Mark McNairy continues his love affair with rappers through a collaboration with Pharrell for his "BEE" fall line for Billionaire Boys Club. Complex sat down with the two of them at the preview for the upcoming line to talk design inspiration, creative synergy, and the roots of McNairy's love for hip-hop. See an excerpt of the interview below and head to Complex for the full cut.
What inspired the BBC collection?
Pharrell: The main BBC collection in continuing with the outdoor lifestyle and all the usual stuff. It's the next iteration of where we are with the DNA of the brand and trying to progress forward with our colors, patterns, and the things we feel like make us, "us."
BBC started out heavy with all over-prints, especially in hoodies, and now you guys have got critter pants and all-over print polo shirts, is that a natural, classier progression of BBC? Are you paying homage to that sort of heritage of the brand?
Pharrell: Maybe it's homage, or maybe it's just what we feel right now. That's gonna change. Next year it's gonna look completely different.
So what kind of things are you feeling right now?
Pharrell: Extra denim. The more denim, the better.
What about the color schemes of the BEE line?
Pharrell: Well, let me bring Mark over for the. Mark, can you speak to the colors that we chose?
Mark: We used a lot of yellow accents because of the whole "BEE" thing, such as yellow pocket lining.
What about the use of tweeds, herringbones, and more menswear-influenced fabrications and patterns in the line?
Mark: Yeah, I was trying to merge traditional menswear and streetwear.
It's a perfect fit, you've been working with artists like Danny Brown, and no one else in menswear has really embraced hip-hop in their work at publicly as you have, is there a reason for that? Do you like rap or just like these rappers?
Mark: It's funny because I started listening to Grandmaster Flash, The Clash, Young M.C., Afrika Bambaataa . . . and then I missed out on hip-hop for a long time.
What brought you back into the hip-hop world?
Mark: Honestly, Jay-Z. I love him as a guy, as a person, businessman or whatever, but I only knew one of his songs, that's it. Only one: 99 Problems.
To tell you the truth, I thought Kanye was a dick. My younger brother, who's 10 years younger, who's very narrow-minded about his musiche likes English Brit-Pop or whatever, he tells me he liked Kanye. I was like, "What the fuck are you talking about?!"
And then I listened to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and I was like, "What the fuck?! This is fucking amazing!" And then it just went from there.
How do you play off the creative energy between you two?
Pharrell: He's my hero! Not only is he very talented, but he cracks me up. He's the funniest guy. I could have grown up with him. He could have been my best friend as a kid because we both have those Southern sensibilities. The shit you just wouldn't understand unless you were from the South.
I couldn't believe that somebody from the South had his taste and tone. Especially when it came to traditional English textiles that he'd use. His usage of tweed, herringbone, and gingham printall the things that I loveand how he mixes it and flips it, it's ingenious. So I'm happy. And he doesn't have a New York accent, it's all the real shit, but he lives here, and he's lived here for the longest time. He's rare. Super rare.
What else can we expect from you two in the future?
Pharrell: Those. [Points to a pair of camouflage shoes McNairy is wearing]. But I'll have them first.
Mark: We got saddle shoes coming. Navy saddle shoes with gold saddles.
Pharrell: Unbelievable shit. He's the shit!