Bold prints. Vibrant hues. Sophisticated design. Jared Lang is the ultimate Miami-based menswear line that seamlessly transitions from the boardroom to the beach and beyond. Here, Ocean Drive gets to know the designer behind some of the best-dressed men in the 305.
What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion? I’ve always been the guy who’s meticulous about clothing and aware of my appearance, and that interest transitioned into a more serious focus of my life when I chose to pursue an education at La Salle Fashion School at age 19. Once I graduated, I worked for my father, who was a second-generation ladies outerwear designer.
What inspired you to launch your own line? After working alongside my father, I realized my interest in fashion lies in menswear. But before going down the path of starting my own line, I started an online advertising business. It turned out to be a way to build a strong financial background, which led to a partnership with some of my childhood friends who wanted to start a fashion label and needed business know-how. The partnership turned out to be short-lived, but it was a springboard toward the fashion industry. After a few trips to Europe, the Jared Lang Collection was born.
How would you describe the line? Modern sophistication.
We hear you’re also inspired by your travels. Where was your most recent trip? How did it inspire you? My most recent trip was to Istanbul, Turkey, where I was able to visit our factory and oversee all operations from the production side. It is one of my favorite parts of the business, but also one of the most challenging. The key to successful design is choosing prints and colors that flatter the person wearing them, but can look just as eye-catching on a mannequin in a store.
Next trip? My next trip is scheduled for September, where I will be visiting both Paris and Italy for the international fabric shows. Traveling for work always feels like vacation because I love what I do, and the change in environment gives me a huge boost in creativity. Plus, there’s all the great food, beautiful hotels, museums, galleries, and architecture. I enjoy it all.
Tell us about the new Aventura Jared Lang location. This being our first store, location was everything. We wanted consistent foot traffic. When we got the opportunity to open up shop between the ultra-iconic Tiffany & Co. and Givenchy names, it was a no-brainer. The store is also close to our headquarters, which are also in Aventura. That proximity allows me to oversee all aspects of operations – from sales to merchandising. It’s been a great learning experience. I look forward to opening additional retail locations in the future.
What is the one Jared Lang piece should every Miami man own? Any piece from the Jared Lang “After Hours” Collection. The line combines detail-driven design – from the shirts’ slim fit to their European collars and cuffs – with an edgy flair that makes them perfect for a night out in Miami, and just about anywhere else.
Father’s Day is around the corner. What piece would make the perfect gift for Dad? Every dad needs the Jared Lang swim shorts – perfect for barbecuing during the holiday with the family. Look great, feel great.