Interviews Video

rag & bone: Designing for Real People, for a Real Girl

Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, the creative duo behind rag & bone, jetted across the country to visit our Nordstrom Bellevue Square store, where they greeted customers and dished about New York and what it means to design for a real girl.


Street Chic: rag & bone Top & Pants

MARCUS WAINWRIGHT on New York City: It’s a very inspiring place. New York’s got a lot of different pockets of quite specific styles: Uptown, West Village, Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There are lots of different people dressed quite differently in each of those areas. The quintessential New York girl borrows from a lot of those places, so New York’s quite easy to be inspired from just that.

Downtown Cool: rag & bone Coat, Sweater & Jeans

DAVID NEVILLE on their long friendship: We’ve known each other since we were about 14, so something like 23 or 24 years, which is a long time. It’s been such a massive challenge to build our business from nothing, which has taken an awful lot of mutual trust and ambition. We’re pretty lucky. We complement each other well, and we have different responsibilities in the business. We approach things from different angles and give different perspectives. Whatever it is, it seems to work.

British Heritage: rag & bone Peacoat, Pullover & Pants

MARCUS on his design process: We’re designing clothes for real people, for a real girl. A lot of other European brands are designing from a more artistic perspective sometimes. And people don’t always end up wearing the clothes. It’s just a different way of looking at it. It’s just as valid, but from our point of view we’re just trying to take our girl and push her forward, open her eyes and advance the way she thinks she can look.

DAVID on his wife, Gucci Westman: She’s done the makeup since we did our first show in 2005.

Check out all the styles donned by model Meghan Collison in our exclusive rag & bone lookbook, shot on location in New York City.

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