People across the globe are embracing the concept of minimalism. In design, it means distilling everything down to the core of what works, removing what’s not being used and keeping the essentials, beautifully. This is the concept behind our design approach and our name. In fashion, minimalism is a direct response to fast-fashion and over consumption at the expense of quality, the environment, and garment industry working conditions. Reducing both what we own and consume may bring some style benefits; a wardrobe consisting of a few high-quality pieces that work for you and that you love. We collaborated with a few designers to share our take on minimalism and how we incorporate it in our aesthetic, style, and wardrobe.
1. Ben Himshoot | Landscape Architect | Chicago, IL
My design aesthetic can be described as reclaimed minimalism, embracing elements of Japanese Zen gardens, incorporating re-purposed materials, and using clean lines and repetition. My personal fashion style is also minimalistic. I can often be seen sporting dark jeans, a crisp dress shirt with sleeves rolled up to the forearm, and polished boots.
Must-Have Accessary: Leather messenger bag.
2. Miguel Blanco | Senior Art Director | New York, NY
I don’t consider myself a minimalist in every aspect of my style, but certainly when it comes to fashion. I tend to wear mostly neutrals and one or two colors in my outfit. Sometimes I add a pop of color by accessory.
Must-Have Accessory: MICHAEL KORS Watch Hunger Stop Oversized Runway Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Watc
3. Albey Coronel | Creative Director | Gainesville, FL
Minimal design stands the passing of time, staying relevant for years, even decades. I am personally inspired by the notion of less-is-more across the board, in architecture, interiors, print design, fashion and even music. My daily style is less exciting than people might expect, consisting of jeans, a fitted black crew neck and New Balance 574’s. A look that has been referred by my friends as ‘Albey’s uniform’.
Must-Have Accessory: Phone, keys, wallet.
4. Jose Jordan | Interior Designer | Orlando, FL
A juxtaposition of primary and secondary elements, my style is a pairing of two opposite ideas in the same space. These could be anything from opposing materials, such as glass and walnut wood, or two distinct designs, such as a quiet neutral palette and a brightly colored custom carpet design. My minimalist interiors usually become carefully detailed, quiet backdrops to showcase our lives, our furnishings and our art.
Must-Have Accessory: A great pair of simple jeans.
Art Direction and Photography: Albey Coronel
Design: Rick Bales
Production Assistants: Raye Rojos, TJ Zogurski, Ryan Phillips.
Models: Domingo Henry, Tico Baez, Lorné Rodriguez