This Spring, you want your suits more chilled out than buttoned up. Here, a crew of actors, musicians, models, and fashion insiders show how it’s done.
The suit ain’t dead—it’s just had all the stuffiness knocked out of it. To prove it, we got our hands on the best effortless and easygoing tailoring the fashion world has to offer and asked 24 multi-talented sartorial badasses to stop by our New York photo studio.
Age: 23 Hollywood Lineage: Son of Sean Penn and Robin Wright Occupation: Model-actor you’ll see in Brad Pitt’s new military flick, War Machine. “I kind of consider it my first movie. It’s the first one I got off an audition. And it was the greatest experience of my life.” The Suit: An old-school cotton check re-imagined with a bad attitude by Prada
Jordan Barrett and Hailey Baldwin
Ages: 20 Occupations: Supermodels, social media superstars, jet-setters. “Jordan can never confirm nor deny where he’ll be at any given time,” says Hailey. The Suit: A snow white double-breasted that all but comes standard with a silk shirt
Read a rare in-person conversation between the globetrotting models here.
Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir
Gucci’s Occupation: Prolific Atlanta rapper who roared back on the scene in 2016 Keyshia’s Occupation: Entrepreneur and model The Suit: Silk with a long, lean coat and an easy fit Couple Goals: Besides dropping two albums and a book in 2017, Gucci is producing a movie starring him and Keyshia.
“You know, this is my best friend, and a lot of what I do I share it with her. We’re a team.”—Gucci Mane
Age: 25 Occupation: Scene-stealing stoner from Donald Glover’s FX show, Atlanta, who just hit the big screen in Jordan Peele’s critically-acclaimed horror film Get Out. The Jacket: It’s like a Nehru jacket, if Nehru summered in Italy—best paired with a faded-green overcoat.
“A suit makes you feel like you’re here to handle business, and I may be here to do that. Or I may just be here to stir shit up.”
Occupation: Dynamic stage, TV, and film actor best known as William from Westworld The Jacket: A peak-lapel sharp enough to put an eye out, made casual in pinkwhite- and-black plaid Next Project: Under the Silver Lake, an L.A. opus starring Andrew Garfield
Read our interview with Jimmi about Westworld and his reinvigorated style here.
Occupation: If you haven’t seen him in Deadwood, John Wicks one and two, or that episode of Game of Thrones, you’ll recognize his sonorous voice. Trust us. Up Next: The much hyped Starz series American Gods The Coat: A soft-shouldered, unstructured topcoat you can flex in through summer Bling: See the skull ring? Yep—his wife had it custom-made for him when he played Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean.
“I always used to wear a black evening jacket with a pair of black jeans and boots. I mean, I was wearing that 20 years ago, and now everybody does it. The jeans just got a little tighter—thank you, Hedi Slimane.”— Ian McShane
Austin Brown & Sam York
Occupation: N.Y.C.-based rock ’n’ rollers—he plays guitar for Parquet Courts (about to record their sixth LP), she fronts the buzzy band WALL (and models in her spare time). The Jacket: Lightweight, doublebreasted, and neutral Hair Inspiration: “I’m Debbie Harry, 1979, and he’s George Harrison, 1968,” says Sam.
The Nepenthes Crew
Angelo Urrutia, Abdul Abasi, Takuya Yamamoto, Kevin Yanes
The Store: Nepenthes is home base for Engineered Garments, the influential brand of quirky, Japanese-inflected Americana. The Suits: Totally structure-free and manufactured steps from the shop in N.Y.C.’s Garment District. “The way we make things can’t be replicated anywhere else,” says Angelo, who heads up the brand’s development.
The Armoury Crew
Jeff Hilliard, Jim Parker, Amechi Ugwu, Ben Levy
The Store: The most dashing and modern haberdashery in N.Y.C. The Suits: The finest Italian and Japanese tailoring worn the Armoury way—a little formal, a little easy. “Soft tailoring is a great way for people to start getting into tailoring, or at least renew their interest in it. It’s not as intimidating when it wears like casual clothing,” says Armoury co-owner Mark Cho.
Big Sean and Jhené Aiko
Occupations: The Detroit-bred rapper and his ethereal-voiced “best friend” have become music’s new power couple with their collaborative project, Twenty88. The Suit: The floral print is super flashy, but the fit is totally chill.
Big Sean discusses “bossing up” on his new album I Decided, talks how to stand out in a suit, and previews what’s next for him and Jhené in an exclusive interview here.
Ryan McGinley & Marc Domingo
Ryan’s Occupation: Culture-quaking art and fashion photographer Marc’s Occupation: Baroque musician. (He plays the viola da gamba.) The Suits: A contemporary silhouette (on Ryan) and soft, lean Italian tailoring (on Marc).
“I buy a lot of clothes that are sort of risk-taking fashion things, and I never, ever wear them—I just like to look at them. And then Marc came into my life, and he wears all of it.”—Ryan McGinley
Heloise Guerin & Patrick Demarchelier
Patrick’s Occupation: Legendary fashion photographer. (You name them, he’s shot them.) Heloise’s Occupation: Paris-born model (who’s married to Patrick’s son Victor, the photographer of this story) The Jacket: Ralph Lauren’s silk-blend blue—the epitome of effortless cool
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