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The 2019 Academy Awards made for a banger night in men’s style, and Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali, in an eggshell mandarin-collar shirt and black suit with a black hat, was a standout. The black hat had a cuff and a dimple on the crown, leading us to wonder: Was it a beanie? Was it a karakul? Whatever it was, it was the perfect formal gesture that didn’t scream, “I AM WEARING A HAT, ON MY HEAD, AT THE AWARD SHOW.”
Milliner Gigi Burris, the brain behind the cap, decoded it for us. “The hat is called The Sharina,” she said, and is a style she’s been making for several seasons now, for both men and women. (Her brand launched men’s a little over a year ago.) She started with “a relaxed beanie style, more than a jinnah or karakul,” she said; the latter are typically made of fur. “We thought it was a cool way to have a cuff, like a beanie.”
So it’s safe to call it a formal beanie? “Oh, definitely,” she said. Ali’s stylist, Van Van Alonso—“a really rad chick,” says Burris—had called Burris and her team early last week and laid out their vision for the night; Burris quickly made one up in Ali’s size and sent it over on Wednesday. But your typical stretchy, ribbed wool dome this is not: Burris uses velour-finish felt, and creates the shape by hand-blocking the material over a wooden mold with steam and rope. Her male clients love its structured but relaxed shape, Burris says: musician Raphael Saadiq and visual artist Nari Ward both have Sharinas in their wardrobe. And if you’re looking to carry the style into the summer, Burris is releasing one in straw soon.
When it comes to icons of the sneaker world, Jordan Brand isn’t exactly hurting. The Air Jordan 1 is, after all, the shoe that put us on the path to the booming sneaker world we know today. And the styles that followed have become mainstays of the culture as well. The question, though, isn’t what the brand got right in the past—it’s how the company is moving into the future while still respecting those roots.
At least, that’s what I wanted to know when I spoke with Jordan’s VP of Design David Creech this summer in Paris, where the brand was showcasing its fall 2018 collection during fashion week. With so much in the archives, and with fans so dedicated to the OG designs, how does a sneaker company keep things feeling fresh? How do the designers keep the old icons alive while creating new ones for a younger generation?
There are no easy answers to these questions. Luckily, Creech was willing to give it a shot. From embracing Jordan’s female fan base to creating new riffs on the classics, here’s how he’s helping shape the brand’s future.
He recognizes it’s a balancing act.
I think it’s a fine line, but it’s a great opportunity for us. How do we keep stretching for the future? Because in design, we have to be about the future. Make no mistake about it: Because we’re fortunate enough to be the Jordan brand, we have the assets and the icons to really tap into, when we need to. So is there a scripted formula? Probably not. But I think it’s something that we constantly, the designers and the brand, have to keep pushing and moving forward in order to really create for the next generation.