The Photograph Gallery
Lexus‘ Recent Views venture consists of six artists create works in 24 hours based mostly on the themes of Problem, Empower, and Escape. Now it’s time to take a better take a look at every artist and get a really feel for his or her artwork varieties, inspiration and method. Design Milk is likely one of the 5 unique ambassadors of this thrilling challenge delivered to you by the edgy new Lexus CT Hybrid.
I caught up with Robert James, menswear designer, who has a store situated in New York Metropolis. You’ll be able to verify him out on Fb and Twitter.
What made you interested by stitching and trend?
I took a job at an incredible males’s store whereas in Engineering faculty, and shortly discovered my ardour for type. Quickly after I started to place my love of design and development to work making clothes and a line of display tees on the market. Studying to stitch was a enjoyable expertise. As soon as I made a decision to attend F.I.T. I wanted to make clothes to safe my entry. I started to driving residence early each Saturday morning to from Columbus, OH to Troy, OH about 70 miles away. Mother and I might sew for a hours. Then I would go away simply in time to make it again to Columbus to satisfy my pals out.
When did you first launch your assortment, and the way has your line grown since?
I left my final company job January four, 2008. I knew there was no going again. I referred to as my quickly to be spouse ML and stated “It’s time to open the store.” A few years earlier whereas hawking my tees at an area Rave or Pageant or what ever it was, I made a decision that I might open my very own model and store once I was 35. I simply so occurs that I might flip 35 on July 18th 2008. The yr had arrived and I got down to deal with my dream. I obtained busy writing my marketing strategy and getting the road collectively and despatched the thought to my brother Glenn to see if he may assist me out. With some legwork, I had a strong plan that my brother comply with fund the undertaking for half possession. We we off and operating. Subsequent I recruited ML to assist with PR, Advertising and Operations. It took us eight months, however we opened our first boutique September 7, 2008. It was a Friday night and we had laid the brand new wooden flooring and painted the partitions. I wheeled a number of rolling racks in place, dressed the varieties within the window, cranked the music and opened my door. It might be a couple of weeks until my first assortment would arrive, however I bought what was left over from the store earlier than and a few tees I had been hauling with me through the years of creating promote tees. Issues have modified lots since these days. I look throughout the store now and see 5 or 6 our bodies whirling about getting ready to open our second store in John Allan’s the famed males grooming professional Tribeca salon. I additionally consider all the brand new individuals I gotten to serve and hope to have the ability to proceed to serve sooner or later. The gathering itself has grown by leaps and bonds as I rush to say what I’ve to say, work to study extra and enhance my course of and the shapes and fabrication of the clothes. To say we now have come a great distance is understatement, however I consider the strides we have now made in these first three years will appear to be baby’s play once we look again three years from now.
Describe your model in three phrases.
“SIMPLE, HONEST, HANDSOME”
Have you ever ever thought-about doing a lady’s line?
No, if I have been to return throughout a expertise that might praise mine sooner or later I’d think about it, however for now my ardour is menswear and making “Easy, Trustworthy, Good-looking” clothes for males.
What are you engaged on proper now?
We’re engaged on opening store #2 and and getting all of the logistics labored out to organize for enlargement. Simply to maintain issues enjoyable although I’m engaged on what can be within the store in Fall 2011. That and preparing for my wedding ceremony on eleven.eleven.eleven.
How did you become involved with Recent Views?
One of many crew members Arron had purchased a coat from me and when introduced with the venture he put my identify forth. From there I handed off the invitation to ML who — amongst different issues — kills it as my Director Advertising and PR and relaxation as they are saying is historical past.
What was probably the most difficult a part of creating a bit of labor in 24 hours?
I assume that you simply don’t have lots of time to edit your self. It’s enjoyable although you simply hold your head down and do what you understand how to do greatest and keep true to your faculty.
For those who might collaborate with one of many different Recent Views artists, who wouldn’t it be and why?
I might select to with “V” the singer I really like her music and it will be enjoyable to host an occasion that she carried out at. I might be equally as excited to shoot some frames with Tod Seelie or collaborate on a screenprint with Augustine Kofie, the painter.
Photographs by Timothy Younger.
Right here’s a sneak peek of Robert’s work for Recent Views:
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Subsequent week, we’ll reveal what all of the artists have created so keep tuned!
Design Milk has partnered with Lexus on Recent Views, a collection that highlights work by six artists from totally different disciplines. Every artist created two items of artwork based mostly on three themes — Problem, Empower, and Escape — and each bit was made inside 24 hours. Because of Lexus, this undertaking not solely helps artwork but in addition helps help Design Milk’s efforts to advertise rising artists.