Slow and Steady Wins the Race, founded in 2002, is a fashion and accessory line providing a reinterpretation of the everyday wardrobe by distilling fashion to its most indispensable and empirical elements. Trademark touches include clever construction with a humorous, quirky, and cerebral yet casual aesthetic. It is a thesaurus of clothing, accessories and other objects built on fundamentals within the fashion vocabulary, both commenting on and transcending the temporal nature of modern fashion.
With an eye towards creating signature pieces, the oeuvre serves as a living archive. Timeless and timely, unique and universal, democratic and cross-cultural, Slow and Steady Wins the Race seeks to elevate the classics to the iconic.
What kinds of things are influencing your work right now? In the studio we try to make concepts into classics. Anything that fulfills the idea of timely and timelessness, fundamentals with a twist.
The everyday, the quotidian, the quintessential, all are equally exciting when you take a second look.
What do you want a viewer to walk away with after experiencing your work? Kiki Smith has a great quote: “An idea should be like a perfume. It should permeate the air and linger.” If the viewer walks away with the message clear and simple, then that is a success. Even more, when they take the extra step to reach out and respond to us about it, that is the best compliment.
What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on? In June, we were recently invited to conceptualize the dress codes and design the clothing for the partners of the American Pavillion at the 14th Annual Venice Biennale Architecture.
If you were a drink what drink would you be? Classic Arnold Palmer.
Top 3 favorite or most visited websites and why? a) USM Haller Modular : We are constantly trying to set up the best possible workspace. USM Haller is the ultimate wishlist.
b) Printed Matter : It’s more than just books.
c) NYTIMES.com : It’s easy to fall into the deep pit of a work cave, but the NY Times brings us out of it. It’s important to know what else is happening.
What are you reading right now? Design Reseach: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes by Alexandra Lange & Jane Thompson
Favorite article of clothing? The motorcycle jacket and jean jacket, both are capturing our attention at the moment. Totally fascinating living artifacts.
Can you share one of the best reactions you have gotten as a result of your work? The best reactions are from our fans.