Interview with Kenny Moscot
studiohomme: Can you describe your outfit today?
Kenny Moscot: I wear a jacket and a shirt by Billy Reid, the CFPA designer of the year, Paul Smith jeans that I have just bought here in Paris, my 8-year-old Red Wing boots, Tsé cashmere sweater by Hussein Chalayan, and my father’s Omega Speed Master that I love.
sh: What are your favorite brands?
KM: Apple for the experience and Hermès for attention to details. I also like Moscot of course!
sh: Who are the people who inspire you?
KM: My son Ethan who is 10 years old, Winston Churchill for his enthusiasm and cleverness, Steve Jobs for his innovative spirit, and entrepreneurs in general.
sh: Which artists are you currently following?
KM: Terry Richardson, Ben Harper as his music follows me everywhere and Stephen Jaklitch who is our architect at Moscot.
sh: What are the origins of your brand?
KM: My family comes from Eastern Europe and has emigrated in the US at the turn of the 20th century. My great grand father sold eyeglasses from a pushcart on the Lower East Side area of New-York City as a means to support his family. My grand father was more entrepreneurial and ended up taking retail space on Rivington street, and from there, moved to Orchard street where we remain today. Then my father presided over the house of Moscot with a loyal staff by his side and laid the ground work for the next generations.
sh: Which celebrities wear which Moscot?
KM: Kieffer Sutherland, Q-Tip, Glene Glose wear Miltzen, Josh Arnett prefers the Yukel, wheras Jod Apatow, Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke are Nebb fans. The Lemtosh is the most popular model with celebrities: Theofilus London, Jason Schwartzmann, Michelle Williams, Jeff Goldblum, Johnny Depp…
sh: At what pace do you release new models?
KM: We release new models twice a year on a ‘fashion’ basis. However, we are very disciplined about maintaining the authenticity of our brand. Lemtosh, Miltzen and Nebb will always be the heart of our collections.
sh: What are your favorite studiohomme items?
KM: The grey Achilles sneakers by Common Projects, V-neck blue cotton sweater by Pringle of Scotland, pink suede belt by Kitsuné, navy jacket by Philippe Alvergne, Acne raw denim and Kitsuné blue Oxford shirt.