CA designer Jade Howe's Spring line offers rocker buttondowns, blazers with geisha-print-linings, plaid trousers and weathered jeans, cardigan hoodies, and tees from Howe-conceived bands like Nagasaki Johnny and the Bombs (they're blowing up!). To further help your steez, Jade shares his thoughts on guys' fashion miscues, easy fixes, and dragging jeans behind race cars.
On his own fashion low point: I caught myself wearing a Mark Ecko tracksuit, then ended up at J. Crew buying some godawful pumpkin spice shirt with a sweater, and I just said, enough's enough, we've got to f*cking do something about this.
On avoiding clown-dom: Everyone wants to be noticed, but our message is to push the style a little more subtly and let your overall look speak for you. Guys go to the mall, they buy something that expresses what they relate to, and I think it makes them look a little more clownish than they need to.
On your pitiful fashion rut: We tend to wear the same things over and over again, and you've got to force yourself to bust out of that... It's about how to rock things without looking overly styled or poseurish. I think guys ultimately don't like to be too put together at the end of the day.
On creative abrasion techniques: Back in '02, we took my Charger and my buddy's nitro funny truck, and dragged jeans around a race track at 120 MPH. You take 50 pair; two would come out cool, and the others would look like they were run over by a truck, so ultimately it didn't have the production value it needed. But it was fun.
On not dressing like a saggy-balled oldster: Dress age-appropriate. Don't get old before you're old. I'm tired of seeing people wear big boxy suits while they're still young and in shape. Wear clothes that fit you. Everyone's trying to stay young, but for some reason, people don't seem to apply that to their clothing.