Mark McNairy - the designer with a deep love for Cheerwine soda, and famous for his cynical, often self-referential approach to menswear shows a different, softer side in this interview with GQ for their "Fatherhood & Style Series". He discusses fatherhood's effect on his sense of style and approach to life, and how he prefers letting his kids make their own personal style choices. Check out an excerpt of the interview below, and visit GQ for the rest.
How has fatherhood shaped you as a person, and your personal style?
McNairy: I guess as a person, it taught me to be a lot more patient. And as far as style, I don't have as much time as I used to, so the goal is trying to make everything as easy as possible to get dressed in the morning.
How would you describe your own father's style?
McNairy: In the old days, he shopped at the traditional men shops in Greensboro, North Carolina. He wore a suit and tie to work even though he worked on cash registers. So he was basically working with a toolbox, and greasy hands, but still wore a suit everyday. He took off his jacket when he got to the place every day, rolled up his sleeves, and did his business.
Have any of your children picked up on your style?
McNairy: Most definitely, Daisy is really into everything I do. She wears a lot of my clothing and Ryder, I started making him miniature versions of what I make for myself. He loves to open up the packages when new samples come to the house. He loves to check out the new stuff.
What age did you start letting your children make their own style choices?
McNairy: It's not when I start letting them, but rather a question of when they want to start. Ryder is three-and-a-half, and he already makes his own decisions. His mom bought him a real cool t-shirt that had neon pink in it, and he took it and threw it across the room. He said that's "for girls" and he's not wearing it. This morning, for the first time, he put his shoes on by himself. We got him a new pair of Vans classic black and white checkerboard sneakers. He came downstairs this morning with his shoes on the wrong feet.
What is your proudest moment as a dad?
McNairy: Don't do it... Just kidding, of course. Someone asked me what kind of father I am and I told him to email Daisy and ask her that question... that she could answer it a lot better than me. And when I read the email that she wrote...that was my proudest moment as a father.