Sartorially speaking, when it comes to immaculate menswear, there are tailors, and then there are the few special individuals who take expert craftsmanship and attention to detail to a whole new level. Such a person is Derek Mattison, who, much to the delight of Los Angeles’ most dapper dandies, this past December launched both his eponymous gentleman’s line and his first boutique on Melrose Place in one elegant swoop.
With neighbours including Marni and Isabel Marant (coming soon), he couldn’t be in more distinguished company – a good thing, since Mattison is quickly gaining a reputation as the purveyor of the ultimate classic-meets-Calicentric silhouette. His pant legs are lean, his lapels equally skinny and his chicly repurposed fabrics like wool stretch jersey and charcoal raw denim add an innovative edge to what are at once totally luxurious and utterly wearable, entirely handmade pieces.
So precise is his vision that every jacket is even personally numbered and signed by Mattison himself. Given his penchant for clean, razor-sharp lines, it’s little wonder the tailor chose slick design collective Commune to create the store’s sleek, moody, David Lynch-inspired interior, but, in keeping with the brand’s uniform aesthetic, the space also reveals surprising, opulent accents like brass panelling and elegant antique furniture. Details, details.