Robert Geller Interview by JC Report

Posted Aug 25, 2008 by ari in robert geller

Interview: Robert Geller's Fierce Menswear Game
August 12th, 2008 - New York



With so many designers vying for the top spot, menswear in New York is a competitive game. Though the verdict is still out as to who will rise, German-born designer Robert Geller is a safe bet. Geller (formerly of Cloak) churns out fiercely cut garments in none too precious fabrics that are frippery free and infectiously cool. We recently caught up with the New York-based Geller, who told us how his eponymous brand got started, what gets his creative juices flowing and dished his advice on how men can look good.

JC Report: Tell us how and why you started your label Robert Geller.
Robert Geller: After leaving Cloak, I started working with a small womenswear collection. Working in womenswear is fascinating, but I knew in my mind that I wasn't done with menswear. One day, I received a call from a foreign investor who expressed their desire to support a new collection under the Robert Geller name. After much planning, negotiations and a lot of traveling, I launched my first season in autumn/winter of '07-'08.
JCR: What gets your creative juices flowing?
RG: I tend to be inspired by places and time-periods that I find fascinating. For instance, the fall collection started by looking into Prussia in the mid-19th century. I pictured it as very dark and at a time where there was an intense curiosity to understand the world. These images build in my mind as I start researching the subject. It isn't really referencing the reality of how men were dressed at the time, but more of what I would have wanted them to look like.
JCR: Your price point is really attractive, but your offerings do not sacrifice quality. How do you balance the creative and the commercial aspects of your work?
RG: I have great people who I work with in all aspects of the business. Production and quality is something we take very seriously. We continue to research and work hard to find out ways we can offer good price points without sacrificing the quality.
JCR: There are so many menswear designers in New York. How do you stay competitive?
RG: There are many US-based designers getting a lot of attention now, which brings general interest to all of us. I can't remember a time when so many US designers have done so well. It is an exciting time, especially in menswear and I'm very happy to be a part of it.
JCR: How do you compare menswear between New York and Europe?
RG: I think that the atmosphere in Europe is much stricter. Because of the sense of history there, it takes much longer for a new designer to be accepted and receive proper attention. New York is supportive of young talent especially in menswear. I think that over here we're all happy to see local talent emerging.
JCR: What is your best style advice for men?
RG: Do not take it too seriously. The most stylish people all seem to have a lot of fun with the way they dress. It has to be natural and fitting to your personality.


This interview was conducted by Robert Cordero.

Peter Jensen UPDATED: AW 08/09

Posted Aug 16, 2008 by Emanuel in peter jensen

Peter Jensen's profile on London Fashion Week's homepage sums up the line's personality very nicely:
Name: Peter Jensen
How long have you been showing at LFW? Jensen launched his collection for Autumn/Winter 2001.
Describe the style of your designs in three words. “Very nice clothes.â€
What is inspiring you at the moment? “Alison Steadman.â€
What's new? Jensen is busy not only with his own line, but also collaborations with Topshop and Falbe, a tailoring brand from his native Denmark.
What do you love about London? “My home, Sunday lunch and stylist Lucy Ewing.â€

Jensen's clothes take the fun and homespun charm of fashion without losing the quality in tailoring and fabrics. The new fall arrivals are feel-good wonderful all around. This is no surprise with the A/W '08 collection taking inspiration from the character of Candice-Marie in Mike Leigh's 1976 television movie Nuts in May. The result is full of imaginative knits with a distinctive hand-made aesthetic.



Here's the collection, along with a runway preview (care of http://www.peterjensen.co.uk):




Peter Jensen Fox Knit Jumper, $395 CAD
Peter Jensen Box Pleat Collared Button Up (on him), $315 CAD




Peter Jensen Unisex Cardigan with Bunny (not a very good runway picture but it's tied around his waist!), $295 CAD




Peter Jensen Double Layer Print Skirt, $575 CAD




Peter Jensen Boucle Secretary Skirt, $325 CAD



Peter Jensen Embroidered Collar L/S Dress, $395 CAD

Peter Jensen Picture Knit Scarf (not pictured), $225 CAD

Peter Jensen Picture Knit Hat (not pictured), $140 CAD

GPTG on CityTV in Edmonton!

Posted Aug 13, 2008 by Tailored Goods Edmonton in news

Catch some familiar faces from the Gravitypope stores in Edmonton today on CityTV! Emanuel from G.P. Tailored Goods, Mike D. from Gravitypope shoes, and Ramona from G.P. Head Office help showcase what's hot for denim this fall on Wednesday, August 13 at 6 or 11 PM.

If you're reading this after the fact, you can still catch the broadcast online on Citytv.com! Here's a link to the streamed video:
CityTV's Guide to Going Denim

NEW ARRIVAL AT GPTG: High Use: AW 08/09

Posted Aug 8, 2008 by Emanuel in high, high use

New for Autumn 2008 at GPTG, High Use comes to us from Italy, a fledgling label on its third season this Fall/Winter. Entrusting its creative direction to Claire Campbell, who is known most for her work with Marithé et François Girbaud, the brand's philosophy is summed up in a four word line: "High Casual Everyday Couture". Come in-store to take a look at the pieces for yourself. And while you're in, ask for this season's look book to help familiarize yourself with the label, distributed only to the best boutiques worldwide.

A rough translation of a quote from Campbell commenting on the line: "Using only the highest quality in material, the collections designed for HIGH emanate a calm elegance when they are worn, when they become part of the person's life. Today, the border between formal and casual is by now indistinct. There are no existing rules to prevent the joining of the two concepts: this is the essence of 'abbigliamento contemporaneo' [contemporary apparel]."


High Use Sugar Ruffle Hem Blouse, $445 CAD


High Use Bloom Long Fitted Cardigan, $790 CAD


High Use Drama Double Breasted Overcoat, $1525 CAD


High Use Mou Long Sleeve Collared Dress, $690 CAD

SUPER on SELECTISM.com

Posted Aug 2, 2008 by Emanuel in SUPER, super sunglasses


Take a look at this blog post on SELECTISM, who gives a nice preview of SUPER sunglasses' Fall/Winter collection. Stay tuned for GPTG's own fall order:

SUPER Eyewear 2008 Fall Sneak Peek on SELECTISM.com