Nat Taubman is the Creative Director of men's streetwear label ZANEROBE. He spent a few minutes with us to talk about how he got started in the fashion industry, the perks and downfalls of his job, and what it takes to succeed in such a fast-paced industry.
Did you always want to become a fashion designer?
Yes, since my early teenage years, specifically menswear. My high school books were littered with scribbles and drawings of designs I would then draw on my Mum's advice how to make.
How did you get started in the fashion industry?
Upon completion of my Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design at the Whitehouse Institute, I was seeking some Industry experience with a powerful brand to get a real life grasp on the fashion game. I came on board with Zanerobe as a Junior Designer and was hungry to work my ass off and get involved in anything - from packing online sales to design projects.
What are your favourite things about your job?
I like working for a globally powerful brand like Zanerobe as it is fast paced and exciting. You can see your concepts and designs evolve from start to finish, it’s very hands on, and allows for limitless experimentation. We have a great team here at the brand which work hard and play harder.
I also love working in the men’s fashion industry as it’s a growing industry that has had monumental progression in the last 10-15years and only looking to strengthen in the future.
What are some of the downfalls?
Being the fashion industry, you are always working and forecasting well into the future, anywhere from 6 months to 18 months. This feels like it makes time/life go quicker than usual.
What does a day in the life of you look like?
I try to divide my day up into several different projects to keep the excitement & motivation high.. There are many aspects to a designers Job from designing future collections, to reviewing & managing quality control, Fabric sourcing, textile printing, Campaign creative, photoshoots etc.. Zanerobe being a boutique sized company ensure you get your hands involved in many aspects of the business.
What was the inspiration behind your current collection?
The Zanerobe collections are ever evolving as are the team behind the brand. We have a strong team based in the USA now and I look to these guys to help explore some of the more progressive trends.
Our new collection titled 'Hype Nation' exhibits the art of oversized, accenting the 'Slouch' aesthetic with hints of elongation. Refined military detailing, leather panelling and contemporary pant silhouettes are the season's manifesto.
Key styling sees classic button-down shirting and rigid jacketing paired with sport-influences shorting & knit track pants, creating a seamless blend of 'tough luxe' to echo our personal aesthetics.
What is your favourite item from the current collection?
I'd say the sleeveless hooded sweater called the 'Uppercut Sweat' is the seasons must-have piece. Its’ elongated and has a stepped hem with longer back.
What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
Explore and experiment. Be prepared to work your ass off. Ensure you are creating/presenting something that is unique or special – in a saturated market you need an edge to break through.