Matt Breen is turning a new page. Breen, who made the decision earlier this year to close Carson Street Clothiers, the New York men’s store he cofounded with Brian Trunzo in 2013, is now solely focused on Deveaux, a men’s wear line he designs with Andrea Tsao and Patrick Doss.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Breen of life post-Carson Street. “I would have loved to do both, but this is where my heart is.”
Backstage set the mood for the nautical collection — a video of beaches, oceans and other vacation-related imagery was projected on a wall. Breen said a Greek summer holiday along with films including “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Catch Me If You Can” served as starting points for the line. Summer destinations are a common source of inspiration, but Breen infused the offering with an urban touch.
Looks were suitable for the beach and the city. A leather utility jacket was styled with a linen T-shirt and flat-front pants while a cotton funnel neck top was paired with a navy blazer. Breen said he tried to differentiate the offering, which is all made in the U.S., from everything else in the market by adding an asymmetrical element to pants and using leather and colors that are exclusive to Deveaux. Standouts included sweaters made from sailing rope and the elongated silk anorak that opened the show.
The collection didn’t push the fashion envelope, but it did provide plenty of special pieces that should give men a reason to shop.