Want to look like Justin Timberlake? How about just dress like him? The singer/actor is going to make it easy for you by debuting his own clothing line this fall.
Timberlake's calling the line William Rast, a name patched together from the first name of his grandfather and the last name of the grandfather of his best friend and business partner Trace Ayala (their other partner is Danny Guez, who worked on Eve's Fetish and Bow Wow's Shago apparel lines).
Stylewise, the clothing is described as a little bit country and a little bit Hollywood, combining down-home Tennessee touches with upscale prices. While the line is actually designed by Juan Cervantes, Timberlake had a lot of input, drawing inspiration from his faves Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford of Gucci. The singer also acted as the fit model for the men's clothes, Timberlake's fashion rep said.
So far, William Rast is a 60-piece line that focuses on jeans, T-shirts, polo shirts, cashmere sweaters, corduroy blazers and outerwear. The women's jeans come in three fits, the men's in four, with two fabrications and three washes. The women's jeans have metal-trimmed wooden buttons, the men's have leather buttons, and both have drop pockets with a "W" logo on the back pockets. Other touches include yarn-embroidered logos and wide-contrast stitching.
Timberlake and team are rolling out the gear to buyers next week, so that they can stock it in Bloomingdale's and high-end boutiques such as Fred Segal, Kitson and Atrium starting November 3 (they've already snagged the coveted window spot in Bloomie's for the launch). If all goes well, they hope to expand the line, adding headwear, intimate apparel and men's suits in the next year or so. And if things go really well, they'd like to open their own stores, starting in Memphis and Millington, Tennessee, where Timberlake grew up.