Alexandra Kometovna

Ovadia & Sons

Alexandra Kometovna
Ovadia & Sons

Interview by ALAN MALEH
Photographed by CEDRIC BIHR

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How is it that you ended up taking over my old space in the garment district? It’s such an odd building!

We were looking for a new office in a children’s wear building. Space in the building was highly sought after and there was only one office available for rent. We ended up taking the space and there was a desk that you left behind that we kept. A few weeks later, you called to ask if you had left something in the drawer and stopped by to pick it up. We met briefly and exchanged handshakes. Nothing in life is coincidence; sometimes you just need to open your eyes.

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How refreshing is it to do something you love, and to be great at it?

It’s a great blessing to wake up in the morning and love what you do. We’re very thankful for that.

How did you guys recognize that the “future” of men’s fashion lay in classicism?

We recognized what we loved and wanted to wear. It wasn’t a conscious decision to recognize what the “future” of men’s fashion would be. For us it was a natural process, we just wanted to make clothing that we want to wear. The items we create are a reflection of what excites and inspire us. It’s our vision and adventure through clothing.

How do you combine your colors? How do you pick your fabrics?

We always start with asking ‘What do we want to wear?’ By playing with textures and colors, we create a unique blend that draws the eye. The color stories and fabrics are inspired by everything from the places we’ve traveled, to vintage photographs, antiques and old movies.

Some items have a subtle funny twist to them: the same tone of shirt and tie, the Hawaiian shirt comeback. Can you discuss your inspiration for Spring?

There is a laid-back, bohemian, military feel that has a worn in feel with washed fabrics, loosely woven knitwear and indigo tones. The group features hand-made, indigo tie-dye oxford shirts worn with distressed chinos and a vintage inspired military combat jacket. We pair it with a vintage bandana as a neckerchief to complete the look.

The next group is inspired by a recent trip to France. We created suits in lightweight fabrics and patterns. There’s a navy-on-navy, seersucker, cotton suit which we paired with a featherweight, indigo, plaid shirt and matching tie. We also showed a linen, tan, houndstooth suit with a fuchsia and white, striped shirt and a cotton Hawaiian print ivory tie.

Wool tuxedo and vest, cotton tuxedo shirt, silk grosgrain bowtie, glen plaid linen pocket square

Wool tuxedo and vest, cotton tuxedo shirt, silk grosgrain bowtie, glen plaid linen pocket square

Can you discuss how the desire for travel inspires your work?

We’re heavily influenced by the places we’ve been and the things we’ve seen on the way. We’ve designed collections around a trip to the South of France and most recently to Morocco and Tokyo. The inspiration comes from the food to the architecture and bazaars. And we always want to see the antiques — of course that’s key!

Which of your pieces is based on classic, iconic models?

We like to take classic familiar pieces that we love and reinterpret them. We’ve been collecting vintage clothing since the age of fifteen. That was our hobby. There’s a lot of influence from the past and a hint of familiarity each season but it’s done in our way and in our vision. The results are authentic but new and exciting at the same time.

Wool suit, cotton french cuff shirt, silk spot tie, glen plaid linen pocket square, buck cricket lace-up shoe

Wool suit, cotton french cuff shirt, silk spot tie, glen plaid linen pocket square, buck cricket lace-up shoe

You guys are also collectors: do you have a method for collecting, or is it just falling in love with a piece? Are there specific things you collect?

We buy things that speak to us because we genuinely appreciate and love them. Some things we collect are vintage luggage, military clothing and memorabilia, decorative objects, furniture, books and porcelain. We also appreciate rugs and old trinkets. A lot of the pieces end up in our apartments and some make it to our showroom. There really is no method to collecting!

I’m curious to know what it feels like to work with such a close family member? How do you divide the tasks?

We both share the same vision and enjoy a lot of the same things. We both have very strong opinions so we don’t really sugarcoat anything. We have to agree to disagree at times.