American menswear has evolved dramatically in recent years, as we touched on here.
One of the categories that has seen the biggest shift, in my opinion, is Streetwear. What was once a style synonymous with baggy jeans, flashy kicks, and matching baseball caps is now a market producing sophisticated designs, engineered fits, and artfully crafted pieces of all kinds.
Ronnie Fieg, the king of collaboration and a bonafied superstar in the sneakerhead community, is one of the designers pioneering the shift of what the “cool kids” are wearing on the streets.
Whether he’s working on his own label Kith NYC, an NYC-made cross between Streetwear and High Fashion, or with one of the dozens of brands he regularly collaborates with, his designs are always smart, wearable and, most importantly, limited edition.
He frequently leaves groups of super-stylish New Yorkers, from all walks of life, lined up around the block in anticipation of his new exclusive releases (which typically appreciate in value because of their rarity).
We got together with the designer and footwear connoisseur, who’s personal shoe collection is somewhere between 2,500-3,000 pairs, to talk about his personal style, favorite footwear for the season, and the gear he’s dropping later this year.
1. Black & Red’s For Life
Sitting amongst a carefully curated selection of kicks at Kith NYC, 644 Broadway (in the back of Atrium).
“This is the Nike Destroyer that I made at Bowery Stadium. I think the fit and overall cut of the jacket from Nike is a perfect silhouette. This one has my initials in camo and a big Kith symbol on the back… The “Just Us” logo is very important to me.
The pant is from Freshjive, it’s tweed lined with soft cotton and has a ribbed cuff at the bottom which always helps enhance the shoes you’re wearing.”
“As for the Jordan 1′s, I don’t have to tell you what those are about. Black and red 1′s for life.”
- Black snapback cap by Starter
- Black custom leather destroyer jacket by Nike
- Grey sweatpants by Freshjive
- Retro air jordan 1 high strap by Jordan Brand