It’s easy for menswear designers to get lost in the fashion fray when women’s clothing designers have an endless supply of styles, fabrics and cuts to choose from. Make something too outlandish and very few men will wear it. Make it too bland, and well, you have the blue buttondown shirt and khaki pants combo that became the boring uniform of men across America.
Making the most of shirts, pants and jackets comes down the details. Lots of well-placed, well-planned details. And details are just what brothers Patrick and Fabrice Tardieu of Bogosse are all about.
In case you were wondering, Bogosse mean "handsome guy" in French and it looks as though their collection at Fashion Houston lived up to its name.
“We sweat the small stuff,” Fabrice Tardieu said in the Green Room of the Wortham Theater Center after the Bogosse runway show at Fashion Houston. “At the end of the day, details are where we can pay the most attention to the way we dress.
The Haitian-born brothers brought their collection to the Fashion Houston stage after Neiman Marcus encouraged the duo to come to the city. Already popular in the Neiman Marcus menswear department, the Bogosse show Tuesday night and public appearance at the store Wednesday (from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.), is another way to show off the line.
The show was a mix of casual and formal, but with trademark detailing added to everything they design. Button-down shirts are given eye-catching boosts thanks to colorful or patterned matching cuffs and collars.
Sleek black motorcycle jackets are adorned with rose gold zippers that combined form and function. Even simple flat-front pants and shorts are given a shot of style with colorful zippers on the back pockets. Ascots, bow ties and the use of vests, added additional oomph to the collection the brothers design with style-savvy men in mind.
“Our customer is a GQ kind of man — an individualist. Our shirts always get compliments and are ground for conversation starters,” Patrick says.
The designers work with fabric from Italy and England, but keep the shirts at around $250.
“What we design is wearable, sexy, versatile and elegant. We were able to show that in the show tonight. You can really see the quality,” Patrick says.
In case you were wondering, Bogosse mean "handsome guy" in French and it looks as though their collection at Fashion Houston Tuesday lived up to its name.