“Doing what one loves is never considered work.” General Knot creates limited edition neckwear and accessories that are made in the U.S.A. (designed in Bedford, NY and made in New England.) They use rare and vintage fabrics collected from around the world to offer uniquely designed and enduring products that stand the test of time.
We got to catch up with to Andrew Payne who is the Founder and Creative Director over at General Knot & Co. and asked him a few questions about work, life and who would play him in his big screen debut:
Tell us the story of how you got started?
AP: After directing design teams in NYC for years, Ann and I had built up quite a collection of vintage clothing and fabrics, which we both love to wear and draw inspiration. With that and the desire to branch out on our own, utilize the skills we’ve picked up along the way, and combine our love of design and manufacturing, we took the big leap with General Knot & Co. in Fall 2010.
What was your first job?
AP: A paperboy, at age 10. Oh, do you mean professionally? My first "real" job during and after college graduation was sweater designer at Perry Ellis, with his (the actual man, Perry Ellis) men’s wear team in NYC.
What are three words to describe your brand?
AP:Unique, Fun, Collectable
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
AP: Honestly, I am doing what I’ve wanted to do from a very young age. I began collecting fabric in grade school and just continued to art school and onward. I am a fortunate guy with few regrets.
What was your big break?
AP: Working at Perry Ellis, alongside great designers like Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Brian Bubb, and Tracey Reese. All of whom were very generous with their time (even helping me with my homework) and happy to share their expertise and make introductions on my behalf.... (The entire interview can be found on the Luminary Blog)
Thank you to our partners at Luminary for taking the time to chat!
Photo credit: Kate Bentley