Charles Dean has been named creative director of Michael Andrews Bespoke, a clothier based in New York City.
In this newly created position, Dean will oversee the design of both the brand’s core custom clothing line and spearhead the launch of the company’s first made-to-order line in September.
“I have known Charles for years and respect his talent for combining the spirit and sensibility of past eras with bold design elements tailored for today’s sophisticated, modern man,” said Michael Andrews, the company’s founder and chief executive officer. “As we prepare for a significant expansion of the brand, I am confident he brings the right creative vision and design aesthetic that builds upon our bespoke tradition.”
The made-to-order line is being called Collection and it will be a hybrid between custom and off-the-rack. For customers unable to visit the brand’s showroom on Great Jones Street for personalized fittings, the Collection will offer stock sizes of suits, shirts, separates, formalwear, overcoats and accessories on its web site. Over 100 sizes will be available and the line will feature hand-tailored, bench-made construction that is similar to its custom line.
Merchandise ordered will be delivered within two weeks and will cost between $1,795 and $3,995, around 30 percent less than the custom line.
Dean said Collection will serve to make “handmade clothing accessible on a whole new level. The Collection, at its foundation, is an expression of true luxury and elegance consistent with the company’s bespoke heritage — a reflection of what we think men should be wearing today.”
Dean began his career at Ralph Lauren before launching his namesake label, which was produced by Michael Andrews, last year. That line is no longer being produced.
Michael Andrews Bespoke opened in 2006 when the former mergers and acquisitions attorney opted to start his own brand after not being able to find clothes to fit his needs. The appointment-only shop services Wall Street executives, businessmen, actors and athletes.