Ryan Devens 2

March 24th, 2014

2. Chambray Suit

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“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.”

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“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.”

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