Interview: Accessory Designer Kiel James Patrick
13 Questions for the handsome designer of classic prep accessories.
February 13 2012 12:50 PM EST
February 05 2015 9:27 PM EST
What is new about your collection this season?
This spring I've incorporated nautical knots that I've often used in sailing and united them with anchor clasps to offer a summer coastal accessory that's just what the sailor ordered.
What sets your collection apart from others?
American-made quality created by the same people you see in all our lifestyle marketing. The people you see in front of the brand are also the people behind the brand.
Where does your inspiration come from?
How have your surroundings influenced this seasons collection?
Rhode Island is the "Ocean State". Our license plate has a giant anchor on it. Our state flag is the word "Hope" under an anchor and nautical rope. Newport's nautical "Old New England" charm has offered me an array of lifestyle/decor style that I simply admired. I personally feel there is something to be said for a product that is crafted in an environment that is true to the lifestyle aesthetic that a company is creating for the consumer.
What is your favorite thing about designing?
To look out at the world like a window and quickly begin to see traces of my efforts reflected in it.
What is your personal style?
Mr. New England. Lot's of layers in the autumn and winter. Very bright colors in the spring and summer. I love pieces that will start a conversation and can be caught sporting plaid pants year round.
What are essentials that every man should have in his closet?
Great fitting plaid buttonups, excellent pipe tobacco, and plenty of skeletons.
In five words describe your Kiel James Patrick?
Effortless, American, nautical, adventure, elegance
Who are some of your fashion icons?
JFK, RFK, Clint Eastwood, Grampa Hank, Fred Castleberry.
What is next for you and your line?
An off-the-wall factory. Stay tuned next month.
What sets your apart from other designers?
I've had no outside financial help. I started off selling bracelets, belts, and shirts right out of my Jeep and had my mind set on improving each day from the one before it.
What is so special about your accessories?
I make them with love, care, and a little bit of sea salt and ocean breeze.
Check out Kiel's line at his website, here.
Pictures courtesy of Tumblr.