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The Refined Cowboy: A Look Into Brett Johnson’s FW16 Collection

Brett Johnson
Brett Johnson

The presence of Italy in the American frontier psyche is nothing new. After all, some of the best-loved depictions of the American West have come to us via “western all’italiana” films (sometimes referred to as “spaghetti westerns”), involving such luminaries as Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone and Clint Eastwood. Now Brett Johnson pushes the marriage one step fashion forward, at his first NYFW: Men’s show.
A Peek at The Collection

Q: Can you introduce yourself and the brand?
Brett Johnson launched in 2013, with just 3 pairs of shoes. Today, it’s blown up into a full collection. We’re currently sold at vendors like Neiman Marcus, but it’s our first time at NYFW: Men’s.

Brett Johnson launched in 2013, with just 3 pairs of shoes.

Q: What inspired this collection?
The main source of inspiration this season is Gianni Agnelli with a 1970s Western film vibe. The collection really resonates with me, because I grew up on a ranch in Virginia. So this classic Western style really reminds me of where I come from.

The main source of inspiration this season is Gianni Agnelli with a 1970s Western film vibe.

Q: What type of man wears Brett Johnson?
Young, professional men who are both creative and in the corporate world; it’s everyone from architects, to athletes, even accountants. It’s always men who are cultured and refined.

Q: Are there any noteworthy details about the designs? Anything in particular we should look for in terms of stitching?

All the details are aimed to convey the luxurious products. For instance, all of the materials for this collection are imported from Italy. The mahogany buttons are laser cut with the logo.

All of the materials for this collection are imported from Italy.

Q: What are three words to describe the Brett Johnson brand?

Refined, cultured, and global.

Q: What’s in store for Brett Johnson? What are your future plans?

My main focus is to continue to produce a collection season after season and really master my craft. I know that’s possible by making sure Brett Johnson stays relevant, and always continues to grow.

Q: Favorite part of NYFW: Men’s?
Honestly, it’s been great getting to celebrate with my team. We work well together, and we’ve really become a family. So this NYFW: Men’s was more a celebration in putting the collection together along with my friends and family.

Q: Final thoughts?
Get ready for great things from Brett Johnson, Spring/Summer 2017!

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Learn more

Official Website: brettjohnson.co

With love,

FWO

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