By mid-April, Phillip Lim had been “hunkering down” in his New York condo for one month and had that thought: I’ve nothing to put on. It is a designer who has run his personal enterprise, 3.1 Phillip Lim, for 15 years; it’s honest to imagine his wardrobe is well-stocked. It isn’t that he was missing nice garments; it’s simply that they simply didn’t really feel related to his dramatically totally different life. What do you put on to comfortably make money working from home for weeks on finish, apart from sweats? What about for the two-hour walks we’ve been taking to protect our sanity? Or the myriad actions which have moved outdoor, like eating, consuming, socializing, even catching a movie?
Lim felt compelled to design a set for this second, not the far-off future. Vogue’s customary cycle of predicting what we’ll be within the temper for six months from now felt newly archaic. “What am I going to put on simply to get by means of the day and be prepared to maneuver?” he says. “I didn’t need to reside in sweatpants or pajamas. I wanted one thing adaptable.”
On his espresso desk, he began sketching what’s now Stay Free, a brand new direct-to-consumer capsule of comfy, sturdy, and extremely thought-about necessities for women and men: boxy T-shirts, relaxed blazers, split-hem trousers, weightless parkas. Lim calls it “at-leisure,” a play on athleisure, the important thing distinction being that you just wouldn’t truly train in these garments. There’s a pair of leggings, however they’re for “operating round,” not marathon coaching; they’re comfier than your classic denims, however sturdier and extra like “actual pants” than your Spandex tights. “They’re wardrobe constructing blocks which are made for residing,” he says. “This was created within the current to permit us to be within the current and really feel a way of freedom.”