The designer Jonathan Meizler of Tile of Work invited H.P.F, Christopher to his design studio in New York City for more insight on the 5 Senses collection at exhibiting at the boutique November 19th - December 5th. Please join us at 98 Christopher Street in the West Village from 5pm - 7pm this Saturday, November 21st for an exhibition party with the designer, Jonathan Meizler, in presence.
Title of Work collections often engage with the senses. For example, your Spring 2012 collection included sterling silver tie accents with your own fingerprint stamp. What led you to delve deeper into the five senses?
As a tactile and visceral individual, the idea of creating a collection focusing on the senses intrigued me. The explorative process of dissecting and reconstructing each sense was a challenging exercise. I feel like I have scratched the surface. I look forward to continuing this journey in my following collections.
I now use my fingerprint amulet as a sign-off, and you will find it on the back of each tie.
How do you encourage the Title of Work man or woman to think differently about sensory perception through the “5 Senses” collection?
It’s not so much as to think differently, but rather to explore my take on the five senses and how they relate to art and fashion.
I explore both technique and treatment—from hand embroidery to the use of ostrich feathers. I offer my own interpretation. It’s left to the individual to take the journey with me.
The philosophical discourse of perception has a long history from the allegory of Plato’s Cave to Nietzsche. How do you interpret the idea of perception?
It’s completely individualized, and the beauty lies in the fact that my idea of perception differs greatly from others. The space between the two is what holds my interest.
How did your collaboration with the Florentine artist Stefano Galli for the Title of Work pocket squares come about for the “5 Senses” collection? What specifically drew you to his work?
I was captivated by Stefano’s work while walking by the Academie of Art in Florence. I came upon his charcoal portrait in half shadow. There was a mystery of darkness and humor that immediately drew me in. I gave the docent my card, and Stefano contacted me the following day. We discussed a potential collaboration. I love the moodiness in his work, and the playfulness. It’s a pristine balance of light, depth, ambiguity, and sensuality.
Title of Work often blurs the line between couture product and artwork. How do you reconcile the roles of a fashion designer versus an artist? Is there a difference to you?
There is truthfully little difference for me as I draw upon the same faculties for design and creation. Though, as an artist, I am not confined to the body. The product stands on its own rather than having to regulate fit and structure.
As Title of Work expands from neckties to jewelry, what do you envision the brand for the future?
I am working on a bag collection, which will hopefully come to fruition sometime next year. I am also working on a fragrance collection.
November 17th, 2015