British fashion designer Nigel Curtiss specializes in the art of slow fashion.
In an era where fast-paced fashion dominates e-commerce marketing, Curtiss showed us what enduring chic looks like in her flagship New York boutique.
“We want to make a small amount of the best clothes,” Curtiss said. “We want everything that’s made to be worn and loved and stored and passed on to the next generation. It’s not fast-paced fashion; it’s hard, passionate, and fashion-loving.”
Curtiss has been a fashion designer for over 30 years. She started as a textile designer in London, selling fabrics to Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith. In the 1980s, he designed menswear for Comme des Garçons, worked with designer Rei Kawakubo, and further developed his skills working within the fashion houses of Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo. Curtiss created custom clothing for Mick Jagger and Arnold Schwarzenegger, which led him to create his own eponymous brand.
Curtiss’s brand is a thoughtful trend. She is known for making comfortable items from luxurious cashmere, silk from eco-friendly farms, and denim dyed using natural, plant-based indigo made in solar-powered factories. In short, all products are made at a small cost, and the team strives to work with local factories, organic fabrics, recycled yarns, and eco-friendly packaging.
Her latest line is a variety of clothing inspired by the London punk ethos of the 1970s — using vibrant patterns, dramatic shapes and bold colors — met with an upscale elegance. “It’s the tongue and cheek, the spirit of the 1980s,” Curtiss said.
“Our biggest success is our silk pajamas, which you can wear to a restaurant,” he explains. “It’s a multi-functional pajama, it’s for both men and women-everyone is accustomed to wearing baggy, loose clothes, it looks great and has a retro vibe, strong prints with elegance element of it. “
In November, he expanded his ready to wear dresses with his business partner and wife, Monica Mitro, a former executive at Victoria Secret. Some of the talents she wears include Friends star David Schwimmer,
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Simon LeBon, supermodel Lily Aldridge, and actor Mickey Rourke.
Curtiss recently shared some of her favorite things Penta.
My favorite thing about London is… I’m from Brighton, I can’t wait to get out. In London, I love the Connaught Hotel, which is in Mayfair and very nice, and very close to it, Scott’s, the seafood restaurant.
My 1980s fashion icons include…
David Bowie, Versace, George Michael is fun, Holly Johnson from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran, the new romantic look. Steve Strange, the co-founder of the Blitz club in London, too.
My favorite neighborhood in Tokyo is… Well, I spent 13 years living in Tokyo, and I’m still not satisfied with it. For me, I like the quieter part of Roppongi.
My dream vacation is… Ischia, an island near Capri, is off the Gulf of Naples in Italy. I love staying at the Mezzatorre Hotel & Spa, they have amazing treatments. It doesn’t count the tourists who are in Capri, it’s quiet and there are no cruise ships.
My favorite place to get a drink in New York is…
Casa Cipriani, a member club on South Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. It’s like you’re on a cruise ship from the 1930s, and the scenery is so beautiful. They have a nice jazz club there. You can hang out with people you want to mix with, it’s a place to meet your friends.
My favorite art museum is… the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
In my art collection, I have… art of unknown artists. I like a piece on Banksy, and the strong political message. I got a lot of inspiration from the fabric archives. For my collection today, I went to Lake Como and visited the factories that create silkscreen prints that have been in business for hundreds of years. To me, it seems to be inside an art gallery. If you can find a hundred year old paisley print and I can get 100 yards of it, that’s my art class.
My favorite thing I own is… I have a hundred -year -old Japanese screen on my wall in my flagship boutique in the Meatpacking District. It’s from the Thomsen Gallery, located on the Upper East Side. This is my favorite New York art gallery, which for me, is a best kept secret.
The most luxurious thing about fashion is… clothes that seem to be made just for them — from the fit to the fabric and the style. Whether you’re buying ready-to-wear or tailoring for a special occasion, choosing clothing should feel like a personal conversation between the customer and the brand, and that’s what we’re excited about. delivered to my brand.
The best advice I got was… ‘don’t stop,’ especially if you’re working in a creative field. A lot of people come up to me and say, “I want to be a fashion designer,” and I mean, there’s a lot of rejection. This is a very difficult job. It’s hard, but if you get it and you keep trying, you’ll get there in the end. It’s very lucrative, it’s a fun industry to be involved in.
My tendency is that very few know about… cycling. I really enjoy biking in the Hamptons in the summer.
If I could drink with anyone in the world, it would be…
My favorite arrondissement route in Paris is… the Marais in 4th arrondissement. There are many small boutiques and shops there, it is an eclectic piece of the fascinating culture of Paris. Such a huge energy, so much to do. It’s my favorite in Europe, by far the most beautiful but I don’t want to live there.
The thing that wakes me up in the morning is… my dog Max, he immediately came over and rolled in my face and woke me up. He was a mutt savior. He didn’t do it to my wife. Ako ra.
This interview was edited for length and clarity.