Q & A with Wes Gordon

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wes Gordon is a sensational designer. He was educated at Saint Martins, spent his summers in Oscar de la Renta’s studio and Tom Ford taught him how to be a perfectionist, a noble path of instruction, to say the least. “Wes has the the support of very powerful people in the industry” says Terry Athas from Mesirow Financial, investor of Wes Gordon. Before working with Wes, Mr. Athas was new to the realm of fashion investments, Athas told me ‘I’ve never meddled in fashion before, but when I saw how talented Wes was, I was sold”.  A wise move for Mr. Athas- Wes showed his first collection, 2010 Fall/Winter, and Saks Fifth Avenue and Harrods decided to buy into the line.

Mr. Gordon’s S/S 2012 collection displayed his roster of talents; perfectly cut dresses, supreme fabric selection and the best trousers of the season. The clothes were romantic, yet were not detergent of sensibility and upheld a modern slant. His Southern heritage and fancy- preferences made the line charming, delightful and approachable.

Here are a few words I collected from the designer…

What factors do you attribute to your design aesthetic?

I think my aesthetic is a combination from several things. I grew up in the South which has a romantic culture. I was lucky enough to go to school in London, where I learned the art of tailoring. My summers were spent in Mr. De La Renta’s studio which taught me to love drama, color and fabric and when I worked for Mr. Ford, I learned to be a perfectionist.

You’ve experienced fast success since starting your line in 2009. Since then, what’s been the biggest professional highlight?

Seeing a stranger wearing my clothes for the first time.

In your opinion, what is the biggest mistake a young designer, like yourself, can make in this gusty market?

Compromising even slightly on quality or your vision.

If you could dress any woman, who would it be?

Cate Blanchett.

Are you planning on expanding your brand, perhaps with accessories?

This season (SS 12) marked the first time I worked on a shoe collaboration with Manolo Blahnik. It was so much fun and very exciting to have a Wes Gordon head to toe look.  Down the road, I hope to explore other accessory paths.

When you’re not working, how do you spend your free time?

I’m a huge cinephile – I love to watch movies!  I also travel whenever I get the chance.  Currently, I spend my weekends trying to find the perfect dog.


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