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Suiting Stories

Eight cutting-edge creatives talk their careers, personal style, and the transformative ensemble that was their first suit

There’s something about wearing a suit that gives you an extra jolt. Just ask Boss’ artistic director of womenswear, Jason Wu, whose very first one was, fittingly, by Hugo Boss. “I was 16,” he recalled. “I needed it for boarding school, so I bought one at Holt Renfrew in Canada. I had never dressed up before that. I felt like an adult for the first time.”

Fate? Perhaps, and since taking over the womenswear division of Boss in 2013, Wu has worked suiting into each and every one of his modern, feminine collections. Similarly, chief brand officer Ingo Wilts has made suiting an integral part of his Boss menswear lineups, most recently showing breezy, relaxed, and even sporty styles in white, navy, and camel as part of his nautical Spring 2018 collection.

Suiting’s starring role in Boss’ collections is no coincidence—rather, these dapper ensembles are deeply ingrained in the German luxury label’s DNA, and have been key to the brand’s offerings throughout its history. Suffice to say, suits have some serious staying power, and as Boss’ collections demonstrate, they constantly evolve along with the sartorial climate. (If you need some tips on the best way to wear your suit, check out Boss’ styling guide here.) But, as Wu mentioned, it’s the put-together feeling a suit provides that makes it truly timeless. “You feel really chic!” he laughed. “That’s what clothes do you, you know?” Indeed—and some of today’s most creative young talents agree. Here, we spoke with movers and shakers in the realms of fashion, music, film, and the culinary arts about their very first suits, their personal style, and what it is about the look that keeps them reaching for it time and time again. Click through our slideshow to read their stories and see Daniel Velasco’s illustrations of their memorable threads.

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