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All Quotes by author - Michael Bastian
" A cheap suit is a cheap suit; there's nothing you can do about it. "
" All it takes is for one person to say, 'Wow, that looks great on you' - and then they wear it for the next 10 years. That's the great thing about guys. They just need that little bit of encouragement. "
" Anyone can be James Dean for a day. "
" As a group, the fashion industry has been one of the strongest in the effort to fight HIV and AIDS. There are many groups dedicated to fighting this disease; GMHC's Fashion Forward is just one of them. But I think everyone in this industry fights it in their own way. "
" A shirt's not just a shirt. It's the experience of what goes into that shirt. "
" At a certain point, this is a brand. It's got to be bigger than me as one little person. We have a lane - and it's a good lane - and want to drive faster down that lane. "
" Boston's such a unique city. I feel like 50 percent of its DNA turns over every semester. "
" Celebrities, the beach, and Coachella, that's what everyone thinks about when they think of Los Angeles. Then you see these people living in Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, and they're so chic and have so much style. "
" Designer pricing should hurt, but it shouldn't kill you. You wince when you hand over your AmEx, but once you get it home, you never regret it. You divide it by how many days you're using it, and suddenly it becomes affordable. "
" Edie and Lew Wasserman were chic as hell. "
" Even if it's a polo shirt and chinos, they should be the best possible quality and fit perfectly. "
" Everyone looks better and more alive in a pink shirt. "
" Flip-flops are a privilege, not a right. "
" Good clothes are good clothes, and they don't need whales and tricks and too many jokes. Sometimes you just need something to wear. "
" Gray feels like the city. "
" Gray has this crisp, neat-as-a-pin thing going for it, whereas black seems lazy and, at the same time, like it's trying too hard. "
" Great ideas are very much 'of the moment,' and endlessly mulling them over just takes up too much of your brain space and might block your next great idea. Act on it, give it away, or move on. "
" Guys are leery about putting on something they don't think is them. They have a fixed idea of themselves. "
" Guys look best when they have a healthy disrespect for their clothes. "
" Honestly, I'm not so much of a tech guy. "
" I consistently go back to myself: What am I looking for or wanting to wear myself, right now, that I don't already have? I always figure if I'm looking for it, a lot of guys are. "
" I'd like to think my brand shares some of those characteristics we like to think of as classically American - a certain straightforwardness, honesty, a sense of humor, inclusiveness, practicality - all those great Yankee traits. And I don't mean the baseball team. "
" I don't know if I would use that word, 'trailblazer.' That implies that this huge crowd followed me, and that certainly is not the case! "
" I feel like design school might ruin people, particularly if you're a menswear designer, as there's not much focus on business. "
" I feel like everyone should buy less but buy better. "
" If everything is a little baggy, then everything will look sloppy when you layer one piece on top of another. Your sport coat should easily fit over a shirt and a fine-gauge sweater. "
" If you're a New Yorker, there are two things that are most important: a car and a washer and dryer. Literally everyone else in America has those things! It's so weird to them that these are our luxuries. You can eat at Per Se every night, but I don't have a car or washer and dryer! "
" I get my best ideas in that state of suspended consciousness just before sleep. "
" I have a very wonderful bath ritual. "
" I just love walking around the Upper East Side and seeing those guys who didn't just take an extra 10 minutes in the morning to get ready, but an extra 40 minutes. "
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