You’ve decided to show in Paris, though. Why is that?
Paris offers a bigger contrast between OAMC and the more established houses, especially when we have the opportunity to put our work out there on the same day as some of these bigger brands. Of course, Milan has its own historic and powerful brands, but I always dreamed of showing in Paris.
You produce each design in the same manufacturing centers as Valentino and Tom Ford, and you’ve mentioned how you feel the brand is really closing a gap between streetwear and established houses.
We don’t cut any corners. Everything we do is on par with any of the brands mentioned. From an aesthetic point of view, I am hesitant to label our brand as streetwear because that has become such a loaded word these days. People like to throw around the phrase “luxury streetwear” with us, and I think it’s a bit dismissive. Maybe if you go back to streetwear’s beginnings, with someone like Shawn Stussy, then I would get it. He is probably more cultured and cleverer than any high end brand’s creative director, and his taste level is right up there. I hope people look at us as doing something new. We aren’t releasing straight graphics or nylon jackets, but at the same time we aren’t creating something that’s too stuffy.