What Josh Peskowitz, the Owner of Menswear Mecca Magasin, Wears to Work
This week we're talking to Josh Peskowitz, the New York fashion expert who recently opened a cult-loved menswear store in Los Angeles, called Magasin. Peskowitz travels the world for his job so he's a fan of unstructured tailoring and loose fits made interesting with trippy prints, colors, textures. The man also layers like a champion.
"My style has definitely gotten a little bit looser and more relaxed since I moved to LA. I still wear a fair amount of tailored clothing but I’m not wearing as many suits, more tailored jackets, and when I am wearing a full suit I’m wearing it in more of a casual manner than maybe I used to. Like with Common Projects sneakers or Birkenstock clogs instead of dress shoes. I definitely don’t wear as many dress shoes as I did in New York.
This suit is something I made with Mr. Yasuto Kamoshita of Camoshita for a project I did with Glenfiddich. The Black Watch is a nod to Glenfiddich’s Scottish heritage, and it has these big peak lapels which are a bit showy, but the patch pockets, which are signature to Camoshita jackets, and the cropped, drawstring pants feel very modern and casual. It’s just an easy suit, something that I can wear while traveling or in LA. I wear these pants on their own a lot as well."
"I’ve been trained over the years to go to offices; owning Magasin is the first time I’ve ever truly just worked for myself. The idea of going someplace to go to work is still sort of important to me. Whether I’m just in my home office or coming to the store, I like to feel that sense of separation between work and personal life.
There are certain things I’ve been wearing since I was a teenager and fatigues and camouflage clothing is one of them. Back then, my friends and I would just go to the Army Navy store. Now I’m lucky enough to wear the labels I coveted as a kid. These Wooster + Lardini pants are based on Korean military trousers. You can wear them to work because they’re a bit more tailored, with a cuffed hem and no cargo pockets to speak of."
"Because I travel a lot to Asia and Europe, and between New York and LA, my work wardrobe is a hybrid of all of those places in a way. This old Dries Van Noten paisley sweater is a little bit trippy, which feels right for LA (although I bought it years ago). The shorter, more relaxed pants and Birks do too. I’ve been wearing my tailored pants a bit shorter, because it’s warm here all the time.
Fitted baseball caps have always been a part of my wardrobe. I was raised in Brooklyn and in Washington D.C. so my style will always feel a little bit East coast.
And then this coat, which I created with E. Tauz for the Glenfiddich project, is something that feels casual, but I can dress up a bit when I'm in Italy. I dress more formally in Florence and Milan than in New York or LA. I think the last time I wore a tie was over there.
Basically, when I put all of these difference pieces and influences together, I can go anywhere and always feel appropriate and like myself."
"Magasin is based on an elevated sensibility that could be looked at as a new interpretation of “business casual”. We do unstructured tailoring and suits that have some personality. The business suit, as we have understood it in the past, is a uniform. It is an instrument for fitting in. Most men, if you ask them about politics, music, food, or cars, they will have an opinion, they will project confidence and individuality. And yet, when it comes to the clothes, it’s like “what do I wear to fit in”. I think we remedy that disconnect at Magasin.
Clothing is a powerful instrument for showing who you are and being able to convey a message when you walk into a room. Women know this and I think some men have rediscovered it. This conformity when it comes to clothes was really a Reagan-era construct. We don’t even need to go as far back as the Fred Astaire era. You just need to go to the ‘70s. Men were stepping out. Men were out there flossin’. Orange suits, leisure suits, platform shoes, big-ass lapels, paisley shirts, chains, chest hair. Guys were doing it. That was how you attracted women, and how you showed your masculinity."
"I’ve definitely been wearing denim a lot more since I moved to LA. Denim was against the dress code of my last job [as Men’s Fashion Director of Bloomingdale’s]. Not that I totally followed the letter of the law there or anything, but I didn’t wear denim to work until Magasin and LA happened. We did a project with Levi’s when we first got here and it ignited denim for me again.
I’ll occasionally wear a Canadian tuxedo but most of the time, it’s just one denim jacket, shirt, or pair of pants worn with dressier items. That’s how we encourage guys to wear denim when they come into the store, and that’s what makes it work for the office. If you’re a t-shirt and jeans guy, and you have to go to an office where being a t-shirt and jeans guy isn’t acceptable, you just add a really well-fitting, unstructured jacket and suddenly you’re good to go. It’s all about that mix."