When Peter Trainor founded his line Max ‘n Chester in 2012, his goal was to make the kind of men’s clothing worth investing in for the long-haul—and he had a few key ideas of how to do that. High-quality, Japanese fabrics? Check. Classic, deconstructed tailoring? For sure. Extended sizing for just the right fit? Always. Which all makes sense, considering Peter descended from a long line of English tailors and apparel manufacturers. After his crinkly oxfords, terry tees, and cotton blazers took off, he brought on Anne Marie Maniego in 2014 to head up a new, womenswear side of things. “The great part about working together is that we almost read each other’s minds. It doesn't take us long to put a mood board together,” says Anne Marie, who cut her teeth at Gap and Calvin Klein.
Fittingly (har), Anne Marie’s designs nail that whole relaxed menswear tailoring thing, but for ladies, delivering loosened-up twists like peplum box ruffles and striped button placards. As she says, “When I started the Max ‘n Chester women's line, I really wanted to combine these beautiful Japanese textiles with a playful European aesthetic.” Which should encourage you to have fun with it, too. —tess falotico