Designer David Hart has created a new line of home goods that will help single guys evolve their sense of style.
The Severna Park native, who now lives in New York City, has joined with Thread Experiment for the first-ever bedding collection designed exclusively for men.
“These are the guys that don’t want their bedroom to look like a dorm anymore,” Hart said. “In menswear, there is a movement to looking great, having a great space. It didn’t used to be cool to talk about it. This is an opportunity to geek out about it. It’s all applying to a lifestyle.”
The two designs in the capsule collection, inspired by the American Southwest and by the spaghetti Western films of the 1970s, are the Anchor by David Hart sheet set, which comes in navy and charcoal, and the David Hart duvet/comforter, which comes in a color palate of maroon, black and beige.
The bedding collection caps off a big year for Hart, whose clothes have wound up on celebrities including Andy Samberg (while hosting the Emmys), Alan Cumming (while hosting the Tonys) and most recently Bryan Cranston (at the “Trumbo” premiere and talk show appearances).
After stints at Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, Hart launched his own line of fashion merchandise.
In 2009, he launched neckwear line David Hart & Co., and in 2013 he launched the David Hart ready-to-wear collection. In 2014, Hart became Hickey Freeman’s creative director of sportswear.
This year, Hart was named a finalist for the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue Fashion Fund Competition.
“That was an intense four months, but also an amazing experience,” Hart said. “To present my brand and my vision was just a dream come true for me. Fifteen minutes with any of those [judges], to pick their brains, is a tremendous opportunity.”
Even though Hart did not win the grand prize for that competition, he still valued the experience.
“Just going through this process and being an alumni of that competition is great,” he said. “It has opened doors to me to everyone on that panel to ask for advice.”
He was also named one of GQ magazine’s Emerging Designers of 2015. That led to his capsule collection for Gap, which was sold in 17 countries and online.
This summer, he was part of the Cadillac Capsule Collection, which was curated by fashion industry figure Nick Wooster and included pieces from the top fall-winter 2015 collections. The collection featured pieces from $59 to $2,000 and was available exclusively on Gilt.com.
He’s now at work on his new fashion collection, which he plans to unveil during New York Men’s Day in February, but he took the time to share some advice for nailing the perfect holiday party ensemble.
“There’s nothing like a great tuxedo,” said Hart. “Black tie dressing is so important now. It doesn’t have to be a classic tux. A great midnight navy is a new update to a classic black tuxedo.”
For the more “adventurous guy,” Hart recommends mixing and matching.
“You have a patterned or colorful dinner jacket and pair that with a classic black trouser, white shirt and bow tie.”
When it comes to shoes, though, classics might be the way to go.
“Those velvet slippers are great for tuxedos in black or midnight navy,” he said.
Most important, Hart said, is not to let the celebrations get too crazy.
“Don’t get sloppy at holiday parties,” he said with a laugh.