If you’ve ever slipped on a Ralph Lauren Black Label suit, you’re well aware of the line’s capacity to instantly elevate you to gentleman status.
But even gentlemen need to relax on occasion. Enter: Black Label Denim, a new premium denim line that offers fashion-forward fits for the urban sophisticate. From no-nonsense slim fits to wide-leg pleated styles, the line offers a range of options that will take you from uptown to downtown in serious style. So whether you’re raising a glass at an art opening or fleeing town for a weekend retreat, you’ll look as effortlessly cool as you feel.
And who was tapped to represent the collection? None other than Nacho Figueras, the polo-playing Argentine who set the standard for modern sophistication when he became the face of Ralph Lauren Black Label in 2005.
Below, Nacho talks perfect fit, his favorite pieces, and the secret to his trans-hemispheric style.
Barneys New York: There are a lot of options out there when it comes to denim, but Ralph Lauren has nailed it. What do you like most about the collection?
Nacho Figueras: Black Label Denim feels very cool and modern. I wear jeans a lot, but I still want to look stylish. I especially love the treatment that makes the jeans look like leather, and that RL has shirts and jackets that go well with the jeans.
BNY: As an accomplished horseman, you know a thing or two about denim. How do you like your jeans to fit?
NF: Jeans should have a masculine fit—whether they’re skinny or wide-leg. That’s how Black Label Denim fits—so you’re kind of rugged but still sophisticated.
BNY: What Black Label Denim items do you find yourself wearing again and again?
NF: I love my motocross jeans with a simple black t-shirt. I switch back and forth between the leather biker jacket and the denim pea coat, depending on my mood. I also can’t wait to wear the bright shirts and bleached jeans from the spring collection.
BNY: The United States is a denim nation. How do American and Argentinean style differ?
NF: Well, the weather’s a lot milder in Buenos Aires where I live, so I wear fewer jackets when I’m home. But the way men and women dress is pretty similar—we all love designer brands and well-made clothes, and know when to dress up or down. What I love to see in the United States is how many people wear the polo shirt—especially the one with my number! It makes me feel like the sport I love is being recognized around the world.
BNY: What have you learned style-wise and beyond from working with Ralph Lauren?
NF: I definitely learned that it’s okay for men to like fashion. Ralph’s a really cool guy who has a ranch and a classic car collection, and he’s also one of the most famous designers in the world. He knows that clothes make you feel a certain way—and I like the way I feel in his clothes.
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