“We were making our third album, English Graffiti, and I was obsessed with getting the right outfit,” says Freddie Cowan, The Vaccines’ lead guitarist and founder of menswear brand Basic Rights, when remembering his decision to start making clothes. “I knew that when I had it, I would be able to stop thinking about my style and be able to commit my mind to playing the guitar and making music. So I thought the best thing to do was to start my own label.”
Many of us will admit to going too far in the name of obtaining covetable menswear. But starting your own fashion brand? Well, that’s a whole new level of dedication. However, this is not yet another celebrity vanity project. No, Basic Rights has a far more meaningful mission statement at its core. Read more at Esquire.