Brian was one of the twenty-one of more than fifty graduating seniors to be selected by an industry panel to showcase his thesis, SHADE + SLOUCH, at the 115th Annual Pratt Institute Fashion Show, "Under Construction," on May 1, 2014 at Center548 in New York, NY, honoring Byron Lars and Stephen Burrows.


The concept for my thesis was exploring tonal and textural changes within monochromatic looks, hat-to-toe. I incorporated sunglasses from my brother's eyewear company, CRAP Eyewear, hats from my millinery company, SHADE + SLOUCH, as well as clear plastic accessories. While each look is unique, the collection is visually unified by the accessories.

The collection is made entirely of cut-and-sew knits, leathers, and suedes. All pieces are closure-less: no buttons, snaps, hooks, or zippers. I spent the past two years perfecting the application of elastic to skins like leather and suede as I wanted my thesis to reflect my preference of dressing for comfort and style. The collection is elegant and dowdy, while still being very cool and chic.

The eight looks are a combination of basics and separates that are paired to create full, monochromatic ensembles. They reflect the juxtaposition of my childhood and adulthood; I was born in New York City and grew up on Windansea Beach in La Jolla, CA. My color palette truly reflects my childhood in La Jolla, while the clothing itself is inspired by a combination of my childhood fashion sensibilities and my later experiences living and working in New York.

- Brian Nussbaum, 2014