Pharrell Williams and Mark McNairy Discuss Bee Line for Billionaire Boys Club
Pharrell Williams has partnered with menswear designer Mark McNairy on a new street wear label, Bee Line for Billionaire Boys Club. In an exclusive shoot with GQ, the duo talks about working with each other on the highly anticipated collection.
Making the Band
Mark McNairy:”I always liked what Pharrell did with Billionaire Boys Club—it’s like preppy street wear. We started by collaborating on one shoe. We talked about doing clothes, and eventually it evolved into a full made-in-the-U.S.A. collection.”
The Line Between Street wear and Menswear
McNairy: “In my head, there is no line.”
Pharrell: “I don’t know lines. I understand the concept, but it’s just not fun to work inside a box.”
Working with Pharrell
McNairy: “I came in confident. Then I started hearing how picky Pharrell is, so I got a little nervous. We had our initial meetings and decided what the direction should be. When I took all the prototypes to Miami, he loved everything.”
Working with McNasty
Pharrell: “He’s very quirky and a quiet guy, but also funny as hell. Within all that quirkiness, he’s very confident. The man just clicks.”
Pharrell: “Mark has learned a lot along the way, but his mentality is still North Carolina. I like the way he just crashes shit together.”
McNairy: “Pharrell’s basically a southern gentleman. I bet Virginia Beach isn’t that different from Greensboro.”
The One Piece That Says It All
McNairy: “It’s definitely the gold- and silver-sleeve varsity jackets. I was in the factory and saw a metallic scrap on the floor. I ran to 35th Street, bought the leather, and bam.”
For a full look, check out the August 2012 issue of GQ.