Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen was launched in 2009. And since then, the designer's been putting out affordable, stylish goods with an aesthetic that any guy could get into. The term "classics with a twist" is all but overused as of late, but to say that his designs don't embody the term would be untrue. What Cohen really excels at is the balance between what's fashionable and what's wearable. We caught up with the West Coast designer to talk off-duty style, sweatpants and March Madness.
Lounge pants, $140
Knit pique blazer, $198
Fortunately, I'm always off-duty since I don't have a dress code at the office, so I usually keep it pretty simple. What I love about my spring collection are the simple items that are punched up a bit, like chinos in interesting colors or the knit pique blazers, which can be dressed down and paired with more casual items.
It's just a matter of fit and fabric. Sweatpants can be as polished as any other pant—well, almost—if those two factors are right. Pair them with any kind of shirt you want and keep it untucked. Mind you, these aren't exactly the sweatpants you'll go to gym in, but they'll definitely be comfortable.
French terry sweater, $128
I do love the game. If I wasn't in the clothing business, I'd be in basketball somehow. I play as much as I can and I'm a lifelong Lakers fan. I finally caved and got the NBA League Pass this year so I watch as much as I can too—much to the chagrin of my girlfriend. I'm rooting for Kentucky this year. Finally get the monkey off Coach Cal's back. Plus, we haven't seen Ashley Judd in a while.