WWD have compiled a great short read by interviewing Paris-based André Saraiva. Having directed a short film for Giorgio Armani, designed a luggage line for Globe-Trotter and stepped in as creative director of the French men’s fashion magazine L’Officiel Hommes there is not much this man can’t do. Currently working on a book for Rizzoli that ranges from his graffiti roots to the man behind the chic clubs, restaurants and hotels—from Le Baron to La Fidélité to Hotel Ermitage.
What’s the most cherished item in your wardrobe?
A vintage American pilot jacket that I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Los Angeles, like, 15 years ago.
My friend Gildas Loaec from [music and clothing label] Kitsuné just released the same jacket, only with different cotton linings. We also designed a line of boxer shorts in matching fabrics.
Which is your favorite underwear label?
I don’t wear underwear. I’m French—I like to smoke cigarettes and get naked.
Some people liken you to Fonzie of Happy Days. Is he a style hero of yours?
Yeah, I used to wear a Fonzie T-shirt just to make fun of myself and my greasy hair. I like the Fifties. I like Marlon Brando in The Wild One.
Tell us about your latest fashion projects.
Well, there’s the luggage line for Globe- Trotter [due in stores this spring]. It’s handmade, very old-school. I travel a lot, so I know a lot about good suitcases. I’m also going to design some limited edition sneakers with Nike that will only be available in my nightclubs. A long time ago, they did a pair of shoes for Studio 54, so it’s kind of a nod to that.
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