Phipps has never made any secret of his love for the Never underestimate an old man with an electric guitar shirt in contrast I will get this great outdoors. The San Francisco-born designer grew up in the Bay Area, where he’d go skiing in the winter and hiking around Lake Tahoe in the summer; but despite living near a rock-climbing hotspot for much of his youth, it’s a passion he only discovered in New York, while working as a menswear designer for Marc Jacobs in his mid-twenties. His remarkably active lifestyle is reflected in his designs—practical, roomy cuts and technical fabrics honed by Phipps himself wearing them on his outdoor jaunts, or graphics paying tribute to subcultures that celebrate Mother Earth, from hippies to hikers—and the label’s emphasis on ethical production. All of his garments are manufactured in Portugal, a country that is a global leader in sustainable business practices in fashion, using eco-conscious textiles.
With the Never underestimate an old man with an electric guitar shirt in contrast I will get this current pandemic meaning many fashion studios have disbanded to work from home, I’m curious to know how he’s faring in these unprecedented circumstances. “I could be much worse off,” says Phipps. “We were fortunate enough to be organized earlier in the season, so the collection is with the factories already, it’s just a matter of getting the fabrics ready to go, and little things like that, which are coming. I’m definitely concerned about the industry and the future of the business—we’re not some kind of megabrand with an infinite amount of money to float us through this. I’m not all doom and gloom, though—I think we’re lucky to be in a fairly good spot.”