On Monday, Scott Sternberg, the man behind the much-loved but now-defunct clothing line Band of Outsiders launched a new company: Entireworld. With a new (for him) direct-to-consumer model, he’s launched his ideal “skeleton wardrobe” for men at an accessible price point.
“I kind of needed a job, something to do,” Sternberg told Men’s Journal this week. “It’s been a while since my last one,” he laughed. (For the uninitiated, after a nine-year run at the top of the fashion industry, Band of Outsiders filed for bankruptcy protection and closed its doors in 2015; a Belgian holding company has rebooted the brand twice since then, with different design teams for each comeback.)
“In all seriousness, I’ve been conceiving this for several years, just because of an instinct and a desire to make clothes—which is something I love to do and where I have something to say,” he continued. “I had been compelled since Band of Outsiders to try my hand at something that, from a holistic perspective, felt more attainable in terms of price and fit and that was sort of purer.”
In practical terms, that means the men’s collection for Entireworld offers a lineup of t-shirts, slim button-downs, and trousers that serve as a palette cleanser for the sometimes indulgent styles other designers send down the runway today. And while the shapes are familiar, they prioritize a slightly roomier cut and use recycled and sustainable fabrics. “It’s more about easy stuff that you wear every day,” Sternberg explains. “Band of Outsiders was more about taking tailoring to the streets.”
But the new brand’s new approaches extend outside of just the pieces. Instead of abiding by the traditional calendar, Entireworld will do a variety of drops every few weeks. Come May, it will release two pairs of underwear. September and October will bring big fall releases including sweaters and a variety of shirt jackets.
“This isn’t some mom-and-pop operation,” Sternberg explained of the efficiency of the business. Fans are already getting pieces they’ve ordered in the mail. “It’s a small company and we just are starting out. This is a labor of love, just like Band of Outsiders, but this also a full-on business. I have a team and I have a third-party logistics provider who has been testing orders for the past month. The supply change and the distribution chain, all that has been what I’ve been spending time on for the past few years.”
Below, Sternberg talks us through his favorite three pieces from the launch collection.