Tariq (@win_borne) knows menswear. Anything coming out of Minimal Trace for the stylish man has been curated by this guy.
On the current landscape of menswear
Menswear is in a great place at the moment. There are a lot of brands pushing the envelope when it comes to silhouette, fabrication and styling. There will be an increase in men’s footwear (specifically boots) and we’ll see more genderless/unisex pieces. In the next few years, it’ll only get more interesting.
On staying creative and finding inspiration
I aspire to be a designer so I picked up a sewing machine about 3 months ago and I’m teaching myself the basics of garment construction. Most of my inspiration comes from other designers. I love being able to see how far designers are willing to go with their collections that buck the status quo. Vetements is a brand I am really enjoying right now. As a tall guy, it’s always been hard to find pieces that not only really fit but that are progressive. Vetements is my answer to that right now.
On the authority of fashion subcultures
The original subcultures like the kids who started grunge, the skaters, New York hip-hop style and others are the real deal and continue to authentically influence. People trust the brands that were around from the beginning like Dr. Marten, Vans and Nike. On the other hand, I think a lot of things are being borrowed and copied. I will say that there’s a lot of fashion fans that fall in love with the hype around launch or collaboration instead of the love of the fashion because they understand it and intend to really incorporate it into their daily wardrobe. Brands also have the responsibility to create real wearable fashion and not just an entire collection that looks like tour merch.
On Who to look out for
Tariq in Vetements and Rag & Bone. Shot for Minimal Trace; Late summer 2017