2011 April 8

Keeping it in the Family

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Despite the drizzle, Chic made it to a quaint East Village studio to meet Greg Lauren and view the latest collection for his eponymous outerwear line. There's no mistaking the handsome painter-turned-designer is the nephew of Ralph Lauren. (Those cheeks! That hair!) Don't expect the same polo-stick wielding aesthetic. Although he is a Princeton grad, this Ivy Leaguer steers clear of the iconic, preferring to riff on classics by practicing what the Japanese call Wabi-sabi--finding the beauty in imperfection. For men and women, expect patchwork jackets made of deconstructed military duffles or vintage army tents in olive or black. Destroyed chalk stripe blazers takeover as the modern pinstripe alternative, expertly tattered and ripped just so. Wardrobe staples like the Spine jacket, named for its functional button back, and the black cashmere Batman overcoat, featuring an asymmetrical collar and torn elbow patches, are desk-to-dinner essentials. Lauren completes each piece with a handwritten tag and makes sure there's something for every costumer whether it's a bleached denim cropped jacket, a fitted leather blazer in chocolate or "phonebook" red, or a basic tee for your Daily needs. There must be something in those genes. Greg Lauren is sold at Barney's New York and Maxfield. 




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