Fashion designer Robert Stock has made a name for himself in the fashion industry. In fact, he and good friend Ralph Lauren launched the highly popular Chaps Collection. In 2001 he founded his highly coveted men’s line “Robert Graham”, and the rest is history. Robert was kind enough to join me for an interview recently where he discussed his famed line which is beloved by celebrities like Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and 50 Cent; what inspired him to become a fashion designer and much more.
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about your line Robert Graham?
Robert Stock: Robert Graham is American Eclectic. The brand was launched on the premise of introducing sophisticated, eclectic style to the American fashion market.
Candace Rose: What inspired you to become a designer?
Robert Stock: I developed a deep appreciation for luxury style and sophisticated tailoring from my father’s love tailored dress shirts. Also a young man, I favored Saville Row style and this influence continues to resonate in my designs.
Candace Rose: What inspired this season’s collection?
Robert Stock: Inspired by the nuances of summertime, the Spring/Summer 2013 collection reflects the mood of light and airy weaves, a rich palette of colors and styling that defines luxurious comfort.
Candace Rose: Country singers Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley, and rapper 50 Cent love your work. What is it about the Robert Graham line that has inspired not just musicians but men of all ages to become more fashion forward?
Robert Stock: Robert Graham isn’t your traditional menswear brand. I started the brand because I felt menswear was a bit boring and lacked excitement. Everyone was doing the same thing. So I thought it is time to step outside the box. Men want to be noticed, too. My approach to fashion explores various elements of intricately mixed fabrics, trims, and embroidery therefore allowing men become more fashion forward.
Candace Rose: Can you give us any hints as to next season’s collection?
Robert Stock: The Fall/Winter 2013 collection was inspired by a Renaissance man, a man with impeccable style and all-encompassing sensibilities. There are explosions and combinations of richly colored neutrals juxtaposed with bright cobalt blues, reds and greens.
Candace Rose: You just opened up a new free standing store in Las Vegas, do you have plans to open up additional stores anytime soon?
Robert Stock: We just opened up a location in the Town Center at Boca Raton. Also, we have another location opening mid-May in the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Robert Stock: For more information about Robert Graham, visit our website RobertGraham.us.
Candace Rose: Where can fans find Robert Graham on social media?