Studio Visit: Brandon Maxwell

Studio Visit: Brandon Maxwell

IN OUR OUR 100th ISSUE, WE SPOTLIGHT THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED LVMH PRIZE SEMI-FINALIST, BRANDON MAXWELL. HERE HE TAKES US INTO HIS STUDIO

IN OUR OUR 100th ISSUE, WE SPOTLIGHT THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED LVMH PRIZE SEMI-FINALIST, BRANDON MAXWELL. HERE HE TAKES US INTO HIS STUDIO

Text: Adrian Mesko

When were you established? April 2015.

Where is your studio based? 35th Street and 7th Avenue in the Garment District.

Who are your biggest inspirations? Azzedine Alaïa and every single one of my best girlfriends.

Where is the most unexpected place you’ve found inspiration? I find most of my inspiration when I’m alone driving in the car upstate or in Texas.

What is on your studio soundtrack this season? Neneh Cherry’s “Woman,” Rick James’s “Mary Jane,” and Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer.”

What defines New York fashion? Women in New York have very busy, dynamic lives, but their wardrobe has always had a sense of ease and functionality to it. It’s not just sneakers and a pencil skirt; there is much more thought put into how a person is going to live in the garment. They need a wardrobe that makes them feel as glamorous, strong, and beautiful as the city itself.

How could the American fashion industry improve? It is really hard to be a hands-on designer today in a place like New York, where much of the production is outsourced. I want to be able to see everything as it happens, from the sketch to the finished sample. The options for high-fashion factories are very limiting, so we need more. At Brandon Maxwell, we want to keep manufacturing in New York for as long as possible. The more designers who choose domestic manufacturing, the better chance we have of keeping more jobs here.

What has been the greatest piece of fashion ingenuity to come out of your studio? We just started last season!

What has been the greatest fashion disaster to come out of your studio? Probably me, and the way I look when I leave to go home at three in the morning.

FROM LEFT: Amilna Estevƒo (the society), Magdalena Jasek (the society), brandon maxwell, creative director, Ewa Wladymiruk (elite), Devon Windsor (IMG)

Credits: Makeup Rommy Najor (MAM) Hair Tetsuya Yamakata (MAM) Makeup assistant Kate Romanoff

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