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'Classic With a Twist': Chris Nick's Unconvential Menswear is Something to Watch

The designer's debut collection features suits with softer tailoring.
IMAGE COURTESY OF CHRIS NICK
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Unconventional menswear is on the rise. From softer palettes and the use of sheer materials to even harnesses, tailoring has been intermixed with slightly more feminine details. It's a style that breaks gender barriers, and something that fashion designer Chris Nick Delos Reyes is championing. With a background in womenswear, Delos Reyes creates bold and divergent men's looks that he describes as "classic with a twist." Here, we talk to the young designer about his debut collection, softer tailoring, and making movies reality.

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ESQUIRE PHILIPPINES: How did you find your way into fashion? Was it something you always wanted to do?

CHRIS NICK DELOS REYES: Fashion has always been something that captured my attention, particularly fashion in film during the Golden Age of Hollywood. There was just something so romantic about everything: the characters, the clothes, and the dialogues. I wanted to create my own versions of those actors and actresses, those scenarios and conversations, somehow make my own ideal world, and I wanted to make it a reality for modern times.

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ESQ: Can you tell us about your label, Chris Nick?

CNDR: A true classic, I aspire to be a standard for class and elegance. That’s how I envision every piece I make for my clients and myself and the service we provide when we have clients over at the studio. When I design, I always think, “Would I wear this?” If the answer is yes, it’s Chris Nick.

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ESQ: What were the challenges of getting the brand off the ground?

CNDR: Initially, it was finding a team that could bring to the table the level of quality I wanted in my clothing and services. Luckily, I was able to build a loyal team that can do just that.

ESQ: Tell us about your debut collection.

CNDR: Reve Parisien is my debut collection. It's inspired by my favorite city in the world, Paris, and my favorite muse of all time, Audrey Hepburn—as cliche as that may sound. I focused on very sophisticated and classic pieces that revolve around versatility, mixing feminine and masculine elements that reflect me as a person. It was an extension of my personal wardrobe. Or what my wardrobe would be like if I were a woman, really.

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ESQ: Your menswear isn't the most traditional. Tell us about the man you're designing for.

CNDR: He’s a guy that values a tailored suit, one that’s very classic but with a twist. Let’s say a playful sash here or perhaps an elevated fabric with a slight sheen. He's a man of sophistication and class. He's never loud and never seeks attention, but gets it. He’s truly put together and knows what he wants.

ESQ: Where does your inspiration come from?

CNDR: The fantasy found in film has actually influenced me more than the world that we live in. For me, it has become a reality, an ideal world that I love to recreate again and again

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ESQ: What are your career highs so far?

CNDR: It was gaining the trust of some of Manila’s high profile clients. That, and of course, Catriona Gray’s classic ivory tuxedo for her homecoming, which I’ve been very well known for.

Designer Chris Nick Delos Reyes upends traditional suiting with softer tailoring.

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ESQ: Beyond your busy days and weeks ahead, what's next?

CNDR: It’s not set in stone, but I plan to venture into perhaps Chris Nick Home or even a Chris Nick Café—lots of blacks and golds, filled with my sketches, and a French menu to start.

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