If you are not yet familiar with the face, the name is one you will be sure to remember.
Waraire Boswell is a Los Angeles-based menswear designer whose eponymous line was built out of pure necessity. Standing at a towering 6’7, Waraire began making his own suits whilst working as an agent in the entertainment industry.
Thirteen years later, he clothes some of your favorite celebrities and athletes, including NY Knicks player Tyson Chandler, and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh.
We love Waraire’s aesthetic, and in our first MANday exclusive interview, we chat with the man behind the brand, and open our ears to his gems on achieving unique personal style.
It’s a great feeling of empowerment to know that you can walk into any boutique or big box store, and know that you can find something that’s gonna fit you.
This statement, said by Mr. Boswell, is one that rang true to me. As a woman of a certain waist-to-hip ratio, I know how frustrating it can be to find proper clothing, and how amazing it feels to find that outfit that fits just right, and makes you feel like a million bucks.
In earlier years, Mr. Boswell was not afforded this luxury, given his slim and tall build, but in building his brand over the years, he gives this opportunity not only to taller men, but those of all statures.
“Your entire swagger is built on how you look, and how you feel.”
Don’t you agree? Let’s get into more from our chat with Mr. Boswell…
Some of the brands you admire right now?
In terms of suiting, I love Tom Ford, I like Thom Browne (what he does). In terms of casual, I like Supreme, I like Kith, I like Undefeated. In terms of middle-of-the-road, I like ACNE, I like Rag & Bone. There’s a brand out of Brooklyn a good friend of mine owns called The Brooklyn Circus, they do great stuff. And also Art Comes First, they’re fellow gentlemen who do suits as well.
There’s a collaboration with Grover. They’re a great California-based brand that makes casual basics. We’re collaborating for something in that vein, but more contemporary with a darker template.
Then there is the re-up of the Del Toro x Waraire Boswell velvet slipper. There’s the Garrett Leight collaboration that launched a couple of days ago with glasses. And then there will be Boswell in the fall; it’s gonna be an extension of what Grover will touch on, but it will go deeper in reference to the pieces.
What are you listening to?
I love Daley, he’s awesome at what he does.
Style advice for young men who are looking to build their wardrobe?
Always start with the basics. In reference to suiting, black suit, navy suit, grey suit, khaki suit. In terms of shirts, make sure you have plenty of white shirts. 80% of my wardrobe is white shirts, they go with everything. And in reference to casual, that’s more of an open-end. Once you have your basics in any discipline, then you can add other things to that as it applies to suits. You have all the colors I just mentioned, then you can get a pinstripe, then you can get a houndstooth, then you can get a glen plaid and window pane, you can do all that, but you should never start with those colors.
What word of advice would you give to stay true to yourself, stylistically?
No matter what your size is, you should know what works on you. You know what works on you and what doesn’t as soon as you put it on. When it’s good, you know. When it’s counter-clockwise to good, meaning bad, you know that too.
It was an absolute pleasure to chat with Waraire Boswell. If you’re digging the feature, let us know in the comment section below, and look out for more every MANday!
*Photos by Ashton Barnett