Ryan Devens 2

March 24th, 2014

2. Chambray Suit


“This is about as lightweight as it gets.

Once I realized that Southwick could work with pretty much any fabric, I called our production manager and asked him if we had any dead-stock chambray laying around.  A few hours later, he showed me something like 20 yards of beautiful washed selvedge chambray that had been abandoned in the factory for a few months.  I clipped off 5 yards and shipped it to the factory the next day.”


“After working at J. Crew during the Billy Reid collaboration (one of his rewards for winning the CFDA award that year), I became fixated on the chambray two-piece suit he designed for that collection. I re-created it and added a vest – I thought it would be a dressier take on a casual fabric that isn’t often used for making a suit.”