A chat with Vaughn Brown of Parker Dusseau
Suits and bicycles rarely mix – much to the frustration of many. But has Parker Dusseau come up with, not a compromise, but a solution in the form of the Commuter Suit?
Parker Dusseau, based in San Francisco, was formed in 2012 and has been receiving rave reviews from the likes of Men’s Journal, Urban Danny and Inside Hook to name just a few.
I caught up with Parker Dusseau founder, Vaughn Brown, to find out a little more about his company and whether it really is possible to have a cycling-friendly suit.
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DC: So Vaughn, what exactly is Parker Dusseau?
Vaughn: Parker Dusseau was a man. He was my uncle. The most charismatic man you’d ever meet. He was active, adventurous, well dressed, and chillingly handsome. The brand honours Parker Dusseau’s spirit: a love of the outdoors, an elegant sense of style and a gregarious approach to life.
DC: So what was your concept for Parker Dusseau?
Vaughn: The concept is ‘always ready’; for adventure, activity, business, romance, socializing. The clothes move with the man by providing him performance oriented pieces in well-fitted silhouettes that are just as comfortable out on the town as they are on a bike, in the air or at junior’s soccer practice.
I think it’s important to wear clothes that fit well and accentuate a man’s physique. No matter the body type, clothes can help communicate the characteristics of what it means to be a well-rounded man: strong, comfortable, stable, secure and confident.
DC: Are there style trade-offs in your range to allow for increased functionality?
Vaughn: Things like garment style, drape and look were the most important things for us to maintain during our design and development process – so any of the functional elements work ‘around’ the aesthetic, not the other way around. Simply put, we won’t compromise look for functionality. We believe that the two (functionality and style) can co-exist and in many cases, complement each other. The whole mission of the company is to fuse those two elements together. Active people shouldn’t have to look like they’re loading chairlifts or just coming from the gym or a yoga class.
DC: What are you looking to achieve with PD in the short and long term?
Vaughn: Short term: develop working relationships with each one of my customers. I’m very interested in their feedback and providing them the types of pieces that help them in their daily lives.
Long term: continue to grow the vision of what it means to be ‘always ready’. This means I’d like to extend into outerwear, footwear and accessories as well as offer active females the same types of fashion driven performance pieces that compliment their active lifestyles.
DC: And finally Vaughan, would you rather your bicycle had the ability to fly once a day for 20 minutes or you could ride on water freely?
Vaughn: Fly, without a doubt. It means I could buzz the Golden Gate Bridge via air – something I have always wanted to do.
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