Upon entering Rag & Bone’s bustling, industrial-style studio in the Meatpacking District, you almost expect someone to toss a rugby ball or break out a vintage Ping-Pong table. The staff pads around in jeans of as many colors as in the jar of Jolly Ranchers on the showroom table.
Designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville moved into this space five years ago, bringing their matching black-lacquered desks from their first studio on West Fortieth Street with them (the two have shared an office since 2006). Memorabilia lives everywhere: a basketball signed by Carmelo Anthony during last year’s Fashion’s Night Out, a letter Ralph Lauren wrote to the team when they won the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award in 2010, and a small canvas tote bag that Wainwright made in 2002. (“That was probably the last thing I sewed,” he says.) On top of a shelf sits a New York license plate that reads RAGBONE, a birthday gift from Wainwright to Neville, as well as a supply of liquor that would impress Don Draper. “The guys we work with in the Garment District always give us whiskey for Christmas!” Neville says.
Samples are made on the first floor of their space in the design studio, where boards of soft denim, intricate crochet, and colorful zippers are lined up next to shoe samples and a rack of pieces from Resort 2013. The only relics hinting at the building’s past are the meat hooks on the ceilings—now used to drape curtains.
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