A brilliant mind based in Boston, Claude Michelle started his eponymous line. Claude Michelle Rowing is bringing a new look to a sea of mundane male fashion. The Rowing movement is bringing back the dapper male species. Inspired by his mother and driven by an internal flame of passion this young man and his brand is doing big things.
HH: Tell us about yourself, when did your menswear designer/ entrepreneurial career begin?
CM: I've been designing for about 7 years and I got started watching my mother who’s a seamstress of 40+ years. She inspired me to get into fashion design with her own work and also watching a lot of vintage films with her growing up.
HH: Why did you choose to name your brand The Rowing?
CM: Well Claude Michelle is my first and middle name; and for the Rowing part of the brand I came up with choosing a sport that represents luxury, prestige, and class.
HH: Who is the Rowing Man? How does he feel about men’s fashion?
CM: A Rowing man is a man with prestige, class, elegance, a gentleman. His feeling about fashion is very timeless, vintage, classic, a preppy type of individual.
HH: There is also a Rowing boy’s collection! When did you decide to expand and are you planning any other product categories? Perhaps a women’s line ?!
CM: The Claude Michelle Rowing brand is all about introducing people to the lifestyle behind the sport. With that being said, the Rowing by Claude Michelle is a lifestyle brand that will be doing men’s, women’s, and kids. Rowing is an extension to the Claude Michelle brand which is my luxury brand. Soon, I'll introduce that brand to the world as well as the all women’s brand names after my biggest inspiration, my mother.
HH: Describe your signature look, and what it communicates about you.
CM: A suit, because to me a suit represents a man with respect, class, elegance, a gentleman.
HH: What’s the driving force behind your brand? Where do you see Rowing in the next two years?
CM: My passion. It’s simply that I love what I do and would do it even if I didn’t make a dime doing it. I see the Rowing by Claude Michelle brand as becoming a lifestyle amongst the masses. I’m also on the verge of launching my first flagship store and having my pieces in stores and online for purchase.
HH: Where can we follow your work, or shop the Rowing movement?
CM: Well, I'm working on finishing my Rowing spring/summer 2013 collection as I write this. I'm also working on finding manufacturing to mass produce my pieces for sale. To follow the movement you can check out the social media links below:
Twitter: @ROWING1893 @CLAUDE_MICHELLE