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You already know Jeffrey Rüdes, as the “J” behind J Brand jeans.
He sold the brand for $300 million in 2013, and now helms an eponymous menswear line that’s a little Tom Ford by way of Saint Laurent; Caraceni by way of Saville Row: a little Hollywood, some rock and roll, decidedly European, and 100% luxe.
Caraceni by way of Saville Row …
The line focuses on fine fabrics and Old World craftsmanship. Fit, of course, is everything. And opulent fabrics are hand-selected by Jeff and his team.
Social Media Director Chris Lavish recently had the the opportunity to visit with Alana Jae at Jeffrey Rüdes’ SoHo flagship (see video), while across the globe Paris Editor Gabriela Billini visited his atelier in Paris (which was once Coco Chanel’s apartment). But as much as the scenery changed, the real treat was Rüdes’ accessible, sex appeal-building collection.
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First we spoke to Alana Jae about Jeffrey Rüdes, her philosophy of styling and her own personal style.
Interview with Alana Jae
Q: Tell us about the fashion brand you work for.
Jeffrey Rüdes provides men with an essential and luxurious wardrobe, designed for a modern lifestyle. Our stunning fit, world-class craftsmanship, and finest Italian fabrics is what we promise to clients, and continue to deliver.
Q: How do you work-in the sales aspect of your job when styling.
I work with a number of exclusive clients through various industries, but mostly with your everyday man. As Rüdes says, “When I’m working with clients, I don’t just sell a garment, I sell the feeling that goes with it.”
Q: Tell us about your personal style.
I like to keep it quiet masculine up top, wearing men’s shirts and sweaters. Then I balance the look out with an elegant shoe like a Manolo Blahnik black suede pointy toe pump.
I don’t just sell a garment, I sell the feeling that goes with it.
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