For this week’s Worn Out Wednesday, Jason Wagg, co-founder of THE ENSIGN, speaks to us about his career and personal style:
I grew up in New Mexico in a culturally rich environment. Exposure to a strong artistic community and beautiful landscapes gave me an appreciation for art– both the created and the naturally occurring. My first career choice was as a musician, but I worked in retail to pay bills and fell in love with fashion. I worked my way up the chain of department stores until I finished college and moved to New York City, where I was privileged to work at Tom Ford, which was my dream company. I spent a few years there before moving on through some consulting (which I still do) and learning everything about digital the hard way at a digital marketplace.
When I moved to New York City, I didn’t know many people, so I made it my mission to find every bar, club, and restaurant worth going to. So I spent a good chunk of my first three years going out four nights a week. That’s how I made most of my friends here and how I met my business partner, who was at Ralph Lauren at the time. He came to me with an idea to start a fashion business and we worked for two years to refine the idea and build the relationships we needed to launch THE ENSIGN.
As for my personal style:
Jeans: I’m obsessed with my 3×1 M3s. Great company, great designer, great jeans, and Made In America. I still miss Rogan though…
Shirts: Deveaux Tencel Tees (long or short). I love a classic tee layered with nice slacks or great jeans and a killer statement jacket.
Pants: Nomad Pant from GARCIAVELEZ. Great combo of easy fit with elevated touches and goes with everything.
Suits: Tom Ford Classic Grey three-piece. I got addicted to the fit and fabric while working there. Still my favorite for sentimental reasons (and the fact they look so damn good).
Shoes: I have tough feet to fit so anything that actually fits is my favorite. Lately, I’ve been really impressed by Rancourt Classic Court Low.
Accessories: I don’t wear hats but if I did, it would be something from Gigi Burris, who is just releasing a mens line. Giles and Brother is high on my list for jewelry. I love this 2-tone version of a safety pin cuff.
Outerwear: I’m really into trucker jackets and this Krammer & Stoudt version is my new go-to.
Favorite cologne: Private Label by Jovoy. The perfect signature scent for me and distinctive without being overpowering.
Favorite app: Twitter. I’m also a huge Slack fan.
Favorite piece of technology: AppleTV. Should be my phone but I love the flexibility across multiple devices.
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