Rag & Bone: Esquire Speaks to The Brits Behind New York's Menswear Titans

Brits Marcus Wainwright & David Neville founded Rag & Bone back in 2002 with the simple aim to make everyday clothes that they and their friends wanted to wear. Having originally met at Wellington college and then picked up once again in New York, their lack of fashion training did not stop them from building up a quintessentially New York label with a British twist. 

Now well-established as one of the hottest menswear labels in the States, last week saw the pair return to their British roots with their London Collections: Men debut. Esquire caught up with the pair after their show.

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How does LC:M this year compare with your experience of New York Fashion Week?

Marcus: Both are very exciting. There's a palpable sense of pride surrounding LC:M - what's been achieved in such a short period of time is incredible.

Which pieces were you most excited about sending down the runway?

David: We have some cool French workwear inspired jackets.
Marcus: The technical seam sealed Japanese nylon zip-up shell jacket.

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Is this part of a push to widen the label's appeal in the UK?

Marcus: We opened our first European flagship store in London last year so it was a case of showing our commitment to the market and paying homage to our British roots - they're a massive part of our brand's identity.
David: If more people become familiar with the brand and what we do as a result of the show, all the better. Overall, we really happy with where we are at in the UK - our Sloane Square store is doing really well and we recently created a dedicated men's floor there.

How does it feel to be Brits showing in London but for a New York label?

Marcus: It's quite cool to be the anomaly in the mix. New York is home now but we'll always be English guys at heart.

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