By Merle Ginsberg
Spurr, left, in his design studio, New York City.
Menswear in America is a creature of extremes: black-tie or dandified suits on one end, tailor-and-wrinkle-free khaki on the other. Tom Ford and Hedi Slimane can sure cut to fit, but they don’t fold into everyone’s wallet. Englishman Simon Spurr, and his Spurr line, are closing the proverbial Gap between Banana Republic and Karl Lagerfeld, while imagining something completely different.
Using luxury fabrics like wool, leather, and cashmere, Spurr nonetheless doesn’t appear precious or fussy. There is a timeless quality to the look, but the fit is as sharp as the name. The twenty-something designer’s first season was picked up by Bergdorf Goodman Men, Louis Boston, and Odin. Spring ’08 will mark his second. While Spurr and business partner Judd Nydes have yet to step into suits, for now their tailored shirts, sweaters, jeans, leather jackets, and trench coats will do.
Says Spurr: “We offer high-quality, architectural pieces with expression and individuality to fit the desires of the contemporary man.” A purist? Yes. But, he adds, “I do not consider myself a minimalist. However, simplicity and acute attention to proportion are key in all aspects of my life. My personal style is an eclectic combination of luxurious product and vintage. I love iconic menswear that enhances character without overshadowing personality.” Calvin Lauren, anyone?
Photo by Alexis Dahan. Styling by Simonez Wolf.