August 19, 2011
Carlos Campos is a do-it-yourselfer. The Honduran-born menswear designer draws his own patterns, cuts his own fabrics, and makes his own collection here in New York—and what’s more, he revealed last night at the launch of his new boutique on the Lower East Side, sands his own floors, too. That’s not to say he doesn’t get a little help from his friends. The new store, with its abstract wood installation at the center, was designed by Campos’ pals Daniel Schillberg and Carlos Zedillo; the restaurant across the street belongs to another friend; and the bar next door to another still. That may account for the family atmosphere at the thronging launch party, which bled onto the sidewalk, into the Dressing Room vintage shop and boîte, and wherever else people found to fit. The minimal space may have been built on a shoestring budget, the designer admitted, but if it has been, it’s all the better to showcase his richly colored collection of tailored jackets, classic shirting, and tees, in autumn shades of navy, dusty pink, and ocher. It’s already caught the eye of editors, like those who named Campos one of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists this year. Expect even more attention to be paid when he shows at Milk Studios next month.
Carlos Campos is now open at 75 Orchard St., NYC, www.carloscampos.com.
Photo: Diggy Lloyd