Interview & Illustration by Michael Sanderson
Within the last decade, Menswear has had a remarkable increase of new talent--
Canadian natives, Ben & Doug Burkman, discovered early on the impact a quality
Michael Sanderson: Having read about your time at Gap--
Burkman Bros.:When we created Burkman Bros., we essentially had one goal in mind:
MS: Considering your instant appeal and cult following--
BB: In five years, we still want to be doing the same types of things we’re doing now, meaning that we still want to be offering clothes that are desirable and relevant.
MS: In other media, I always hear designers describe the man or woman they're designing for as-if someone they know or think about often.
BB: The Burkman Bros. man is a guy who is confident in his style, but still wants to wear things that are comfortable and wearable on a day to day basis.
MS: There's definitely a feeling of warmth and a keen sense of hand > in your collections...Very sentimental even--
Ben: I have this amazing pair of vintage Levi’s, that I got repaired after finding them a few years back.
Doug: I have the really awesome old leather motorcycle jacket that fits me pretty much perfectly.
Tiger Shirt from their S/S 2010 collection.