What type of garment is key to your personal style?

XL white buttoned–down shirts.

How many XL shirts do you have in your wardrobe?

7

What is it specifically about this garment that you love?

I love how sometimes in the sun the whiteness of the shirt looks so light and bright. I also love the way that cotton feels on the skin.

What are the defining specifications for the perfect buttoned–down shirt?

Smooth surface, slightly transparent, and large. I like it when the fabric looks like it barely touches the body.

Do you know where your attachment to them comes from? Is it something from your youth, or something you picked up from a specific person? When, who?

As a child, I remember my father only wearing a uniform of work clothes because he was a metalworker. I think that maybe the white button–down shirt is my working uniform since I am spending most of the time in the studio.

How do you feel when you see other men wearing the same thing? Are you happy for the whole world to wear ‘your’ garment or do you prefer to stand out?

I once saw more than five hundred people dressed in the same white button–down shirt and standing together in the same space. It looked scary and liberating at the same time. I think this garment always looks so different for each person.

Who or what do you look at for style inspiration? Do you look at fashion?

I am looking at the different cultures around me and the possibility of these cultures to mix or not; I am looking at the way people are moving around the globe and what they are bringing or taking with them. I am looking at the craft of fashion and the history of it.

Can you describe the state of your closet? Is it tidy, messy, super organised, folded, boxed, grouped by colour or season, etcetera?

Quite organised and limited – you could fit all the items in one suitcase. I actually don’t wear most of my clothes, they are stored in boxes in my studio or at the warehouse.

Have you ever made a radical change in your ‘look’?

When I was 14, I went through a period where I bought clothes only in large men’s stores where they sell sizing like 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, etcetera. It was a very strange look because I was very small and everything was huge on me and belted. I made my entire wardrobe this way, but it stopped after some time.

Have you ever considered settling on a strict uniform and what would it be?

When I am spending many hours working I usually wear the same thing for weeks, only because it helps me to concentrate.

Do you have a dress code for work? Does your work influence what you wear?

Usually during the development of a collection the work influences the way I dress because I am often trying things on; during the fitting I am wearing the pattern or the early prototype around the studio.

What do you wear to look sexy? Do you have a pick up look?

Sex is something that is always there, somehow.

What amazing tip for wardrobe management or maintenance can you share?

Give other people things you don’t wear anymore.