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David Neville and Marcus Wainwright

Since 2005, when Rag & Bone launched its first men's collection in the Spring (followed by Women's in the Fall), designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright have seen a career trajectory that most young designers dream of. It was clear the market was hungry for a smart, well-tailored, super wearable label; Rag & Bone filled the space, each season turning out one collection more in-demand than the last.

In the same week that saw the opening of the brand's ninth store (and its sixth in New York) on Madison Avenue, Neville and Wainwright made a quick trip to Miami to present its Spring collection at the Soho Beach House, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.

We caught up with the designers before the show to talk about being Brits in New York, surf fashion and packing for Miami.

Your brand has grown from a men's collection to a full-fledged lifestyle brand. To what do you attribute the success?
Marcus: "We don't think of ourselves in those terms, but I suppose we've never been into chasing trends and more focused on developing our own aesthetic using the best quality materials available. We've always referenced our heritage with our choice of fabrics and prints and, again influenced by our British upbringing, combined tailored silhouettes with that effortless downtown New York aesthetic so maybe it's down to us being two English guys in New York. We also spend a lot of time on things like the trims – the details of the garments are very important to us."

This weekend sees the opening of your sixth—and largest—NY store. Why was it important to make the move uptown?
David: "Madison Avenue is renowned the world over as an iconic shopping destination and we've always dreamt of opening a store there. We're very lucky to have found such a unique, beautiful space. We also have a lot of customers who live uptown and shop in our downtown stores so it's great to be closer to them."

What are some of your favorite looks for Spring?
Marcus: "SS2012 was a surf-inspired collection so I like the wetsuit silhouettes of the Scuba Skirt and Surf Dress."

Which looks from the Spring collection do you think best suit Miami?
David: "The Baja string bikini and any of our shorts and the Beach Tee for day, and the Landscape and Agathe are great cocktail dresses."

Packing for Miami, what were the first three things in your bag:
Marcus: "Camera, a Numbers Tee, and an iPhone charger."
David: " White rag & bone t-shirt, 'The Big Miss' by Hank Haney and the Clean cleanse which my wife and I are doing."

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