Interview: Robert Geller Discusses His Capsule Collection For Fred Segal Man

Interview: Robert Geller Discusses His Capsule Collection For Fred Segal Man

L.A. shop Fred Segal Man has recently collaborated with menswear designer Robert Geller in a limited edition capsule collection consisting of 4 pieces: a garment-dyed Japanese denim rider jacket, a fade-dye hooded sweatshirt, a sleeveless "Oceanside" reversible sleeveless tee and a cropped neon Japanese denim.

"Fred Segal is one of our leading retail partners who have been ushering the way in men's fashion retail for many years," said Robert Geller. " Prices start at $180 for the sleeveless tee to $650 for the Japanese denim rider jacket.

Available at Fred Segal Man and online starting Friday March 30.  

Complex: How did you go about collaborating with Fred Segal?

Robert Geller: We have been working with Fred Segal from the very start and we had been talking about developing some pieces for a while. Their customer is very specific and certain styles always do very well with them. We wanted to create a look that feels very C cool while keeping the moodiness of our collections.

Describe your favorite piece in the collection.

I love the denim rider Jacket. I think it came out really cool. It is a garment dyed take on the classic denim jacket made from Japanese denim. Really I like the way the look turned out as a whole. 

We loved your signature neon yellow jeans from your Beuys Don't Cry S/S 2008 collection, did that influence this collection with Fred Segal? 

Well that collection had a lot to do with the 3 years that I lived in L.A. as a teenager. I loved surfing and skating and the whole feel of the beach culture. This is definitely referencing that.

 What was the first designer item you bought or wore? 

I remember, back when I lived in L.A., so I must have been 11 or 12 and my stepfather took me to the Ralph Lauren store in Beverly Hills and he bought me a suede shirt to go with my Vintage 501's. I felt so cool. My mom was pissed because it was so expensive.

Any anticipated collaborations in the near future?

We don't have anything planned with Fred Segal but I can see us doing this kind of thing every couple of seasons. It was nice to work with them on this. We have an on-going collaboration with Common Projects and started a new collaboration for fall with this great basics company here in New York named Etiquette. We are doing 2 styles of socks in 3 color ways.  

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