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" A cheap suit is a cheap suit; there's nothing you can do about it. "
" When I began designing my Spring '13 collection, it wasn't even Spring '12 yet. Snow was actually still on the ground in New York, but I knew I wanted this particular spring season to be freer, more colorful, easier, more about feeling good, and I wanted there to be a sexier feeling than we've been known for in the past. "
" I have a very wonderful bath ritual. "
" Guys are leery about putting on something they don't think is them. They have a fixed idea of themselves. "
" The hardest thing in the world to do is to take something everyone already knows and make it a little better. "
" I think the secret of my brand is that I speak to the guys who just get it. They don't want something all logo'd and tricked out. But they go to the gym. They still go out; they want to look hot. And they want an upgrade, but they don't want to look like their dad. "
" Boston's such a unique city. I feel like 50 percent of its DNA turns over every semester. "
" There's nothin' wrong with the way men dress in New York! "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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 feel like everyone should buy less but buy better. "
" I'm a New Yorker, so I don't own a car, but I rent a lot of cars. "
" Even if it's a polo shirt and chinos, they should be the best possible quality and fit perfectly. "
" Just being out in the world gives me ideas. "
" I still don't think I'm a fashion guy. I think I'm a clothes guy. I'm a little obsessive. "
" Swedish winters are not for the faint of heart. "
" The beauty of men's shoppers is that they're super loyal. "
" I once had this idea that I wanted to make the perfect boxer short that's not too long, not too short, with pearl buttons, made from real shirting fabric. They were coming in at $215. Well, not even the richest guy in the world is going to pay more than $125 for his underwear. "
" 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! "
" It's easy to get wrapped up in the season-to-season business, but to have real longevity in this field, you've got to always maintain your point of view and what makes your brand unique. Your business is always going to have ups and downs, but there needs to be a certain consistency. "
Ups And Downs
" What I know of Hawaii is from watching the 'Brady Bunch' shows from the seventies. "
" 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. "
" Edie and Lew Wasserman were chic as hell. "
" I prefer simpler shirts, like a solid oxford or pinstripe, and with a solid cashmere crewneck or V-neck. "
" I'm a designer with a little 'd' as opposed to a big 'd.' It's a job; I'm more about contributing to a man's wardrobe, offering the things that I look for myself. "
" Flip-flops are a privilege, not a right. "
" Menswear remains steady. It's a difference of a pleat versus flat-front pant or two buttons versus three in the jacket. "
" Women are more open to trying on a new personality every season; they can go from goth to bombshell to librarian, whatever. "
" My big mission in life is to get guys out of those big, baggy board shorts down to their knees. It always looks like they're trying to hide something, like skinny legs. "
" I love doing these little collaborations. We collaborate with Stubbs & Wooton on the shoes for Michael Bastian. "