Chris Gibbs, the creative mind behind Union (in Los Angeles), one of the most fashion-forward retailers in the country, recently added another high-profile project to his style résumé by curating "Over All Mastercloth," a new collection by Carhartt WIP. "We took the design history of Carhartt and updated it. The line's more sophisticated and made with high-end fabrics in Italy and France," said Gibbs.
Fresh off the launch, we caught up with Gibbs to talk about the most versatile jacket on the planet, why he's never been a backpack guy, and the one pair of jeans a man should never wear.
1. Own a little bit of flair. Over the past two years I've bought six pairs of red Damien Hirst Chuck Taylors; they give a little color to toned down outfits.
2. I have a weird rule—and it's not proven—but I dress light to dark, from the top to the bottom. I don't like wearing a shirt that's darker than my pants.
3. Every guy needs a trench coat. They're so versatile and sophisticated. You can wear it over a suit and dress it up, or dress it down by wearing it with jeans.
4. Clothes should never feel costumey or over the top.
5. I don't really like guys to wear clothing that fits tight anywhere. I'm not saying I want it to be baggy—it just shouldn't be tight.
6. Splurge on a watch. If a person's reading you quickly they're looking at two places: your shoes and your watch.
7. I've never been a backpack guy. When you're traveling the world you don't want to look like a high school kid. I rock an oversize tote, either in canvas or leather.
8. Guys should never wear jeans from a brand that first started as a women's brand and later started making men's jeans. It's just not masculine.
9. Always keep comfort in mind, and have a wool sweater for fall. I was born and raised in Canada and we wore these cowichan sweaters knit by native Indians.
10. Never let people judge you for your clothes. It's a form of creative expression.
—Kristen Dold. Follow her on Twitter at @KristenDold.