Greg Chait 2016 CFDA Awards


ON GROWING UP: Turning two never looked so good.

Greg Chait and Jesse Jo Stark rang in the two-year anniversary of The Elder Statesman’s Los Angeles store and a recently released collaboration between the two at a celebration Wednesday evening.

The store’s business is getting better and better, according to Chait.

The company’s on the verge of opening its temporary Winter Shop at 159 East 64th Street in New York for the second year in a row. The holiday store is in the same location as the first iteration of the Winter Shop.

Chait said he’s also planning a design gallery space in Culver City, where The Elder Statesman’s factory is also located. But he was coy on the details. “I’ll tell you guys about that project later, but we have a lot cooking,” he said.

The designer did allow that he’s open to more bricks-and-mortar shops moving forward.

“I’m more into the opportunity and the space,” he said. “It doesn’t have to even be in L.A. It can be anywhere, really. If it’s the right aesthetic and the right situation, we’ll do it.”

There’s also plenty cooking outside of retail.

The collaboration between The Elder Statesman and Jesse Jo Stark, the designer and daughter of Chrome Hearts owners Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark, was the other cause for the evening’s celebration. The capsule, which officially debuted at a Chrome Hearts store party last month, features Stark’s hand-drawn eyeball design on shorts and tops, along with silk cashmere onesies and sweaters with one-of-a-kind chain stitch detailing, all of which is handmade in Culver City.

“[Jesse’s] got a really unique personality and The Elder Statesman is a place where we’re able to really accommodate that,” Chait said. “If you just look at it, she has this amazing aesthetic that comes out in so many ways.”

Items currently available from the capsule, which Chait described as more “souvenir-type” pieces, will be followed by what he said is a proper ready-to-wear offering to be shipped in February.

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