When New York City designer Drew Villani unveiled his men’s line “Dreu” during 2014 New York Fashion Week, he selected Dansko clogs as the collection’s featured footwear. Villani paired three styles from our Stapled Clog collection with contemporary sweaters, suits and t-shirts, working to maintain Dreu’s clean, minimal, beautiful look. We caught up with Villani following his Fashion Week presentation to learn more about the Australian-born designer.
Q: What is your favorite fabric and why?
A: Cashmere. It’s a beautiful fabric, but it also ages very well, developing natural pills and balls. I think you just need to embrace those things.
Q: List your top three wardrobe staples.
A: Vintage Levi Jeans, an overcoat and a plain t-shirt.
Q: If you could shake hands with one designer, who would it be?
A: Phoebe Philo, British designer from Celine, a French luxury house.
Q: What item belongs in every man’s closet?
A: A plain white t-shirt.
Q: Can you describe the best and worst fashion trends of your lifetime?
A: I was a skater growing up, so I wore the low-hanging, baggy pants with an XXL t-shirt. At the time, I thought this look was very cool. Thankfully, when I got my first job in retail, which was specifically with suiting and tailored goods, I learned to step up my style a bit.
Q: If you had to place your collection into one time period, which would it be?
A: Today – I see Dreu as a modern collection.
Q: What was your childhood dream job?
A: I was always very into sports, so I grew up playing a lot of basketball. Like many young kids, my dream was to play in the NBA.
Q: Name your favorite New York City restaurant.
A: Café Minerva in the West Village. When I first moved to New York, this was my spot—I would always stop to read and gather my thoughts.