It is definitely that time of the year when wearing layers has become essential to stay warm. I usually opt for a chunky knitted sweater or a fur lined coat to keep warm. However, my good friend and frat brother, Eric Lau, is one of the best players in the game when it comes to layering. So while I was in NYC for Thanksgiving, I decided to catch up with him to discuss fashion, his brand, and of course feature his unique style.
Depending on your style, at first glance you might have noticed the fact that Eric is wearing four layers. Or, if you’re a hat person you might have noticed that impeccable wool fedora on his head. Or, if you’re into sneakers your eyes probably immediately were drawn to those snakeskin Kobe’s on his feet. However, the piece that instantly stood out to me was the vintage leather jacket. Over the years, I have acquired several vintage leathers from various thrift stores, but I was enamored by this one in particular. Especially with all of its intricate details. They definitely don’t make jackets like this one anymore!
My sneaker head/collector days are long gone but I have to admit that Nike has been releasing a lot of covetable kicks lately. These snakeskin Kobe Elites are definitely one of my favorite releases of the year.
Leather Jacket by Vintage, Sweater by J.Crew, Jeans by Scotch and Soda, Shoes by Nike, Hat by NYC Street Vendor, Bracelets by Tatianailia
Eric is the Founder of Lau NYC and the Creative Director of Giofre’. Ironically, he graduated from Stony Brook University with degrees in Business Administration and Sociology. However, during his last semester he decided to participate in a study abroad tour to Italy. Little did he know that that decision would single-handedly propel him into the world of fashion and design. While in Italy, he met the founder of Giofre’, Gian Francesco. Gian started the brand in Florence and had plans of expanding to New York City. Therefore, after several meetings and some proper preparation, Gian and Eric decided to become business partners. Now Eric oversees all business operations in NYC and Gian maintains business and production in Italy.
When Eric isn’t busy designing for Giofre’, he helps his clients develop their personal style while working for Barney’s New York. Having this position gives him a unique advantage as a designer because he is constantly surrounded by fashion and can gain inspiration from various designers.
“I really love working for Barney’s. I am naturally a people person so developing client relationships comes easy for me. Sometimes, a client might hit me up at 2AM for my opinion on an outfit or they might just want some info on a new release, but that’s just part of the job. Especially if you want to create and maintain those professional relationships.”
I really loved the unique silhouette of this hoodie. So you could only imagine my reaction when I found out that it is actually a women’s piece from the Nike Tech Fleece Cape collection. I would have never guessed!