After a frustrating attempt to find the perfect shirt—a comfortable fabric and fit, as well as fine detail—New York-based designer Alexander Drexler applied 10 years of apparel production experience and launched his own label, Alex Mill, in 2012.

The label’s signature approach boats an understated, relaxed attitude through basic, well-made clothing. Drexler’s mission is to create a well-crafted assortment of classic wardrobe essentials for every guy to have a perfect uniform…the woven shirt, the blazer, vest and t-shirt. His line includes staples for both men and boys because good style starts young, like father, like son.

Drexler’s inspiration is drawn from New York City’s energy and vibrant urban surroundings—chaotic taxi rides, jammed packed subway commutes and bustling downtown restaurants. Here, he talks Andy Warhol and childhood red suspenders.

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Describe your style in three words.
Simple.  Utilitarian.  Casual.

Who had the biggest influence on your style?
Andy Warhol always had a unique way of putting together outfits and he is a purveyor of style.

If you could wear one piece of clothing from your childhood, what would it be?
My parents used to dress me in red suspenders sometimes when I was very young and it would be great to rock the same ones today. They bring back a lot of memories.

Name a celebrity whose style you admire.
Bruce Weber wears cool glasses, bandanas and he has a great way of putting everything together in a cool way.

What are three pieces that every man should have in his closet?
5 pocket jeans, a white t-shirt and a white woven shirt.

What stores and websites do you frequent?
45rpm, Comme De Garçon.

What’s one thing that is always worth splurging on?
A Dries Van Noten Suit. In terms of suiting, Dries Van Noten makes timeless suits you can always own.

What trend would you like to see disappear?
There isn’t one!

What is one thing guys can do to improve their style?
Wear more navy.

When you want to make a good impression, what should you wear?
A blazer is always good!

Join thousands of men and women who are dressing up for a good cause. Go formal with Made Man and Career Gear on Friday, October 9th to help empower men in need with resources, training and suits they can use to rejoin the workforce. Because for every photo posted to Instagram or Twitter and tagged #FormalFriday, we’ll donate a dollar to Career Gear. Learn more at mademan.com/formal-friday.