Planning & Inspiration
Interview with Men’s Accessories Designer Clifton Wilson of Armstrong & Wilson
To anyone who knew Clifton Wilson in high school, it comes as no surprise that he found a career in fashion. He was voted best-dressed by his senior class after all. After years of working in retail and styling at Nordstrom, Clifton had a good idea of what his customers liked to wear. At this time, he also noticed that men’s accessories lacked that one piece a guy could wear to show off his personality. In 2009, Clifton teamed up with Ontario Armstrong to start Armstrong & Wilson, a Philadelphia-based accessories brand offering pocket squares in fresh designs and bold colors. Using the tagline “It’s okay to be a square,” Armstrong & Wilson has revitalized men’s fashion with a modern sensibility and attitude that has been noticed by the likes of LeBron James, Mos Def, Carson Daly, and The Roots just to name a few.