Access is about getting to know an emerging designer in the midst of his or her climb and this week American Express provided it's cardmembers with the chance to chat with one of the industry's rising stars. Greg Chait, one of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund winners who beat out brands like Wes Gordon and SUNO to take home $300,000 and a mentorship with a leader in the fashion industry, popped by the Skybox to introduce himself to future customers.
Fun fact about Chait--he interned for the late Whitney Houston. He was in college and didn't do it for long because he realized that he'd "much rather be a fan." After interning with Houston he went on to get a job in fashion before launching his brand, The Elder Statesman, which started as a brand selling cashmere blankets.
What exactly is an Elder Statesman you ask? "It's actually a colloquialism that comes from the 17th century, in England, when the Prime Minister's son came into power, that referred to the [father] as the Elder Stateman and the [son] as the younger statesman," Chait explained to the cardholders in the American Express Skybox. "Now, the term has come to mean someone who holds a high rank in our society."