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A talk with CLA$$ICAL’s founder Zach Barrett


CLA$$ICAL was most definitely out of the blue. I started doing this around August of 2016 when I teased a design on Twitter and it got lots of exposure. I didn’t end up releasing it until December. I wanted to create something affordable yet hard to find.

How did you develop your interest in fashion design?

I’ve always had an interest in fashion since a young age but never had the money or time to create my own brand until late 2016. Once I saw my opportunity to start, I didn’t hesitate.

What is your philosophy about the ART of fashion?

I’m not entirely sure how I want to answer this question but I want to revolve it around individualism and not being a slave to brands. I’m so sick of seeing the same shit on different people.

What does Cla$$ical mean to you?

CLA$$ICAL means a lot to me. It’s not only a brand that everyone can wear, it’s a personal accomplishment of mine to be successful in the right ways.

Which fashion designer(s) inspire you the most?

Honestly not many designers influence me. I try to stick within my own brain but still think outside the normal trend. I guess it’s a weird way of thinking but it seems to work the way I want.

Can you describe your style?

I consider it street but with comfort. If it feels and looks good, I’ll wear it. Sometimes I see myself falling into certain trends which gets on my nerves a bit but for the most part I try to keep my style unique.

Who is your dream client?

That’s a hard one. Whoever seems most influential at the time? Right now I would have to say Carti or Ian Connor. I know that sounds like a generic answer but you cannot deny their influence on the youth.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to get as far as I possibly can with fashion. My main goal is to collaborate with as many local artists as possible. I don’t want to make it anywhere by myself, I want to bring Detroit with me.

How do you stay up to date regarding fashion?

I’m just always on the internet. Although I barely tweet I’m always lurking on Twitter for new pieces. Honestly I’m probably a little behind when it comes to what’s “trending” but I’m okay with that.

How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

It’s clear that trends go in cycles. If we saw it being worn before, we will see it again.

What kind of person do you think is most attracted to your clothing line?

I attract a lot of customers that are intrigued by “hype-beast culture”. I can can’t complain, I love the exposure it gives my brand when people that love style wear my clothing.

What creative direction goes into the design of your line?

I like original art on my clothing. If it’s not made by me or a close friend it won’t be going on a piece of mine.

Do you have a reoccurring theme in your clothing?

Not at all. If I create something I like I’ll produce it. Being able to appeal to everyone.

Taylor Dall is the Owner & CEO of EMCEE and the Co-Owner and Director of A&R of DallRae Music, a licensing placement company.

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