We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: There’s no reason basics should be boring. As we creatures of habit know, there’s an art to the understated—and while there’s certainly a time and a place for a statement piece, there’s just something so comforting about those familiar pieces done perfectly right.
Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg is well aware of this, which is why he teamed up with Barneys New York to create the No Bunk No Junk collection (charmingly named after the slogan on a vintage Barneys matchbook tracked down by our VP of men’s designer collections, Jay Bell). We caught up with the designer to learn more about the No Bunk mission.
You’ve been designing the No Bunk No Junk collection for several seasons now. How has it evolved?
The great thing about No Bunk is that it’s about the basics, the core of a guy’s wardrobe—great suits, great shirts, black, white, grey—so in a way it hasn’t evolved as much as it has continued to refine and refresh those pieces.
What does the Barneys New York heritage mean to you, and how does Band of Outsiders play into that heritage?
Barneys heritage to me is about bringing great design to Manhattan, balanced with a fresh take on classics. For a long time, the focus seemed to be much more on European designers, but in the past 10 years that extended to new American designers as well, which is where Band comes into the heritage.
What’s your favorite piece in the collection this season?
This capsule took on some travel themes, and my favorite piece is an oxford cloth button up with an archive travel print we developed for the collection.
How exactly would you define Bunk and Junk—and why is it so important to be rid of it?
In the original ad slogan which I took from the matchbook, I think it referred to cheap designer knock-offs, non-authentic clothes, which clearly have no place at Barneys.
Do you like your collections to have a sense of humor?
Sure. I prefer for most things to have a sense of humor. Except music. I enjoy deeply depressing music.
Is there someone who personifies the attitude of the No Bunk No Junk collection?
Jay Bell, your brilliant VP/DMM who was one of the first, and remains one of the biggest, supporters of Band.