Q+ A With James MacLean Of LA Fashion Week



We spoke to James MacLean, the editor at LA Fashion Week about menswear, trends and what inspires him. 

Bows-N-Ties:  How and when did you become interested in menswear?
James MacLean:  Since birth, I’ve always loved fashion / menswear. 


Bows-N-Ties:  Who and what inspires you? 
James MacLean:  Everything, look around there is so much beauty and miracles everywhere it’s impossible not to be inspired.


Bows-N-Ties:  What do you think some of the upcoming trends are going to be?
James MacLean:  I see a 70’s trend that I’m not crazy about but “C’est la vie”.. Also fatigue patterns / color palettes and hats which are always fun! 


Bows-N-Ties:  How many ties do you own?
James MacLean:  I used to own a TON, I worked in a corporate environment so wore one everyday .. I probably had 100+ but I’ve since now weeded them down to the best / most dramatic that I now wear out to more formal affairs.


Bows-N-Ties:  How many shoes do you own?
James MacLean:  A TON .. Ugh this is something I haven’t been able to downsize ; ) 


Bows-N-Ties:  How would your describe your fashion aesthetic? 
James MacLean:  Simple, classic but I’m also very loyal to my brands so I’m really consistent. 


Bows-N-Ties:  What advice would you give men just becoming interested in fashion and beginning to define their style? 
James MacLean:  Find your style and stick with it .. You can incorporate trends or try new looks but stay true to who you are and always feel comfortable in your presentation. 


Bows-N-Ties:  If you had to name one thing, what would be your favorite thing in your wardrobe right now? 
James MacLean: Hermes cuff 


Bows-N-Ties:  How would you define LA’s fashion scene? 
James MacLean:   Eclectic and GROWING. LA is so diverse and filled with opportunity for the next big thing. Plus lately getting a lot of attention from international brands and the marketplace. I love LA and all that it has to offer to the fashion scene. 


Bows-N-Ties:  From our collection, what five pieces do you think every man should own?
James MacLean:  These would be my picks:
A Classic Yellow and Navy Striped Tie
The All Purpose White Tie
A Statement Red Tie
Red and White Striped Tie
Solid White Bow Tie

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