Mr. Nick Wooster has been referred to as an Web superhero and the “alpha male of American avenue type.” Some followers even name him Woost God. He’s acquired upward of half one million followers on Instagram, and photographers hound him at Style Week and Pitti Uomo. It’s protected to say he is aware of a factor or two about type.
Mr. Wooster also can boast (if he had been so inclined) 30 years of expertise as a vogue director and artistic advisor at intellectual retailers world wide. So it’s protected to say he is aware of a factor or two about luxurious.
Which is why his new collaboration with Brooklyn-based sneaker firm GREATS is so thrilling. From luxurious Italian craftsmanship to Instagram-worthy designs, these daring, playful sneakers are made to be loved. We caught up with him between promotional appearances for the Nick Wooster x GREATS assortment to ask him a couple of questions on sneakers, type and what each man wants in his closet.
What’s the philosophy behind this assortment?
The philosophy behind this assortment is merely one thing I’d need to put on, one thing I don’t have in my closet. And that’s true for any collaboration I’ve ever completed or any article of clothes I’ve ever designed. A collaboration is a chance to make one thing I hope is a little bit bit totally different and a little bit bit surprising. And all the time one thing that I need to put on.
Do you’ve a favourite? Or is that like choosing a favourite child?
Nicely, I’m not a father or mother and I by no means can be. However I think about that, as a father or mother, you’re most likely all the time going to favor yet one more than the opposite at a sure time. Let’s see. I really like the animal prints. I really like all three equally. However I additionally love the shoe that I’m sporting, the 3M dots in black. And I actually just like the pink one. It depends upon what I’m sporting. However … yeah, I feel the animal prints are most likely my favourite. At present.
These are daring sneakers. How do you advocate styling them?
Styling boils all the way down to a easy system: if all the things is basic, like a white shirt and khaki pants, or a gray sweater and gray pants, then you are able to do one thing fascinating with the footwear. Maintain it easy on prime after which you possibly can experiment.
With these three animal prints, the entry one is the Royale. It’s a easy tie shoe that’s completely comprehensible, however in a barely aggressive sample. The second approach could be the Pronto runner within the multi-pattern. The Genoa clog is essentially the most adventurous option to go. However with any of them I like to recommend that you simply maintain your garments tremendous easy.
Once you’re serving to a person construct a wardrobe, what are the foundational items you advocate?
It’s so not fascinating, as a result of it actually boils all the way down to fundamentals. I inform guys to get:
That’s about all you want. After getting that base, then you can begin to experiment with one thing. It is likely to be the sneakers, it is likely to be the T-shirt, it is likely to be the belt. That’s one other factor I like to recommend: one easy, actually good belt.
One other factor I all the time say: purchase one of the best you possibly can afford. For many of my life I’ve been up and down with my capability to buy. And when occasions are lean, you need these nice issues that you may all the time fall again on. So once you’re in a position to make investments, get one of the best you presumably can in that second. However don’t put your self in jeopardy due to it.
What do you search for in a shoe?
Nicely, hopefully it suits. I’m not kidding. I’ve purchased many sneakers that don’t match as a result of I simply needed to have them. It by no means works out. Past match, for me, it’s if it sparks an emotion. The emotion might be one thing tremendous easy, like pleasure over an ideal pair of black or brown sneakers. By the best way, in case you discover a good brown shoe, purchase it. Brown is admittedly laborious to do nicely.
With sneakers, simply purchase those that match one of the best. When you discover a type you want, you possibly can splash out on supplies like animal pores and skin or a fluorescent shade, or possibly pink, possibly one thing 3M.
However the shoe has acquired to suit and really feel comfy. If it doesn’t do this within the retailer, it’s not going to try this later. Belief me. I’ve discovered this the laborious approach. [Editor’s notice: see our Gown Shoe Match Information for ideas.]
The place do you see menswear going proper now?
The casualization of vogue has endlessly modified how we gown. The excellent news is that it’s extra democratic and extra accessible than it’s ever been. The dangerous information is that you may’t put the toothpaste again within the tube. I hear folks say, “Oh, tailoring’s going to come back again.” Eh. In all probability not.
And that’s unhappy to me, as a result of after I had my first job again in 1976, I wore a go well with to work and to wash the lavatory and to mow the yard. That was what you probably did. And that was a little bit silly. But it surely does make me unhappy that Goodyear-welted leather-soled sneakers and tailor-made clothes don’t have the identical resonance that they did 25 years in the past.
However by the identical token it implies that we’re shifting on. So menswear is and can proceed to be extra democratic, extra accessible and extra informal. That’s the fact of the state of affairs. And I’m OK with that.
Nordstrom is the unique retail accomplice of GREATS. The Nick Wooster x GREATS assortment is offered for women and men on-line and in chosen shops. For extra about GREATS, take a look at our interview with model ambassador and street-style heavy Josh Peskowitz.