Matthew Kisly was born in New York City and grew up in Martha’s Vineyard. He is design assistant at Calvin Klein Collection, where he works directly under Italo Zucchelli. Besides his boss, he counts Helmut Lang, Raf Simons, and Kostas Murkudis as his favorite designers. A few of the things that inspire him are issues of Vogue Hommes International from the 90′s and early 2000′s, artists Nick Knight and Robert Mapplethorpe, architect David Chipperfield, and the Pet Shop Boys. For the years that I’ve known him, he’s always shown a level of restraint and dedication to his style, which can be better described as discipline: in carefully curating a wardrobe of archival pieces from only his very admired designers, and immersion in media and a lifestyle akin to those artists’ principles. Matthew has quite the enviable wardrobe of vintage Helmut Lang—cutouts and reflective panels, acid splashes and lace-butt pants—and wears the craziness with such calm.