It’s summer and that means on Fridays everyone should be sneaking out of work a little bit early to go on a weekend jaunt or grab a drink on a sunny rooftop. The fashion industry, which works really hard, also knows how to cut loose and play hard. In our new weekly column, called Summer Fridays, we catch up with industry insiders to find out what they do, where they go, and what they bring with them when they escape the daily grind. Last week we jetted off with supermodel Liu Wen. This week, we're catching up with the duo behind Timo Weiland. Bon voyage!
This quickly growing label, started by Timo Weiland and business partner Alan Eckstein, officially launched for the spring 2010 season, but their claim-to-fame comes a little before that thanks to a little show called Gossip Girl. That’s right, fans of the show and of the up-and-coming brand will note that the neckwear that both Chuck and Blair sported in earlier episodes was from none other than this dynamic duo.
Since then, the business has grown exponentially at a lightning-fast pace; retail giants like Barneys, Harvey Nichols, and Fred Segal now carry the label and it's been featured in major mags like Elle, Vogue, Glamour, the New York Times and more. Among the celebs who adore the brand are Andrew Garfield, Chloe Sevigny, and James Franco.
From having a toilet fall onto them to sleeping on top of a mountain during a snowstorm, we can already tell these boys really like a good adventure. Read below for more of their journeys!
Alan Eckstein Fashionista: What's the craziest thing you've ever done on vacation? Alan Eckstein: Slept on top of a mountain in a snowstorm—not much of a vacation.
What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you on vacation? A toilet fell through my ceiling while in Cancun. Who do you travel with the most? Probably my girlfriend! We love to hop around.
Where is one place you'd never go back to? Probably Cancun, see my answer above.
What's the most exotic dish you've eaten on vacation? Jellyfish in China.
What do you wish you'd done on vacation? Stayed in New Mexico longer!
What did you fall in love with on vacation? Vacations.
What is your song of the summer? Oregon Bike Trails' "Swimsuit"
Where would you love to go back again? New Mexico - me and Haley's (my girlfriend’s) favorite place to be.
My packing essentials: • Lots of undies • Ipod • Good book I'll probably never read • Crushable blazer • Casual shoes • Canon G11
Click through for Timo's list!
Timo Weiland Fashionista: What's the craziest thing you've ever done on vacation? Timo Weiland: I went both skydiving and bungee jumping before breakfast!
What's the worst thing that's happened to you on vacation? I broke my arm.
Who do you travel with the most? It's a 3 person tie: my boyfriend Jef, my business partner Alan, and my roommate Warren. There is a shared sense of adventure and enthusiasm with exotic new places, as well as a fear of missing out on the best each spot has to offer. There is never enough time to do everything we want to do!
Where would you never go back? Myrtle Beach, SC because it is so similar to the Jersey Shore which is much closer.
What's the most exotic thing you've eaten on vacation? Blowfish in Japan.
What do you wish you had done on vacation? Spent more time over the weekend Lolita-spotting on Takashita Street in Harajuku.
What did you fall in love with while on vacation? My boyfriend Jef when we were on vacation in St. Augustine, FL at the old fort. [Ed.Note: Awww!]
What is your song of the summer? Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark's "Electricity"
What would you do if you got another chance? Go surfing at dawn at BlowHole.
My packing essentials: • Muji striped dopkit • Clarins mens face cream • Toms toothpaste • Kiehl's hand cream • Timo Weiland travel backpack • Chambray shirt & Timo Weiland classic navy blazer • My headphones