Daniel Gregory Natale is a New York-based fashion designer. His work is heavily influenced by the Brutalist architecture movement and the re-build of post World War II Berlin.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I am a designer who recently finished my first collection.
How has living in New York affected your work? I guess living in New York has made the resources I need to execute a collection more easily accessible. Anything you need can be found in New York.
What kinds of things are influencing your work right now? Anything can influence me really. I tend to think of things on a more bract level.
What is your absolute favorite place in the city to be? My favorite places in the city are mostly really touristy areas like Central Park and the Highline Park. I love them, New Yorkers hate them, but I just feel like they’re touristy because they’re such amazing places. I could give a shit about tourists anyway, they don’t bother me.
What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on? I’m currently working on the Daniel Gregory Natale installation space that will be in Selfridges, London. Plug – Eastern gallery, outside of Chanel.
Where do you plan to travel next? Next trip is to London. Selfridges.
What was your first paying job? My first job was making orange juice at a grocery store in Toronto when I was in high school.
What do you collect? I don’t collect anything. I’m boring.
Describe your current studio or workspace. My studio is a little room with a table and some machines to make prototypes. Nothing special. Gets the job done.
How long have you lived in New York and what brought you there? I’ve lived in New York for five years now. I came for Parsons.
What do you want a viewer to walk away with after experiencing your work? I don’t really know I’ve never thought about it. I just want them to enjoy the clothes and be happy to wear them. Isn’t that what any designer wants?
What were you like in high school? In high school I was a little shit head. you could say I was constantly getting distracted by my wondrous mind.
Favorite place to shop? Selfridges.
Can you share one of the best or worst reactions you have gotten as a result of your work? I think for the most part people are interested in the conceptual aspect of the clothes. I got four pages in a big Numéro editorial once. That was pretty cool. Bad reactions — there is always that stylist that wants to see it in person but then ends up not liking it. Shit happens, not everyone is going to like what you do, it’s not a big deal.