WOOSTER’S CAPSULE: Nick Wooster is designing a capsule collection for Lardini, an Italian tailored clothing brand that is working to expand its presence in the U.S. “I’m doing a collaboration,” he said. “By no means do I think I’m a designer like Rick Owens or Thom Browne, but I’m a retailer and somewhat of an editor.” He said the capsule will include “things I love today. I’m not saying it’s original, but it’s my take on what’s interesting out there.”

Wooster said Lardini, which recently brought him on board as a consultant, asked if he would “do a small capsule that would summarize my style, and I jumped on it.” He said the line will encompass 12 to 15 looks and will be focused around tailored clothing, the company’s specialty, with “a few sportswear elements. They make perfect clothing and this will be imperfect,” Wooster said.

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A Lardini spokesman confirmed that Wooster will be designing a special collection for spring 2015 that “will be focused on the U.S. market,” but said it’s unknown at this point where it will be presented. It is expected to be shown in June, either at Pitti Uomo in Florence or in Milan during the men’s shows. Wooster said he will be going to Italy in two weeks to finalize all the details.

Wooster, whose background includes fashion director stints at Bergdorf Goodman and J.C. Penney, connected with Lardini after the ending of a short stint as partner and creative director of Atrium stores.


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