Designer by Necessity feat. Waraire Boswell

April 11th, 2014

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Through TSBmen I’ve had the opportunity to meet many fashion designers, and get up close and personal with a lot of menswear collections.

Waraire Boswell is my new favorite designer. Not only because he has great story and a sharp eye for style, but also because he’s one of the coolest and humblest guys I’ve met in the fashion industry.

Boswell, a native of California, became a designer out of necessity turned opportunity. Entering high school he was five foot eight. Three months later he grew to six foot three. That’s seven inches in three months, or 2.3″/month. He eventually topped out at a very slim and long 6’7″. While the height certainly helped his hoops game – Boswell attended Cal State Northridge on a basketball scholarship – it also left him with an obvious problem. There were no clothes that fit him, and Boswell is a man of style.

He started his professional career at United Talent Agency and William Morris Agency, two of the most prestigious talent agencies in Hollywood. As a talent agent, you wear a suit every day. And how it look matters. So out of necessity, Boswell began to dabble in custom trousers, then shirts, then suits. It wasn’t long before the agents took notice of Boswell’s unique sense of personal style, and his attention to detail. His apparel became so prevalent amongst his colleagues and associates that he eventually parted ways from the agency and began making custom menswear full-time, all made in Los Angeles.

As his popularity increased amongst the agents, word eventually spread to their clients. Soon he was making suits for celebrities such as Oliver Stone, Ashton Kutcher and Ryan Gosling. With a speciality in tailoring for the tall & slim physique, Boswell also accumulated a deep roster of star athlete clients, including: LeBron James (this burgundy tux was his), Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, Matt Kemp, Prince Fielder, CC Sabathia, Carl Crawford, and the list goes on.

We got together with Boswell at his studio in downtown Los Angeles to hang for an afternoon and share with you a taste of his highly celebrated personal style.

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1. Suit Sweats Harmony

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“This is a classic look brought to contemporary standards. The dark Brown linen jacket, black Irish plaid shirt (w/red buttons), multi windowpane pants, red velvet slips – all colorful and harmonious in their blend.

I have long been a fan of runners (pants).  The Boswell version adds an elegant touch to a perennially athletic staple… I am glad that the TSBmen crew is capturing this, so your readers can trace back and see the first person to do the runner under the guise of a suit fabric.”

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This Fall Boswell is looking to spin-off his success in the custom business with a beautifully designed ready-to-wear line.

He’s starting by creating some buzz with a series of collaborations dropping later this month:

  • Waraire Boswell x Garrett Leight glasses: 4/20-25/2014
  • Boswell x Del Toro: 4/20-25/2014
  • Boswell x Grungy Gentleman: 4/20/2014
  • Boswell X Grover: 5/1/2014

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  • Custom Chocolate DB by Waraire Boswell
  • Custom Black Irish plaid Shirt by Waraire Boswell
  • Custom Beige Plaid Pants by Waraire Boswell
  • Red Velvet Slippers by Boswell x Del Toro
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  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Murder-Of-Crows-Stylist-Diy-artist-Photographer/373321226096078?sk=photos_albums Dualleh

    The bottons on db blazer! The shirt, fabric! Everything spot on:)

  • B.Collins

    This is a great story! Not only that as a tall and slim guy I can really appreciate this story. I really love the fact that you all at TSB men profile your peers as well as support their efforts by collaborating and wearing each others products. I am happy for the progression of TSB men. Keep it coming. I am going to look up Waraire Boswell now.
    Peace and Gods Blessings
    B.Collins

    Waraire Boswell
    Waraire Boswell

  • JoeFromTexas

    I really don’t like the running pants/ sweats movement. And I despise slippers, I just can’t stand it. And yet this guy comes through as so comfortable and confident in his clothes, that I didn’t even notice the slippers and sweats at first. I just noticed how confident and great this guy looked. Even noticing the sweats, the slippers, I still have to say this guy is incredibly well dressed. Brilliant post.

  • Blake

    best personal style ever featured on this website…everything looks so natural together..this feature is a gem..

  • Tom

    Exudes effortless cool. The most stylish guy you’ve profiled.

  • David

    I’m a huge fan of all three looks but the shirt in look one is amazing.

  • Anant

    The Common Projects are beautiful. Got my pair just a few weeks ago. Waraire has to be one of my favorite features on this site and I’ve been lurking for awhile lol

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      CPs are the truth.

  • http://unseenflirtspoetry.wordpress.com Unseen Flirtations

    ps: his route into tailoring reminds me of the UK’s Adrian Sauvage, also an ex basketball player who was too tall to settle on off-the-rack. Google him if you don’t know.

  • http://unseenflirtspoetry.wordpress.com Unseen Flirtations

    Superb. The man flirts casually with dandyism but avoids the pretentious. Uncompromisingly sharp and unwaveringly serious, but playful enough to dabble in details that could leave a less confident man feeling clownish.

    Superb. Subtleties of colourplay that tie potentially disparate pieces together. Pro moves all the way, but still somehow more quiet in confidence than bolshy in expression.

