Monday, May 1, 2006

Richard Chai – In Studio

I met Richard Chai the other day. He really pissed me off that he wasn’t doing his own collection when I had my showroom. He is just the type of designer that I love to work with – smart, talented, and able (and willing) to talk about subjects other than fashion. Actually, one of the first things we talked about is why he has never really been grouped with the Behnaz/Som/Lam clique, even though they all started about the same time and would hang next to each other in stores. We agreed that it is his very refined aesthetic smashed up against a strong downtown attitude that gives him a unique position in the New York young designer hierarchy. I thought the bike in the corner that he rides to work each day was so representative of the lack of preciousness about his work.

I described him as smart earlier, why do I say smart? He knew that I was there to talk about is work with the new Onward Kashiyama store/brand Nave. Well ,of course, I kept getting off-subject as we compared notes on similar experiences working with Kashiyama (I was there in the 90′s), the challenges of beginning a company, and growing up in New York but somehow he kept working Nave into his answers – smart.

Richard had to leave for Korea the morning after we met so I gave him an edited list of the questions that you ,the readers, emailed to me. As soon as he returns I will be posting his responses.


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  1. R2K

    May 1, 2006 at 9:48 am

    : )

  2. Faith

    May 1, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    Fantastic! I can’t wait to read his responses :)

  3. argos

    May 1, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    I am curious as to why he chose to cover his eyes for the shot…

    Looking forward to the interview.

  4. Anonymous

    May 1, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    nice watch

  5. Em Lo

    May 1, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    Fantastic mode of transportation. I wish you had taken a photo of him riding it!

  6. The Sartorialist

    May 1, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    The shot of him covering his eyes is just one of many that i took during the course of our conversation
    he is a very handsome man so you will see him from a lot of different angles

  7. Anonymous

    May 1, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    Talented and VERY handsome!

  8. Ali Kat Girl

    May 1, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    I wonder if Richard needs a new/used pair of Shimano clipless pedals… ride on Richard!

  9. Anonymous

    May 1, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    Yes, he is very talented and his brother too.

    I love the colors of the outfits he wears – grey, brown, navy, light blue and other soft colors – and he wears sneakers too.


  10. Anonymous

    May 1, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Who is his brother?

  11. Anonymous

    May 2, 2006 at 1:53 am

    Seeing a BMX bike on The Sartorialist stood out to me as I ride BMX bikes for a “living”; however most people who ride know or care little about fashion. Although his bike looks like it’s set up more for transportation(high seat post), I found it interesting!

  12. jane

    May 2, 2006 at 2:41 am

    Can you post some pictures of him without his face covered? He is delicious to look at.

  13. - O S A K A -

    May 9, 2006 at 4:56 am

    what can I say…

    werll I wish I were in NY city, and not in Sapin. You live in the geographic centre of my world, and you’re doing the things I love the best.

    Congratulations again

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