YMC X UO EXCLUSIVEOctober 2, 2012
Have you seen our exclusive knitwear collaboration with YMC? If you have not, why not? Click here this instant and feast your eyes. We tracked down designer Fraser Moss and made him talk to us about the collection (and some other stuff).
What are your inspirations behind the AW12 collection? In particular the UO knitwear collab?
My inspiration for AW12 was hobo’s & beatniks.
How do you think Men’s fashion has changed since you’ve started designing, and how do you see it developing?
When we started back in the 90s fashion for men was a niche market and far more naïve than today, but now I think men in general have a better understanding of fashion and style. I can only see this developing further as exposure through the media & internet grows. This means someone in the outer Hebrides can be as clued up as someone in Dalston, so the more common this becomes the less stigma there will be attached to men expressing themselves through style.
Which band do you think YMC most identifies with, style-wise?
When I was young fashion was influenced by music, particularly in the UK due to our unique youth culture. I don’t think this is the case today – we live in a corporate world where bands have stylists & personal shoppers which eradicates any individuality. Saying that, the Horrors look cool.
Where are your favourite places in Brighton to shop/socialise/eat?
Most of my shopping involves buying 2nd hand items, for instance the boot fair at the mariner is good, as is Snoopers Paradise & Brighton Flea Market to name but a few. Having a young family means socializing is at a minimum but if given a night off you will find me either in the Hand in Hand pub – a fantastic boozer the size of someone’s living room with an impeccable music taste – or you might even see me DJing. Also The Black Dove is great for unusual beer & cider, plus they do amazing cocktails all washed down with heady brew of sleazy rock n roll.
What is your favourite season for clothing?
Winter because of the opportunity to wear & design heavy knits, wool coats, boots, hats & scarves. Mind you, all these things can be worn during an average British summer anyway!
What’s your daily routine like in the office?
I have an office in the bottom of the garden which also houses my ever-growing vinyl collection so my routine involves playing a record, drawing, playing a record, drawing, playing a record, drawing, playing a record, drawing…
What are you listening to at the moment?
Mostly old 45s. I’m constantly buying anything, from girl group to post punk, and my listening tastes change from day to day depending on my mood. It’s like being a vinyl historian discovering these relatively unknown gems then boring the pants off my family with repetitive plays.