people
people

Jeff Staple's Good Taste

The New York-based designer and entrepreneur shares a few of his inspirations.

Jeff Staple

Jeff Staple

Photo By Edwin Estrada

Jeff Staple enjoys being a bit of a renaissance man.

The New York-based designer, who founded The Reed Space shop and art gallery and the creative agency Staple Design, took a slight departure from creating clothing and footwear this year to enter a new category. After collaborating with brands such as Nike, Timberland and New Balance, Staple designed a pair of headphones for Beats by Dre.

“[Beats] has only been around for three years, but it’s already become such a part of pop culture,” Staple said. “When you go in the subway, [the headphones] are like a standard uniform for young people.”

Hoping the limited-edition headphones, which launched earlier this month, will connect with streetwear consumers, the designer also is putting a bigger focus on projects for his own Staple clothing line. “We really want to open the minds of everyone,” Staple said. “We want to bring so many other elements of street and sneaker culture into the mix.”

Here, Staple shares how he likes to mellow out while working and where he likes to grab a slice in New York.


When designing, I listen to:
Jazz. “I don’t want music to be too overbearing. I want it to relax me.”

Fashion inspiration:
Riding the subway. “I love going on the subway and watching all the human interaction that happens. It’s dope.”

Actor who would play me in a movie:
Jet Li. “We look similar, and maybe he could win some of the fights I lost as a kid.”

Best pizza place in New York:
The Original Rays on Prince Street

Favorite vacation spot:
“I don’t really take vacations, but Tokyo is my second home.”

load comments

ADD A COMMENT

Sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account, or simply type your comment below as a guest by entering your email and name. Your email address will not be shared. Please note that WWD reserves the right to remove profane, distasteful or otherwise inappropriate language.
News from WWD
Newsletters

Sign upSign up for WWD and FN newsletters to receive daily headlines, breaking news alerts and weekly industry wrap-ups.

LatestPublications
getIsArchiveOnly= hasAccess=false hasArchiveAccess=false