A Conversation with Christian: Left Field NYC

Christian McCann's label, Left Field NYC, has been in existence in one form or another since 1998. Though it was created back then as more of a casual menswear line, he's been able to refine and develop the brand in the last fifteen years, to a place where his clothing translates well to a multitude of men who care about quality crafted clothing. He is also responsible for launching Choctaw Ridge– a high quality, hand crafted American made undergarment line.

I was able to spend the last month both wearing and appreciating these Gray Japanese Wool Flannel Tailored Chinos and wanted to share the brief chat I had with Christian about them.
Details: Chain-stitched waist band. Corozo button fly. On-seam side pockets. Buttoned back welt pockets. 100% cotton Japanese chambray pocket bags. Woven in Japan. Cut and sewn in the USA.

Starting today until next Wednesday February 6th, all of our readers can enjoy a 15% discount off the current sale at LEft Field NYC.
– Gray Japanese Wool Flannel Tailored Chinos = GRAYFMFLANNEL
– Brown Japanese Wool Flannel Tailored Chinos = BROWNFMFLANNEL

"I guess I grew up in pre-internet days and style was what you made of it, not studied."

Interview & Photography by Darian Hocking

To Christian McCann & Left Field NYC

Left Field NYC

You launched the brand as a more casual line back in 1998. What were some of the products and projects you were working on at the time?

Well I started out in 98, and the style was a little more street wear. Alife was one of my first stores in NY, and they were doing some cool instillations with different graffiti artist. It was all about limited edition sneakers, not dress boots and cordovan wingtips. I was doing a varsity take on it and was using a lot of wool felt lettering, (straight stitched so the wool would swell up from the wash), chenille letters and chain stitch embroidery done with original 50's machinery on vintage style sweat sweatshirts and heavy 18 single yarn dyed heather tees. So it was varsity on a more casual level that crossed over with the street style going on at the time.

Let's talk about this gray Japanese wool for a minute. Of course it bears all the hallmarks for Left Field NYC's construction, details and finishes. How did you come across this fabric and what possessed you to utilize it in the form of chino's?

With my background in wool felt lettering, I naturally gravitated towards this fabric. Not to mention this is a plush flannel, very thick and I love the subtle heather. It could have been a proper trouser but I wanted it more casual so you could dress it up or down.

They are so comfortable and easy to wear, either with a shirt and tie or more casually with a henley and chambray shirt. What is your primary focus when it comes to crafting trousers or chino's for the brand?

For Left Field, I prefer the brand to be utilitarian in design and let the fabric speak for the garment. Simply put, too many bells and whistles is overkill and tacky.

What do you wear these with day to day?

Personally, I would wear something on the chunkier side with these since they are so thick– but to each his own. Too many people are afraid to dress themselves for fear they are going to make some kind of fashion faux pas. I guess I grew up in pre-internet days and style was what you made of it, not studied. Men's fashion is getting a little too serious and costume like. We don't live in the 1940's or 50's but it's cool to incorporate some of that style in your overall look. Just don't end up looking like a "There will be Blood" extra.