From the Original Stussy Tribe to his role as Creative Director of Stussy today, Paul Mittleman has seen it all, from the beginning of this era till today. Always one of my favourite people to talk to, we chatted, just for 5 Minutes of course.
Before you read the interview, in order to benefit UNICEF’s efforts in Haiti, Paul is selling some of his rare bits and pieces from his collection to raise funds, check out the auctions here, get your hands on some of those rare sneakers you’ve always wanted, and help a great cause, with more to be added too. Perhaps follow suit and raise funds on your own accord too.
Name: Paul Mittleman
Location: Los Angeles
What’s 2010 going to be about for you? Change, things are moving fast, adaptation and mutation.
What are the worst trends in menswear today? Lack of personal style.
What is the best thing to come out of 2009 menswear trends? Not really sure, I am not that interested in menswear, I always looked towards friends, people on the street, music or film for things that talked to me. Personally i got into clothing because i liked parts of culture than bonded me to other people with similar interests. I do not really talk about menswear at dinner, I would rather talk about art, music or family. Do not get me wrong I like clothing but it is surroundings and pillars of a culture that keep me interested. Trends are, well for lack of a better word, trendy.
What’s the must have item for any man in 2010? Something that you feel comfortable in. A good watch, a dog and a quality pocket knife. Men need mens shit. Some tools. And most of all understanding.
What’s your favorite thing about where you live? It’s very nice, somewhere between real and fantasy. LA is basically a desert with lots of water pumped in. It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
What are you reading? Lacan at the Scene by Henry Bond, Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horiwitz, On Food and Cooking, the Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee.
What’s the next film you’ll watch? Chinatown, Anvil or The Baader Meinhof Complex????
Your favorite store in your city? If Amazon does not count, I will say Supreme,Union, Undefeated or Stussy (they are all family) Bristol Farms and Target are great as well, I have to eat and keep a tidy house.
What is the best thing to come out of Blog Culture? I get to share ideas and peak into other peoples worlds. Blog culture has been a great part of my life.
You can read Paul’s blog at Honeyee here.