Timo Weiland Profile: Designer

It’s not everyday you see a 20-something guy in an ascot—Chuck Bass excluded. So when Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein first met and each was sporting a version of the formal Edwardian necktie, the connection was instantaneous. They debuted a unisex collection of neckwear in the fall of 2009 (this spring marked their first full-fledged ready-to-wear line) and immediately found a niche on the set of Gossip Girl. In fact, their bow ties started making cameos on the show even before they hit the sales floors at Barneys and Takashimaya. Just don’t ask the designers which characters wore them: “We’re so busy that we’ve never actually seen an episode,” says Weiland. (For the record, it was Chuck and Blair.) He and Eckstein do, however, find time for cinema. They cite Gangs of New York and Great Expectations as inspirations, and lately a new muse has come onto their radar. “Carey Mulligan,” says Weiland. “We loved her in An Education. Her character was so effortlessly sophisticated and chic, yet she was only seventeen. That’s the way we see our girl.” Eckstein adds: “She’s someone who appreciates the art of dressing.” And you can’t put an age on that.

via Timo Weiland Profile: Designer: teenvogue.com.


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