By way of a quick chit-chat through Joonbug's Streetstyle scouting, I came across an eloquent-minded young man, who is just beginning his New York journey after moving from San Francisco. He's already carved his path in stone, and is quite fearless despite the wickedness New York may have to offer. Neckwear designer JD Elquist, had time to sit down, tell us about his thoughts on menswear style, his long term goals and what he thinks about Marc Jacobs' latest skirt obsession.
What's been inspiring you lately?
part of my inspiration has been my obsession with the history of the
United States, from the days before the Pilgrims to The Sons of Liberty. I am fascinated with the past and how I can translate that fascination into a collection. I would say the line I am creating is quintessential Americana. It is everything this country was built on: Hard work and even bigger dreams.
Do you consider yourself an artist?
I consider myself an artist. What we do is create truly hand made and
one of a kind garments. Every piece is hand sewn and every swatch is hand
chosen. There is an artistic mindset involved when choosing the swatches
for a collection and the color of thread to stitch it up with. We focus on
the art of clothing.
Is there a direction you see your market going in the future?
now I feel the brand is viewed as young/hip and trendy, But the future of
J.Elquist is timeless and forever. We are creating quality garments to be
handed down for generations.
What do you think about Thom Browne and Marc Jacobs designing skirts for men?
is design. When Marc Jacobs and Thom Browne are designing skirts
for men, it caters to a market who appreciates the progressivness that both of
these designers offer. When I am making handmade neckwear, it's to cater
to a market who appreciates handmade neckwear. It's all necessary to
make the fashion world go round. Not to mention I think both designers
really laid the path for men to develop individuality. Even if it's more
progressive than I see for the future.
What are your favorite patterns or prints to work with and why?
I suppose that question varies with the season. For the fall/winter I am all about plaids, tweeds and wools. For the spring/summer I am about ginghams, seersucker and cotton. I love suiting fabrics above all, Glen checks, window panes, chalk stripes, rope stripes, etc. That is really where my heart is. It is my nature to appreciate the classics. It will show in what I can do with them.
Tell me about your latest obsession.
The idea of being on a fishing boat in the silver waves of the North Atlantic seem so romantic. Then to be able to follow the beam of light a lighthouse produces to guide us back to the costal shores of Maine. I would say the life of a Maine fisherman is my latest obsession. I have no idea why.
What are some of your favorite clothing stores/magazines/websites and why?
have three boutiques I am in love with. First and foremost would be Sui
Generis in San Francisco. I love the men who run it and their ability to
chose the most amazing consignment and vintage goods for the modern man.
Next on the list Union Made in San Francisco. Again, the man behind it makes it what it is. I love that everything they carry is truly and uniquely American
made. Lastly, my touch of Italian, the De Corato Boutiques, mainly for the
love Horace Mack showed me at the boutique in San Francisco. However, I do
think Mr. Giuseppe De Corato in a genius. In regards to magazines, my
favorite isn't out yet but coming soon, SIR Magazine is set to debut in
2010. In regards to websites, too many to name. I have a lot of love for The
Brooklyn Circus and Red Eagle Tribe.
What's your favorite way to keep warm this winter?
authentic pea coat is my favorite winter item. Sure it's not the
heaviest or the warmest but it is the most functional. It is heavy enough
to keep the cold out but light enough to move. There is a reason the navy
wore pea coats year round.
Where can readers purchase your items?
patient, it's coming very soon. Your best bet will be Jelquist.com at
the start of 2010. However, we may soon be in boutiques near you. Just
stay tuned to Jelquist.com for the best way to purchase.