Dr. Romanelli Interview
Dr Romanelli is a name synonymous with reworking something classic and applying something unique to define it. No matter if it is vintage clothing, art, whatever the medium is the outcome is one to appreciate. Having worked with the likes of Nike, Converse, SOPHNET., Medicom Toy, each project Dr Romanelli works on is defined by the genuine individual who is dedicated and humble creates something to appreciate on many levels. I sat down with the doctor recently while the talented Clement Pascal captured the man in his office.
James Oliver: Please describe yourself...
Dr Romanelli: 6 foot 190 lbs. Born in Cali. 36 Years old. Father of 2. Dog owner. Marketer, Designer, Curator.
JO: Where do you call home and what is the best thing about where you live?
DR: Los Angeles. The Culture.
JO: What inspired you when you where younger?
DR: Traveling. Movies. Friends.
JO: Can you tell me a bit about how you managed to get into reconstructing vintage clothing?
DR: Always been fascinated with the idea of taking something apart and putting it back together. I loved collecting particular brands growing up. Decided to experiment with reconstructing some of those brands : Initially Chuck Taylors and from there journeyed into 501's and letterman jackets. Wasn't long before I became obsessed with the idea of reconstructing basically anything vintage that inspired me.
JO: How would you explain your aesthetic as a design?
DR: Reconstructed Geometry.
JO: How has your approach and aesthetic evolved over the years?
DR: I've been able to really fine tune my approach. There used to be so many moving pieces (variables) with every project. Everything is more focused now. I've developed a pretty good system that works well for me. I have a specific goal in mind with each creation and I look how to solve whats presented to me. The aesthetic is a direct translation of the process (journey).
JO: Your design work has gone beyond vintage clothing. How do you decide on what project to take on board and what other forms of design really interest you?
DR: If something intrigues my interest and i'm passionate about the project i'll usually sit with the concept (idea) for a few before deciding to take it on. I've recently begun to pay more attention to architecture and furniture. Specifically Mid-Century modern. Always appreciated that design movement but now more then ever.
JO: What inspires you on a daily basis now?
DR: My 2 little girls. My agencies new division The Pancake Epidemic. Grinding my own coffee. Photography.
JO: Can you tell me how your work space gives you the freedom to be creative?
DR: We recently expanded my agency creating a new division (TPE) which focuses strictly on content creation. The idea behind the expansion was to have a physical location fueled by the notion that anything is possible if you put yourself amongst like minded individuals in a stimulating environment. Being creative is one thing but having the team and tools to execute is another.
JO: What can we expect to see from you this fall? Anything you can tell us about?
DR: HEAD PORTER "Army Vs Navy" collection. Converse drop. Disney collection. Blankyouverymuch.com
JO: How does travel inspire you?
DR: I always bring back a slew of memories (ideas) I can tap into. I like disconnecting ( unplugging) from LA , makes me appreciate what we have here.
JO: Where is the best place you visited?
JO: And the worst?
JO: Going forward, what direction is DRx going from this point?
DR: More thought (concept) driven initiatives, less collection based programs.
JO: Finally, words to live by...
DR: Be present. We lose the power of the moment because we are so rarely in it.
Photographer - Clément Pascal