Designer by Necessity feat. Waraire Boswell

April 11th, 2014

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2. Hollywood Glamour


“I’ve had this suit for 10 years, but it looks and fits as if I made it yesterday. This is a living testament to quality, great fabric, vision, and precision. My inspiration for this suit was: what would Patrice Lumumba wear to a meeting with Gianni Agnelli (in the late 60′s, early 70′s)?

The white shirt is a staple, accompanied by the monogrammed velvet slips, it’s just enough… When creating hallmark pieces, always create them along with staples and basics to pair them with.”


True story: we shot this look on the roof of the Ace hotel in downtown LA on a Tuesday morning. After Alex got the shots, we grabbed a cappuccino to-go at the Ace coffee bar on street level. The young woman manning the register was very sweet, but a little overly complimentary to Waraire and I that it was almost embarrassing. After a borderline group applause for good tailored style in LA, we randomly bumped into Jim Nelson (the editor-in-chief of GQ) who happened to be having breakfast in the same place and noticed Boswell’s suit (and probably all of the positive attention).

Moral of the story: dressing well opens doors and can make introductions.




  • Tortoise Shell & creme Sunglasses Garrett Leight x Waraire Boswell
  • Dusk Brown Tweed Suit by Waraire Boswell
  • White Woven Shirt by Waraire Boswell
  • Navy Velvet Slippers by Boswell x Del Toro
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  • 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

    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

    • Dan Trepanier

      CPs are the truth.

  • 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.

  • 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.


    • 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.

    • 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


    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.

    • Dan Trepanier

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

      Thanks for reading Stephen.

  • 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.

    • Dan Trepanier

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


  • Tom

    One of the best features ever posted on this site!

    • Dan Trepanier


      • 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.

    • 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

    • 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


    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.



    • Dan Trepanier

      It’s even better in person my man.

      Hope all is well Sabir!