Currently I live in Malibu, California, but I grew up mostly in
Paradise Valley, Arizona. Tell us about where the name The Elder Statesman comes from?
It’s in honor of my late brother, Paul Chait. He was known among friends as the
Mayor, so the name fit perfectly. “Elder statesman” is a colloquialism that refers
to someone who holds a high rank within society but is also generally revered
by all. That was my brother and that spirit transcends through the line. What makes right now an exciting moment to be a designer working in fashion?
There is no status quo at the moment. There’s a certain openness
to people with a very strong viewpoint. Describe your mood lately…
Optimistic. Currently you’re working on…
Everything at once. It’s pretty wild what’s going on over here. Check back regularly for more on our CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund partnership and explore the CFDA winners’ first visit to the J.Crew offices here.