• Matt Singer


    Matt Singer is 21. He’s toiling inside a Frank Gehry building with a Charles Ray original staring back at him in his cube. He’s with the Chiat Day advertising firm and they are doing some really inspiring stuff. A guy named Andy Spade is also there.

    “All that stuff really influences your perspective and how you think about things,” Singer recalls.

    That was then.

    Photographed in New York, NY

    After a nine year stint with Jack Spade, which he helped start with Spade, Singer left last winter to launch his eponymous label, an eccentric new lifestyle brand that doesn’t fall too far from the Jack Spade tree. “I think by doing some of these things for so long I’ve learned how to make them better. It’s about making great things.”

    His fascination with space and astronautics is not unlike that of a young boy. Singer just never grew up. We’re sitting down in coffee shop in New York’s West Village discussing Pluto, locker loops and super heros; more specifically, where you can get your hands on grappling hooks, capes and utility belts. Before I know it, I’m intently listening to a recount of the Soviet space program’s use of stray dogs to determine whether human spaceflight was feasible. I’m intrigued. God bless Laika, Strelka and Belka for their sacrifice. Singer pays tribute to their legacy via a decoupage glass ashtray.

    “I like the craft and the tradition about making things and I like exploring that story behind it.”

    Images via Matt Singer

    Singer’s storytelling carries over into his oxfords (also in a popover) and surcingle belts (refreshingly made with suede leather). His shirtmaker has been manufacturing in the United States for over 60 years, consistently producing some of the finest shirting in the world. His approach to the fit across the chest, the hem, the weight of the cloth, the factory it’s made in is a story he feels is worth sharing.

    “I wanted to create this brand that is my name because it just felt really personal.”

    May 25, 2010 | Permalink (12) Total Comments

    Ian left a comment on 6/1/2010 at 2:47 AM:

    Nice stuff, but the price points are way too much for me. I do wish Mr. Singer all the success he desires though. He’s charmingly cute too.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/27/2010 at 7:26 PM:

    @MPR—The initial $195 cash outlay for Matt Singer’s oxfords might seem daunting at first glance, but once you consider the factory they are sewn in, the weight of the cloth and the exclusivity, you might deem it worth it.

    mpr left a comment on 5/27/2010 at 7:01 PM:

    Interesting placket on the shirt and points for being american made, but $195 for an oxford?

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 5/26/2010 at 9:22 PM:

    I agree with Jay, the suede strap gives the belt a terrific look.

    tinypreppy left a comment on 5/26/2010 at 6:18 PM:

    Look at his sock!!! I love it.

    Jay left a comment on 5/26/2010 at 3:33 PM:

    I do like the suede on the belts its a small thing but very significant for a great look.

    robdarko left a comment on 5/26/2010 at 11:38 AM:

    Excellent point, Mr. Bourasseau.  I sit here wearing a ten year old OCBD (courtesy of RL) that has not begun to show the slightest signs of deterioration.

    As for you F.E.C., we all appreciate your effort and look forward to your June 2010 playlist.

    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 5/25/2010 at 9:44 PM:

    Hard to get excited about this.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 5/25/2010 at 9:11 PM:

    I checked his web site and I think it is very cool. Very original, he got alot of oxfords. It’s kinda fun. I wonder how it will look like in 5 years?

    Annabel left a comment on 5/25/2010 at 4:19 PM:

    love love love this….hope he plans to make women’s clothes in the future!

    Andy left a comment on 5/25/2010 at 3:47 PM:

    I do like the crazy socks.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 5/25/2010 at 2:06 PM:

    Lovely belts.