Of course, sometimes there’s a vast chasm between runway and reality. Thus, in January, Smith is launching Mister Smith, a diffusion line; a month later he’ll also introduce a ready-to-wear collection under the J Smith Esquire label. Though he bills those offerings as more wearable, they still steer clear of run-of-the-mill or normal.
“Each hat has a character,” Smith says. “It’s a complete mixture of different things—like me. I’m a real traditionalist and a bit of a dandy, but I’ve also got the funny ears and the big tattoos.”