Heron Preston is at the forefront of a group of American designers influencing today’s fashion landscape. He has a smart, inclusive point of view that’s led him to wide-ranging, outside-the-box collaborations, from Nike and Virgil Abloh to the New York Department of Sanitation. This season, he’s adding NASA to that roster with a capsule collection launching in early July. “I mean, I just couldn’t dream any bigger than going to space,” he tells Barneys’ Drew Caldwell on The Barneys Podcast episode five.

During the episode, Preston candidly discusses how, before he became a designer, his early use of the Internet—including his own blog—and being immersed in nightlife fueled his creativity. “I’ve always joked around like, if a city doesn’t really have a nightlife you should just get out because that’s where the culture, that’s where a lot of ideas and community kind of building happens is at night and amongst like-minded people over music,” says the designer, who’s been DJing since he got into turntable culture as a teenager in San Francisco.

For more insider anecdotes, tune into “In Conversation” episode five of The Barneys Podcast. Plus, save the date: On Saturday, June 2, Heron Preston releases an exclusive capsule collection for thedropLA@barneys online and at Barneys Beverly Hills, where he’ll be doing a live DJ set in store at 5 p.m.

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