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

The German born menswear designer taps into his archived pieces and adds some surf inspiration to it.

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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