Paul Feig shares his dapper looks with new menswear line
Feig, best known for directing the female-led "Ghostbusters" last year is now venturing into the world of fashion. He recently visited the BUILD Series for a discussion about his collection. He also shared his opinions of suits, demonstrated how to fold your own pocket square, and why he wears them to set all the time.
Feig wanted to collaborate with J.Crew for several reasons. One of the most conspicuous reason is the fact that he wears suits practically 24/7 in his day-to-day routines.
"I'm more comfortable in a suit. To me it's a uniform and also I don't look good in casual wear especially in jeans. I'm not a good jeans person," Feig laughingly revealed.
If you ever visit Paul Feig in the editing room, you're guaranteed to see him in a full suit and tie. He further explained that his father owned an army surplus store in Michigan when he was a kid growing up and every day his dad wore a suit and tie to work too.
"To me, if you're working, you wear a suit and tie. And again, I like the look of it. You're the captain of the ship when you're the boss. When I'm directing a movie, I'm in charge of all these people and to me it's a sign of respect to the actors and to the crew and also makes it look like I'm in charge ... I try to dress the part."
Feig jokingly continued and confessed that the only real time he doesn't wear a suit is in bed, however, there are times during the day he'll tone it down a bit and wear a sports jacket instead of a full suit.
The second reason why he really wanted to start his own fashion line is because he wanted to participate in the design process. Fortunately, his agent managed to get the project approved between he and J.Crew.
"It was super fun for me because it's not my day job. It was also really exciting because I'm such a fan of clothing designers in general and especially the team that is, J.Crew. I was a kid in a candy store. I could not have had more fun," the director shared.
Including the suits and ties, Feig also helped design some nifty accessories such as lemon and olive cufflinks, and coat of arms printed pocket squares.
"I was always jealous of women when I was growing up because women's clothes had so many different ways they can go, so many different looks and styles you can do and for guys if you wanted to dress up, it was pretty much a suit and a suit was a suit."
Feig often wondered how can guys make a plain suit pop out more. You have the traditional tie which most of us wear, then you can add a pocket square or some cufflinks, but what else?!?
He was inspired by a trip to Paris where he discovered the silk flower accessory otherwise known there as the boutonnière. Feig went on and used that inspiration to help design some stylish flower lapel pins which is also included in his collection. With all these added options, you're sure to stand out in your suit.
The pocket square, for example, adds more color to your look. "You can add a pop of color that doesn't necessarily have to match your tie or anything and it's also just kind of tells the world you're not taking the suit that seriously...you're adding in your own individuality to it."
Lastly, Feig and J.Crew wanted to offer customers a cool incentive. Fifty percent of proceeds will be donated to the Stomp Out Bullying campaign.
"It's a great charity to help kids who are being bullied. Anti-bullying is a big issue for me and a big cause for me. Look, we're never really going to stop bullying but to have organizations that help kids deal with it and sort of navigate it and get through it, that's what's really important," Feig concluded.