Details: How do you think style varies across different regions, from L.A. to the South to the Midwest?
JV: Iím from the Midwest. It doesnít get a bad rapitís bad. It doesnít mean there are not stylish people in Chicago or Detroit or Denver or whatever, itís just when you get into Middle America, fashion is less important to them. Theyíre the slowest ones to move forward.
MB: I was alarmed at how good-looking the guys in San Francisco are. L.A. doesnít have that kind of style.
JV: Thereís a lot of fashion going on in L.A., if we can use that term loosely. The question of style sometimes is a real question there.
Details: Whatís one item in your wardrobe that you consider essential?
TB: I wear the same thing every day: a gray suit and a white shirt.
JV: I have a leather jacket that Iíve been wearing I wonít even say how many yearsand thank goodness it still fits. It fits a lot slimmer today, which happens to work.
MB: A navy cashmere crewneck is probably what I turn to the most.
JV: Itís the first thing I ever saw you in.
MB: It will probably be the last. It has holes in it. I still have the one my mom gave me from my freshman year in college.
TB: Thatís truly preppy, really using the clothes and really wearing the clothes.
Details: As American designers, do you feel a certain obligation to promote an American sensibility?
TB: I think the most important thing is to do our own thing and thatís what people will respond tothat really is American.
JV: There was a period of time when there really wasnít anything happening in American menís fashion. Itís great to see whatís happening now.