The brand rag & bone is a story of contrasts: English tailoring meets American workwear, uptown versus downtown, masculine and feminine—all told to customers around the globe. Sartorial storytelling is the brand’s niche, and is often led by CEO and founder Marcus Wainwright, who continually finds new mediums for his evolving fashion message.
We spoke to Wainwright ahead of his new short film (co-directed by Benjamin Millepied, Aaron Duffy, and Bob Partington and filmed by Darius Khondji), which showcases rag & bone’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection. The short, “Why Can’t We Get Along,” features dance as a metaphor for seeing from another’s point of view, and stars Kate Mara and Ansel Elgort, in addition to the label’s spring styles and a soundtrack by Thom Yorke.
Even if you can’t meet the dashing Wainwright and Neville for a personal look at their fall 2015 men’s and women’s collections during their Vancouver visit, catch up with them in this Q&A. For those lucky enough to be in the area today for this catered party with live music, personal styling and photo booth, get the details below.
As rag & bone men, do you personally collect anything? What attracted you to these collections?
Wainwright: I have a few collections going on: cameras, sneakers and watches. I’m an avid photographer, and in my opinion Leica makes the most perfect, timeless cameras.
My dad got me into watches when I was younger, so I’ve a few that I love. My favorite is a Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph, which my wife got me for Christmas. It’s just beautifully designed. I’m also a bit of a sneakerhead and have built up quite the collection over the years.
Neville: I collect antiques for our farm in Bedford, New York, and I also seem to be collecting animals as well—we recently added some horses to the family!
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.
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.
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.
MARCUSon 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.
rag & bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright bring back the nonchalant coolness of the ’90s for spring/summer 2014. Charting new territory, the design duo eased up their tailored aesthetic, opting instead this season for sporty, minimalist comfort and a looser silhouette. Newness also came in the form of beauty, with models donning a bold tangerine lip, a completely new look for the rag&bone girl, who’s always forward thinking in her head-to-toe approach to style.
It began with a pair of jeans for this New York-based duo, but as Marcus Wainwright & David Neville share, rag & bonehas become their way of life.
What are your favorite trends for fall? David: Monochrome will be big this fall, and we’ve got a great arrow print, which was inspired by the photography of Malik Sidibe. Opulence is another big theme, and rag & bone’s fall/winter collection was actually inspired by faded colonial grandeur, which is reflected with plenty of rich bronze and floral tapestry.
Name one article of clothing every woman should own. Marcus: A tailored blazer.
Are there any trends you hope never go away? David: Urban utility.
If you weren’t fashion designers, what would you be doing? Marcus: David likes to think he’d be a professional golfer, but he’d probably still be working in banking. I’d be miserable doing something else. I don’t think either of us were really cut out for corporate jobs!
What’s playing on your iPod right now? Marcus: I’m listening to mainly show-related stuff: Air by Doom, Give Up the Ghost by Radiohead, Bloom by Radiohead, Codex by Radiohead, Cloudlight by Eskmo, Every Day by AFX
David Neville and Marcus Wainwright—the urban, down-to-earth designers behind rag & bone—visited our Chicago store for a mini-runway show featuring their spring collection.
Designing for both men and women, Neville and Wainwright’s philosophy is simple: to make clothes that they and their friends would love to wear every day. Considering how much we’re digging the downtown, easy-to-wear vibe of everything this duo produces, we definitely count rag & bone as one of our fashion BFFs.