During the pandemic, Greg Chait and his team The Elder Statesman cultivated real vibes. They have visited townships, visited deserts, and toured Los Angeles to spend time with friends and collaborators. Their approach is one of slow fashion, constantly growing, changing rather than shocking, and never compromising their relaxed and healthy mind. So let this be a bell for the WFH style that even this totally vibrant knitwear brand is ready to release.
For Spring 2022, Chait continues its experimentation with knits in the form of radical tie-dye intarsias and spongy cotton hand-knits, adding knee-high socks, garter belts and small bra tops. A hand-woven semi-sheer pink rosette tank top and green ‘chenille’ colored pants seem intended for a new generation of aging customers from Instagram knitwear brands who have often adopted The Elder Statesman style and are now looking for versions. luxury of their sexiest little things. Photographed at night at Moonlight Riders, a So-Cal body shop that details cars in Japanese kaido style, the collection had a drastically changed energy and lots of Hot Girl Summer looks. (And also a Hot Dude Summer; the older guy is called Two Tom and is just a little “around.”)
On Zoom, Chait explained that working with Moonlight Riders, a family-owned auto body shop, was inspired by the many new family knitwear vendors that TES started working with in 2021. Expansion is rare for this team, because trusts others with their precious knits, but rather than just outsource, Chait and co. really collaborate with these artisans. An unexpected and beautiful result is a new stitch where jacquard flowers are intarsia’ed into a knit. It’s bubbly and gnarly and smarter than many other staple knits vying for place in your re-emergence wardrobe. Just another example of how The Elder Statesman managed to imbue a sexy collection with a smart edge.