The Grant Way
Spring 2009 is Claude Grant’s second collection, yet the label has already arrived at a chic new level that is effortless. Just like his fall collection, Grant’s spring collection is one of the most cohesive collections without being dull. With a collection that is an excellent example of embracing the oversized aesthetic in a well-balanced way, the silhouettes and proportions are perfected to the finest degree. Claude Grant is definitely one designer to watch as his future is destined to be bright.
Q&A with Claude Grant
What is your fashion background?
I have never had the opportunity to work for someone else. I’ve interned however while in college with John Bartlett. After leaving John Bartlett, I opened a studio as a small bespoke men’s service in the West Village. The retail line was launched with the Fall 2008 collection.
How do you approach the silhouette when designing?
I don’t have a formula approaching my silhouette. I do favor certain shapes at present for my garments, but have been slightly altering them each season. Of course the season has a lot to do with selecting the color palette, but it is mainly dictated by the mood of the collection. I am however very partial to gray.
Comparing your first collection to your most recent collection, what would you say is the biggest difference?
It is slightly less traditional in construction. The pieces are also more lightweight. Summers are getting hotter and there is a movement towards lighter dressing in menswear that I would like to be a part of.
Is there a story you are trying to tell with your spring collection?
I suppose I try to suggest a story. Subtlety is very important to me when designing, among other things, so I prefer the pieces to speak softly, while (hopefully) saying something profound.
Describe your spring collection in adjectives.
Lightweight, simple, classic
Have you started work on the fall collection? What do you have in mind?
Yes I have started fall. Surprise is a valuable element, so I wont divulge much, but it is inspired by early 20th century America, college athletics, and jazz.
Pictures from Claude Grant