Fashion designer Alan Eckstein is quintessential NYC: effortless and classically quirky, the co-f0under of Timo Weiland brings a vintage spin to American streetwear through his brand — and his everyday style. We’ve been working with him for a few years now, but when we saw him rocking a pair of Adrian Tassel loafers in Coveteur, it clicked: he was the perfect person to bring our Worn Different campaign to life. Here, he styles a pair of Vintage 1460s and talks to us about what vintage means to him — and his newest upcoming project.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is the culmination of my life choices and inspirations. I get up every day excited to put on some clothes that feel like “me.” So I guess my personal style is quirky and tailored.
What are your design and fashion background?
I started a streetwear label 10 years ago called Epic Firm. Epic Firm was a great first learning experience and got my foot in the door to this industry. In 2008 I met Timo and Donna and our dialogue quickly became us launching the Timo Weiland brand. We had our first fashion show for Spring 2009. Timo Weiland was about streetwear prep as we called it. Now I have a new project in the works.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a new concept/company called “Everyone Wins.” It’s about fashion upcycling and using resources that already exist and to transition them into a product that is all about consumer connection, authenticity, and just juicy, desirable clothing.
Do you think fast fashion is still the trend or are people moving toward more quality design and construction?
Fast forward is where the mentality is currently, so it exists and its king right now. But that’s a trend and soon enough the consumer will demand and need a more personal connection. Fast fashion works and for the most part, it’s a brilliant strategized way to get good clothing into the market for an affordable price. But people will crave something more than temporary solutions. We will want something we are proud to wear that stands for craftsmanship and artistic integrity.
We know you do a lot of vintage refurbishing, what appeals to you about working on vintage pieces?
The best part about vintage clothing is seeing the old school craft that was integral in the clothing manufacturing process. Vintage clothing when it’s good, is better than anything today. I buy items from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that just had so much love and intelligence put into them. Also, so much of these eras had clothing with true individualistic qualities. I love encountering new techniques and fits to challenge myself.
What’s your favorite thing to wear with Dr. Martens?
Dr. Martens are so cool because they can go with almost everything. For the most part vintage Levi’s and 1460’s work so well.
What is the hardest part of making a garment?
The problem-solving that goes along with function. When you ask the question, ‘How can I make this garment better made, more functional and more unique’, these questions have to be answered through every step of the design.
How do you feel when you wear your 1460 boots?
I feel the quality and the technology. The air-cushioned soles are incredible and these boots are so easy and light.
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
My first pair were 1460s in classic black in high school. I wore them for 2 straight years and could probably still wear the same pair, but they are currently retired.
What excites you?
Quality and originality.