A Very 'Brief' Interview with Gert Jonkers of Fantastic Man
Opening Ceremony caught up with editor-in-chief of Fantastic Man, Gert Jonkers for a quick chat the men’s underwear the magazine has created in collaboration with The White Briefs Company. The range is available from Opening Ceremony so check it out.
Opening Ceremony: Why underwear?
Gert Jonkers: We all need underwear. It’s a nice necessity. It’s also an item of clothing that is often mistreated with logos and loud colors. We wanted to do something nice and refined and understated.
OC: What was the inspiration behind the collection?
GJ: Classic shapes and classic material rendered in rather light and airy material.
OC: What is The White Briefs Company?
GJ: It’s a small company from Sweden that makes some really perfect underwear pieces. They’re very precise in their choice of cotton and the shapes are good. Their short-sleeve Henley T-shirts are among my favorites.
OC: How important is the packaging to this collaboration?
GJ: Look and see! No pun intended, but of course with underwear it’s often about the package, as they’re such simple garments that may not have amazing hanger appeal. We’re a magazine, and we love photography and paper, so it’s natural that we made packaging.
OC: What is your favorite packaging of all time? We like Laduree macaroon boxes and Hermes boxes of all kinds.
GJ: Boxes in general are very nice. Put something in a box and it immediately looks better, or richer and more luxurious. Rick Owens makes really nice hand-made boxes, but I don’t think they use them to pack things, as they’re apparently outrageously expensive to make. The blue boxes from Smythson and Lanvin are fabulous too.
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