June 3, 2023


Passion For Fashion

Worldwise: Fashion Designer Nigel Curtiss’ Favorite Things

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Worldwise: Fashion Designer Nigel Curtiss’ Favorite Things


British vogue designer
Nigel Curtiss
has mastered the artwork of gradual trend.

In a time where rapid vogue is dominating e-commerce income, Curtiss displays us what sustainable chic looks like in his flagship boutique in New York.

“We want to make tiny portions of the extremely best clothes,” Curtiss claims. “We want anything that is made to be worn and cherished and stored and handed on to the subsequent era. This is not fast vogue it’s arduous, passionate, and beloved style.”

Curtiss has been a trend designer for more than 30 several years. He began out as a textile designer in London, promoting fabrics to
Vivienne Westwood
Paul Smith.
In the 1980s, he developed menswear for Comme des Garçons, doing the job alongside designer
Rei Kawakubo,
and more honed his competencies doing the job inside the style houses of Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo. Curtiss created customized apparel for
Mick Jagger
Arnold Schwarzenegger,
which led him to producing his have eponymous manufacturer.

Curtiss’ trademark is thoughtful manner. He is known for crafting cozy merchandise from luxurious cashmere, silk sourced from eco-pleasant farms, and denim dyed with a purely natural, plant-centered indigo created in photo voltaic-powered factories. In shorter, all solutions are manufactured in tiny portions, and the workforce can make an exertion to get the job done with nearby factories, natural fabrics, recycled yarns, and eco-friendly packaging.

His hottest line is a assortment of garments motivated by the punk ethos of London in the 1970s—using loud designs, extraordinary designs and bold colors—which is fulfilled with an upscale magnificence. “It’s tongue and cheek, the spirit of the 1980s,” Curtiss says.

“Our greatest success is our silk pajamas, which you can have on out to a restaurant,” he points out. “It’s multi-purposeful pajamas, they are for adult men and women—everyone is utilised to carrying dishevelled, unfastened clothes, it appears to be awesome and has a retro vibe, solid prints with an sophisticated ingredient to it.”

Final November, he expanded into all set to put on garments along with his business partner and wife,
Monica Mitro,
a previous executive from Victoria Secret. Some of the abilities he has dressed contain Pals star
David Schwimmer,
Duran Duran’s
Simon LeBon,
Lily Aldridge,
and actor
Mickey Rourke.

Curtiss just lately shared some of his favourite factors with Penta.

Curtiss is regarded for crafting cozy things from luxurious cashmere, silk sourced from eco-helpful farms, and denim dyed with a all-natural, plant-centered indigo designed in photo voltaic-driven factories.

Picture courtesy of Nigel Curtiss

My favorite issue about London is… I’m from Brighton, I could not wait to get out. In London, I really like the Connaught Lodge, which is in Mayfair and totally beautiful, and just all around the corner from it, Scott’s, the seafood restaurant.  

My 1980s fashion icons include…
David Bowie,
George Michael
is enjoyment,
Holly Johnson
from Frankie Goes To Hollywood,
Simon Le Bon
Duran Duran,
the new romantics glimpse.
Steve Odd,
the co-founder of the Blitz club in London, far too.

My beloved neighborhood in Tokyo is… very well, I spent 13 a long time living in Tokyo, and I still just cannot get adequate of it. For me, I enjoy the quieter component of Roppongi.

My aspiration holiday vacation is… Ischia, an island near to Capri, off the Gulf of Naples in Italy. I like keeping at the Mezzatorre Resort & Spa, they have incredible therapies. It does not have the number of visitors that Capri has, it’s quiet and there’s no cruise ships.

My most loved place to get a drink in New York is…
Casa Cipriani,
a member’s club on South Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. It feels like you are on a cruise ship from the 1930s, and the sights are stellar. They have a superb jazz club there. You get to blend with the people you want to blend with, it’s a location to meet your good friends.

My beloved art museum is… the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

In my art selection, I have… artwork by unidentified artists. I would enjoy a piece by Banksy, and its potent political messaging. I derive a ton of my inspiration from fabric archives. For my present collection, I went to Lake Como and frequented the factories that made silkscreen prints that have been in company for hundreds of years. For me, it is like getting inside an artwork gallery. If you can come across a hundred-12 months-aged paisley print and I can get 100 yards of it, which is my variety of artwork.

My favourite product I possess is… I have a hundred-calendar year-outdated Japanese display on my wall in my flagship boutique in the Meatpacking District. It is from Thomsen Gallery, which is on the Upper East Facet. It’s my most loved New York artwork gallery, which to me, is a greatest stored top secret.

The most lavish point about manner is… apparel that truly feel as if they ended up made just for them—from the in good shape to the fabric and the design and style. Whether you’re getting prepared-to-have on or tailoring for a distinctive situation, selecting clothes should really sense like a personal discussion between the buyer and the model, and which is what we are fired up to produce with my model.

The ideal guidance I ever obtained was… ‘don’t give up,’ in particular when you get the job done in a imaginative industry. So quite a few people today arrive to me and say, “I want to be a fashion designer,” and I say, there’s so substantially rejection. It is these kinds of hard work. It’s difficult, but if you’ve obtained it and you maintain striving, you will get there in the conclusion. It’s so worthwhile, it’s this sort of a pleasurable market to be in.

A passion of mine that couple individuals know about is… biking. I certainly adore using my bike by the Hamptons in the summer time.

If I could have a drink with any person in the globe, it would be…
Keith Richards.

My favourite arrondissement to walk as a result of in Paris is… the Marais in the 4th arrondissement. There’s so several minimal boutiques and retailers there, it is an eclectic slice of charming Parisian tradition. Such terrific power, so significantly to do. It’s my favorite in Europe, by far the most wonderful a single but I wouldn’t want to dwell there.

The point that gets me up in the early morning is… my dog Max, he will come ideal up and rolls into my confront and wakes me up. He’s a rescue mutt. He doesn’t do it to my spouse, even though. Only me. 

This interview has been edited for duration and clarity.


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