clothing wasn't official, Grahame Fowler is the type of a designer we would mess with strictly based on his fashion industry resume, which includes names like Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Yves Saint Laurent. Couple that with his super-dope, handmade menswear line characterized by relaxed silhouettes, impeccable attention to detail, and use of fine fabrics, and we're officially on full-time jock mode.
We've been pushing you guys to get a little more dressed up for a minute, and Grahame's classic-with-a-touch-of-modern pieces will really help anyone neatly balance their look between casual and formal. The collection includes uniquely detailed shirts described as "the best" by Barney's creative director Simon Doonan, well-fitting jackets with hidden insider straps for holding newspapers(!), and accessories with the right amount of punch that are sure to add nice accents to outfits. In short, if you enjoy top-notch quality and like to stay dipped in the best, look no further than Grahame Fowler Original.
Keep reading for our interview with Grahame Fowler and his five winter essentials. Our picks from his Spring '09 collection are also after the jump...
Grahame Fowler's Five Winter Essentials
1. Vintage M65 Quilted EX Army Parka
2. Trickers Cordovan Boots
3. Hoht Sen Cha Green Tea
4. Pima Cotton Long Johns
5. Hand Knitted Hiking Socks
Complex: How would you describe your Spring '10 collection?
Grahame: A range of unlined three-button washed suits made from high-density Japanese twill weave fabric, two-ply 80's and 100's Italian shirtings, and the introduction of women's shirtings.
Complex: What's your favorite piece in the collection?
Grahame: "Edward". A double-breasted, six-button, twin-vent, high-break, military-inspired jacket. Constructed in a soft twill weave 100% waterproofÂ wool. Inspired by the 1930s' English naval officers jacket as wornÂ by Lord L Mountbatten.
Complex: What was the first designer item you bought or wore?
Grahame: Levi's 501 button-fly jeans that I had to travel down to London to purchase. It was required attire for the 1969 twistedÂ wheel soul club.Â
Complex: Any anticipated collaborations in the near future?
Grahame: Outerwear UK project/Motorcycle/Scooter "Authentic" jackets and outerwear.Â My continued Â commitment to the TICT (Textile Workers Children's Charity) in the U.K. through the manufacture and sale of my "Goodwill Bears."
Complex: What price points does the brand offer?
Grahame: Shirts: $150-300; suits: $750-$4,000; jackets: $250-$1,250; shoes: $150-$850; bags: $50-350; t-shirts: $25-75.
WHERE TO FIND IT: Grahame Fowler Original, 138 West 10th street, New York, NY 10014.Â