Marcus Allen has a small rack of clothes in the middle of his East village bedroom. Sitting on that rack is one of the most well-edited personal wardrobes I’ve ever seen. All menswear staples, all well made, and all beautifully broken-in.
As a graduate of the Massachusetts college of art and design, Marcus has worked with Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Ford Models and is currently part of the creative team behind Brunello Cucinelli. Needless to say with a background like that, understanding style is a big part of what he does and who he is.
“I’m in this industry because I value visual communication. That is, communication through dress. It’s always fascinated me that a person can decide who they want to be, or which character they want to portray, based solely on the clothing and styling decisions they make.”
We caught up with Marcus last week to see how he puts it all together. His strategy for this time of year: “early Fall is all about knitwear”. We couldn’t agree more.
1. Knit on Knit
“Any designer that works with linen/silk/cotton blend…get at me.”
Linen-based knits, like this crewneck, are perfect for this time of the year. They stay warm and comfortable without getting hot or sticky.
They also have an awesome texture that gives them a little life of their own.
A chunky shawl cardigan is a must-have for Fall. This one, hand-knit with a heavy yarn and immaculate attention to detail, will only get better with age.
A toggle closure makes it feel more like outerwear – wear it like a coat and throw it over just about anything.
On jewelry: “Anything having to do with American Indians (like this beaded necklace) that will somehow connect me to living in a tee pee and making art…I’m for it. Melet mercantile (in Soho NYC) is a great source for pieces like this.”
- Navy knit crewneck sweater by The Row
- Navy shawl knit toggle sweater by Polo Ralph Lauren
- Squash blossom necklace Vintage by Melet Mercantile
- Turqoise native american trade beads by Melet Mercantile
- Faded blue denim jeans by RRL
- Blue sk8HI sneakers by Vans