Worldwise: Fashion Designer Nigel Curtiss’ Favorite Things
, 2022-05-11 18:54:00,
British fashion designer
has mastered the art of slow fashion.
In a time where fast fashion is dominating e-commerce sales, Curtiss shows us what sustainable chic looks like in his flagship boutique in New York.
“We want to make small quantities of the very best clothes,” Curtiss says. “We want everything that is made to be worn and loved and kept and passed on to the next generation. This is not fast fashion; it’s arduous, passionate, and beloved fashion.”
Curtiss has been a fashion designer for over 30 years. He started out as a textile designer in London, selling fabrics to
In the 1980s, he designed menswear for Comme des Garçons, working alongside designer
and further honed his skills working inside the fashion houses of Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo. Curtiss created custom clothing for
which led him to creating his own eponymous brand.
Curtiss’ trademark is thoughtful fashion. He is known for crafting cozy items from luxury cashmere, silk sourced from eco-friendly farms, and denim dyed with a natural, plant-based indigo created in solar-powered factories. In short, all products are manufactured in small quantities, and the team makes an effort to work with local factories, organic fabrics, recycled yarns, and eco-friendly packaging.
His latest line is a variety of clothing inspired by the punk ethos of London in the 1970s—using loud patterns, dramatic shapes and bold colors—which is met with an upscale elegance. “It’s tongue and cheek, the spirit of the 1980s,” Curtiss says.
“Our biggest success is our silk pajamas, which you can wear out to a restaurant,” he explains. “It’s multi-functional pajamas, they’re for men…
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