Karlo Steel founded cult New York boutique Atelier with partner Constantin von Haeften in 2002. A San Francisco resident throughout the ’90s, this New Orleans native honed his natural eye for acquiring and styling through various retail and stylist freelance gigs. He now dedicates his time to maintaining Atelier’s perennially perfect stock, while sharing business management duties.
What’s hot right now?
Discovering cities that are off the beaten path but still pack a punch in terms of culture. If you live in a metropolis like New York, visiting a small to medium sized city can be really refreshing. Places like Vienna, Helsinki or Munich have much to offer in terms of art, architecture and culture, but without masses of people. And they are not frozen museums—they offer all the choices and conveniences that one would expect from any modern city. In this age of cheap air travel, it’s a challenge to find a place of interest where one can move around with ease and not be bombarded with souvenir shops. If you know where to look, you’d be surprised by how rewarding a place that isn’t one of the “Top 10 Places You Should See” list can be.
What are your favorite menswear trends at the moment?
I’m really attracted to volume, fluidity and movement in men’s fashion. I find it very refreshing. And, to me at least, it seems to be the only logical place to go after over a decade of skinny strictness.
What brands should we look out for in the fall?
I loved the elegance of the spring/summer ’11 Dior Homme collection and am very excited by Haider Ackermann’s menswear debut. Naturally, both will be available at Atelier!