NYC based designer Richard Chai is Filson’s newly appointed Creative Director and now we have a first look at his influence. The heritage outerwear and accessories company hopes that Mr. Chai will help lead them into the future with updated fabrics, cuts, and a modern sensibility. GQ recently caught up with the designer and asked him a few questions about the project.
GQ: This collab kind of makes perfect sense. How’d it come to be?
Richard Chai: “I actually went after it [laughs], and approached Turner PR, who represents Filson. They put me in touch with [President] Mark Korros, and we met in New York, and ended up talking for like three hours, getting all excited. It’s rare to find a guy on the business side of a corporation that takes so much pride in the history of a brand, and has such a passion for the design side, but Mark does.”‘
GQ: Workwear has been so big, but a more tailored aesthetic has kind of taken over lately. Is a more elevated, luxe version of these utilitarian designs the next wave?
Chai: I think so. Men want something simple, something functional, and they want it to look good. Pieces that can integrate pretty seamlessly into any guy’s wardrobe: that’s really the goal.