Josh Peskowitz and Nick Wooster. Photo: Tommy Ton
First things first: Park & Bond launched yesterday. If you haven’t seen it yet, get in there immediately. Owned by Gilt Groupe, it’s the latest, greatest men’s retailer on the internet, directed by Messrs Josh Peskowitz, Tyler Thoreson, Nick Wooster and Andy Comer – aka North America’s menswear dream team. I’ve had the privilege of writing a bunch of the site’s product descriptions over the past six weeks and I’m proud to say that the whole thing looks amazing – alongside the merchandise there’s a slew of editorial shoots; tips on how to achieve the perfect tie dimple or how to pack a suit; interviews with designers like Michael Bastian and more facts than you ever thought you needed to know about shoes. Back in June on the eve of Paris Fashion Week, I sat down with Josh Peskowitz at the Hotel Costes to talk about the Milanese week just been, his personal Fashion Week wardrobe strategy and those high-heeled male acrobats who closed the DSquared2 show. Check it out, below.
Isaac Hindin Miller: What was your favourite show in Milan?
Josh Peskowitz: That’s tough. I think it was Burberry. There’s this whole thing going on right now with the batik prints and I wasn’t expecting Burberry to go there but they did a really nice job of it. I liked it with the pants. The first part of the show they were showing parkas with fake fur hoods and I was like kind of like okay… But then they had the batik prints underneath them. Burberry does outerwear, so Spring’s always a challenge for them, but those batik prints were really dynamite. And it was just a lively show – it was open to the air, there was daylight in there, and it was just really nice. I liked it a lot.
IHM: What was your favourite runway moment?
JP: The finale of the DSquared2 show was pretty entertaining – these two guys did front flips in high heels. I mean, look, that’s not my thing, but that was a really impressive finale. The entire thing was really good – the first little vignette with the fishermen-inspired gear was really wearable. The rest of it was not for me, but it was classic DSquared2 – and if people like what they do then people are going to like that. And the finale, with the rotating stage and those guys came out and they were doing that dance and just… I mean I’ve never seen anybody doing a flip in heels before. It was insane. It was really crazy, and that was probably my favourite moment.
IHM: Did you have a favourite piece of the week?
JP: My favourite piece of the week was not in a show. My favourite piece was at Boglioli. They did this jacket out of a knit material but it was constructed like a jacket and it was so beautiful, so immaculately made – I was really really taken with it. It was gorgeous. I would live in one of those.
IHM: What’s your wardrobe strategy during the week, and does it change from Milan to Paris?
JP: Well Paris is colder. I like to be comfortable and I tend to dress up more in Milan than I do in Paris because it’s a suit city. But I like to have fun with my suits, I don’t wear business suits, I wear fun suits. I wear a jacket every day and – though there were two or three days when it was really hot and I went for kaftans – I wear a jacket every day because, number one: I typically wear a jacket; and number two: I don’t like to carry a bag and so having a jacket allows me to keep everything I need in it – sunglasses, notebook, camera, cellphone, pen, all that stuff, so it allows me to keep all my stuff with me. So I usually bring a lot of jackets with me. Besides that – you pack a bunch of shirts, you pack a bunch of pants, I tend to just bring stuff that I would wear anyway. I don’t really change how I look depending on where I am, so my strategy is to be comfortable, but I like to wear one thing that’s out of the ordinary. That’s just my philosophy on dressing: You have one piece that’s really a stand out piece, whether it’s a pair of shoes, or whether it’s the jacket itself or a shirt or a tie with an interesting pattern or an interesting combination of shirt and tie if I’m wearing a tie. I wear one thing that’s special and everything else is subtle compared to that one piece. That would be my strategy.
IHM: How many suitcases do you take when you come over?
JP: I take a hard case and then a carry-on and my computer bag. Usually I check one piece, sometimes I’ll check both the carry-on and the hard case, just cos like I said I don’t like carrying stuff, but when people see how much luggage I have they think, ‘Wow, how’d you get all that in there?’ But you know I pack pretty tight. It’s all about the roll man, I get a lot of stuff into those bags.
IHM: And what’s your fashion week drink?
JP: I drink white wine, preferably a Chablis, because as long as it’s really cold it’s really refreshing – you can have it in the afternoon or the early evening and still have your wits about you – which I think is really important – and then in Italy at night I tend to drink gin and tonics or gin and soda water because it’s really hot, but by the time I get to Paris I usually switch back to whiskey, because you know, I love it.
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