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Having just shown his first collection of menswear at the recent Menswear Fashion Association of America press week, Willi appeared very pleased with the reception. Later at this interview, casually canada goose outlet website review attired in canada goose outlet black friday a loose linen jacket over a print T shirt and jeans, Willi talked about himself, his place in the fashion world and fashion in general.

cheap Canada Goose He told of his arrival in New York, when he had been fresh out of Mastbaum Technical High School in Philadelphia, his hometown, with two scholarships in his pocket one from the Philadelphia Board of Education, the other from Parsons School of Design. His entire family helped to cover his living expenses. cheap Canada Goose

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“Just two years ago, we were a relatively small operation with a staff of 20. Today, every time I walk into the office, we’re hiring 10 more new employees. I believe we have a staff of more than canada goose lodge uk 100. At first, I thought, ‘What do we need so many people for?’ But when I see the amount of business we’re doing, I realize the important role everyone plays. It also allows me the canada goose repair shop opportunity to collaborate with artists from industries outside of fashion. I do not believe in spending every working day by sketching away in my canada goose london uk design room.”

Admittedly, Willi’s flair for fashion is inherent. He says his family was always clothes minded. Both his parents were conscious of what they put on their backs, he says. His mother was flamboyant and glamorous, not like some of the matronly looking moms who came to school on visitation days.

Canada Goose online Willi recalls his earlier years with pleasant memories. When his parents divorced, his mother and the children moved in with their grandmother. “We were very bourgeois black,” he says. “My mother’s second husband was the son of cheap canada goose a wealthy black NAACP educated doctor. We weren’t rich but progressive and cultured. My grandmother pampered me and saw to it that I led the good life.” Canada Goose online

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Several days after high school graduation, Willi packed his bags and was off to Manhattan.

A naive youth, awed by the sights of New York, he recalls it as a stimulating experience. He got into the disco scene along with his attractive model sister Toukie and the rest of the pop art generation. He also enrolled in the liberal arts course at NYU, apprenticed one summer with designer Arnold Scaasi and free

lanced in popular design houses on 7th Avenue. Soon, work became more stimulating than study in canada goose factory outlet winnipeg classes, and he dropped out shortly before graduation.

Canada Goose Parka His first attempt on going on his own ended in disaster. “We had great ideas fashionwise but knew nothing about business. By the mid 70s, he began to grow up, and so did his fashion ideas. His inspiration, he says, comes from the streets. With a total understanding and involvement in contemporary art and lifestyle, Willi sets the fashion pace for modern men and women and reflects it canada goose sale uk ladies in his WilliWear collections for men and women. Canada Goose Parka

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With an urbane approach, Willie gives women oversized classic trench coats (more for an attitude than the rain), wonderfully loose pants, blouses shaped like T shirts, clean jumpsuits, lean dresses and a fresh swing shape that shows up in shirty jackets, pants and skirts.

For WilliWear men, canada goose bird uk there are cardigan jackets (cut with the ease of a sweater) raglan sleeved blazers, lots of vests, an elongated D ring side tab jacket, shorts cut to the knee and wrap pants. For both men and women, there are Willi Smith’s signature stripes and checks in bold proportions and fresh color ways, such as gray with pink or gray with celery.

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