    Superb. Silhouettes that flatter his form and defy trend. Style forward, rooted in a personal narrative. Idiosyncratic but understandably fashionable.

    etc.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Wow. That was heavy! Agreed!

  • Dr. Shrock

    Love the first look!

  • ChrisD

    That is my favourite double-breasted jacket, which isn’t a look I typically like. The silhouette is perfect, slim and at it’s narrowest right in the middle (maybe slightly biased towards the upper half).
    Saving that pic if I ever get one custom-made :)

  • d4nimal

    A true badass. His style is coming out of his pores. For looks like that, you need confidence and a certain mojo most people can’t pull off.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Style = Mojo

      It’s not just clothes, it’s a way of life.

  • Miguel

    Man, i saw the instagram pictures the other day and started to Google him and found some incredible outfits and desings, those Blazers on Lebron, Bosch and others were amazing but more amazing it’s his story.

    The first two looks were amazing but the THAT blazer in look 2 was…mind blown,

    Thanks Dan, guys for an excellent story and post.

  • Jeanscuffed

    This dude is one of your editorials better geniuses (if that makes sense). His personal style is definitely something that I can’t see anyone else emmulate. And Look #2….I’m sorry, but if I was the cashier I would have bypassed compliments and asked for a picture. His suit isn’t something you talk about to others and expect them to grasp how luxe it looks. But oddly, even though his outfits scream Original, his haircut is something that speaks out to me, and I want to try it. I already have a part cut in but I’m not sure how the rest of his hair looks. Are they small twists or just nappy ends? All in all, this is one of your better posts Dan, meaning this is one that will always stick out in my mind.

  • MN

    Yes!

    Maybe your best post ever.

    I liked Nasr’s fits but this is far more creative.

    I’m actually somewhat inspired to go cop some elastic cuff sweats

  • Eman

    One of the best features I’ve seen. This has got me inspired to go out and play around with some looks similar to the last one.

  • AdamE

    This post is killer! Not sure I could ever rock the slipper loafers like he does, but great mixture of classic elements with some unconventional twists!

  • Jace

    killed it

  • Kyle Leon Norville

    I don’t usually comment on much but this feature definitely brought my fingers to the key board

    All 3 looks were absolutely stellar. This provided much inspiration. Great post!

  • Vincent

    These three looks are incredibly well put together. Waraire really knows what’s what…color, texture, pattern, proportion, nailed. Love this feature.

  • Andrew G.

    Whoa man! This is some ridiculous style. Boswell, you are doing menswear unlike anyone else. Teach me! Work with me!

  • Stephen

    I think that these are, quite possibly, my three favourite looks featured here. This man’s style blows my mind.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Agreed. My favorite feature to date. Boswell sets the bar high for all future TSBmen profiles!

      Thanks for reading Stephen.

  • http://DapperAdvisor.com/ Akil McLeod

    This is a very inspirational post. I believe that one day my career will eventually change to something pertaining to men’s fashion, and after reading his story I am convinced that I will be able to make that transition sooner than later.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Inspiration is our business! The secret is believing Akil. The hardest part of entrepreneurship, in my opinion, is battling self doubt.

      Cheers.

  • Tom

    One of the best features ever posted on this site!

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Yessir

      • Tom

        Dan, while we’re on the topic of personal tailoring. Have you ever considered making a feature about the different levels of personal tailoring? Sort of like that feature you did with black lapel / suitsupply etc…
        Only this time you could recommend things to go for as a first-timer, the price point to expect, materials and so on?

  • Sergio Arteaga

    This is some next level shit and I mean that in a good way!

  • JM

    Love these looks, quite a few grammar and syntax errors throughout. Might want to go through and edit it.

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      Grammar police always keeping me in check. I combed it again – can you be more specific?

      • Paul

        I emailed you guys a few months back and would be happy to edit your work gratis. I am a published writer and teacher and would love you work with you guys. Cheers!

  • Shawn

    Look # 1, love the jacket and shirt, although I’m not particularly fond of the colored buttons. Plus, the fact that the patch breast pocket makes it impossible to sew the top left jacket button looks a little odd. Never been a fan of elastic ankles, but these looks great! Look # 2, loooove the suit! Those thick shawl lapel are to die for. Although I’m not a fan of the air tie look, it would look ok if the collar was different. It’s missing some roll, and I (personally) think the collar points would look better if longer. Look # 3, not my cup of tea but I respect his search for something different!

  • cam

    It’s post and gentleman like this, that makes me wish I worked in the indusrty. Very inspiring story. The runners are quite an interesting take

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      It’s never too late Cam :)

      • cam

        Is that an offer? ;)

  • JBells

    I was never a fan of the elastic ankles outside of sweat pants but look 1 has totally changed my mind.
    All in all this may be my favorite TSB feature. Waraire carries himself with such confidence and nonchalance as if to say, ya they’re just clothes. I love all these looks.
    Best of luck on the success of your collabs Waraire

  • Sabir M. Peele

    Dan,

    All I can say that not only is his story impressive, but, the way he designs pieces is truly outstanding. The shawl lapel suit blew my mind.

    Best,

    Sabir

    • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

      It’s even better in person my man.

      Hope all is well Sabir!