Once again, New York saw some great store openings last month. One was the opening of Jason Scott’s first-ever retail store at 48 8th Avenue in the West Village. The NYC flagship store features the latest releases from the SS16 collection, including Frame Denim, Garrett Leigh Sunglasses and selected magazines. The store is open seven days a week and offers shoppers the opportunity to schedule private styling appointments. Currently the menswear label is stocked in 5 Saks locations, 2 Bloomingdales locations as well as about 15 boutiques throughout the US. Here, Jason Mandler, Designer of Jason Scott talks about his plans in retail and womenswear and explains why he has started his own label.

Jason Scott's first NY store
© Jason Scott
Jason Scott's first NY store

You recently opened your first store in New York. Do you have further plans to expand your store?

Yes, we are going to get settled into this store but by year’s end we will be looking for a second and third location. The goal is steady growth in cities that make sense for the brand.

Why did you start your own label? Given that you have no fashion background, what was your motivation?

I started Jason Scott about three years ago because I really couldn’t find anything in the menswear market that I really liked. I would spend hours in stores looking at garments, fabrics and in the back of my mind I was always planning my own line. At the time, I just didn’t know it. My motivation to start the brand was to follow my passion, something inside of me was telling me this is what I was meant to do.

What is the look and feel of the label?

The look and feel is sophisticated comfort. I was inspired by the idea that a man can feel confident in a well-tailored suit – I took that and translated it into casual wear. Everything in the collection is tailored in a way to have a more sophisticated feel, so when you are wearing a t-shirt and jeans you don’t feel underdressed.

And what distinguishes Jason Scott from other labels? What's your unique selling point?

Our fabrics allow us to stand out. We wash, dye, treat them in ways no one else does. Our meticulous attention to details – details that most people overlook – allows Jason Scott to stand out. Some of these details might not be noticed by the customer but we still put the time and energy into those details because they make the garment better.



Until now, Jason Scott has offered a full range of men’s ready-to-wear garments. Are there plans for a women’s collection in the near future, too?

We are working on womens as we speak, hoping to have a small capsule collection available later in the year. I started Jason Scott about three years ago because I really couldn’t find anything in the menswear market that I really liked.  I would spend hours in stores looking at garments, fabrics and in the back of my mind I was always planning my own line. At the time, I just didn’t know it. My motivation to start the brand was to follow my passion, something inside of me was telling me this is what I was meant to do.

What is the look and feel of the label?

The look and feel is sophisticated comfort.  I was inspired by the idea that a man can feel confident in a well-tailored suit – I took that and translated it into casual wear.  Everything in the collection is tailored in a way to have a more sophisticated feel, so when you are wearing a t-shirt and jeans you don’t feel underdressed.
Jason Scott Spring/Summer Collection 2016
© Jason Scott
Jason Scott Spring/Summer Collection 2016

And what distinguishes Jason Scott from other labels? What's your unique selling point?

Our fabrics allow us to stand out.  We wash, dye, treat them in ways no one else does.  Our meticulous attention to details – details that most people overlook – allow Jason Scott to stand out.  Some of these details might not be noticed by the customer but we still put the time and energy into those details because they make the garment better.

Until now, Jason Scott has offered a full range of men’s ready-to-wear garments. Are there plans for a women’s collection in the near future, too?

We are working on womens as we speak, hoping to have a small capsule collection available later in the year.