“Foundational Menswear,” as Realized by David Bowie’s Tailor

Want to throw out and rebuild your wardrobe? Start here.

By The Editors

When David Bowie’s Tailor Makes a T-Shirt and Jeans...
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04 February 2016

An indie rocker, a custom moto purveyor, the former lead designer of a sustainable fashion line and David Bowie’s tailor walk into a bar.

Or maybe it was a coffee shop. Bus stop. Something more clandestine.

Wherever it was, it worked, because the result was just-launched and exceedingly handsome menswear brand Basic Rights.

Their wares? Foundational staples like T-shirts, jeans, button-ups, sweatshirts, trousers and a classic-cut jean jacket featuring double-sided, black, Japanese denim. By offering quality fabrics, solid fits and excellent construction at a lower price point (pieces range from $50-$500), the collection embraces the premise that a “man should be able to go skateboarding in the same outfit one would go to dinner in.”

Don’t let that theme fool you. These clothes come with the blessing of a man — David Chambers, one of four said founders — who has dressed Bowie, Harvey Keitel and painter David Hockney, compares his suits to Porsches, and basically picks and chooses his clients at will.

“People come to me wanting something different and I will fit their criteria,” Chambers says. “I love a character look, not dressing up, but suiting the style to the character. I am more the professional’s professional.”

Good enough for Bowie, good enough for us.

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