August 29 2014

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Ruffian’s Heirs Apparent


“Simplicity looks fresh again,” Ruffian’s Claude Morais said at the Ace Hotel last night. He and partner Brian Wolk were sipping Champagne in the hotel’s basement Liberty Lounge to celebrate the arrival of Threads & Heirs, their debut menswear collection for Macy’s. And even if the goods were not quite what you’d expect from the frills-and-frips Ruffian boys, the guys assembled—including Lorenzo Martone, who came on the arm of Jessica White; Paper magazine’s Luigi Tadini, who hosted the fête (pictured above, with Wolk and Morais); and Timo Weiland—all looked well pleased. “We’re pretty classic American boys,” Wolk told at the announcement of the collaboration with the historic retailer, and here were classic American pieces: seersucker jackets, short-sleeved cotton button-downs, military-inspired flak jackets. Classic boys, maybe, but not boys-only. “I have a rack of pieces in the studio and I have to keep asking them to send me more,” Morais said with a laugh. “The girls keep grabbing the polos, the cardigans.” As if on cue, a Ruffian gal in a striped men’s polo floated by.

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