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Saturday marked the debut of Mattison's new boutique on Melrose Place, nestled between Marni and the future home of Isabel Marant. Designed in partnership with interior decorators at Commune, the new store houses designer Derek Mattison's expertly tailored line of suits and denim alongside his collection of footwear and neckties.
Each piece in the collection is handmade in Los Angeles, with every jacket numbered and signed by the tailor on a "Republic of California" label neatly tucked away in an inside pocket. The level of attention to detail in the collection and the store can be attributed to Mattison's own meticulous nature. At a private dinner party catered by Lucques held last Thursday to celebrate the flagship's launch, Mattison spoke with us about his line's new home and his future plans.
When he first started looking for spaces in Los Angeles, Melrose Place was a "no-brainer." He's already well-acquainted with the area and named nearby ink.sack a go-to lunch spot that he hits up "at least four times a week." Regarding the store's minimalist look, the self-professed "clothes whore" says that he created the type of store that he himself would want to shop at and wanted to design a space that had a California sensibility within a "David Lynchian world."
Showing no signs of slowing down, Mattison is already working on the next two collections and is looking to high-end department stores for next year's fall line. While the new collections will stay true to Mattison's uniform style, he's playing with silhouettes more and is particularly excited about his upcoming bomber jacket with cashmere ribbing—an alternative to his slim-fitting blazers.