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In support of his recently launched black tie venture on thecorner.com, i-D Magazine recently caught with Kris Van Assche to talk about an integral piece that should be in every man’s wardrobe: the tuxedo. The Belgian designer – who heads up both his own label KRISVANASSCHE and Dior Homme – discussed his thoughts on creating something “exclusive” as well as finding a way to infuse his noted sportswear aesthetic into a garment not known for its athletic versatility. While choice excerpts appear below, the whole chat with Van Assche can be perused here.

Do you think a tuxedo is an essential part of a man’s wardrobe?
It really depends on the man; on some it really does look too precious. This “sportswear” version is therefore a nice alternative.

The world of black tie comes with so much dandy gear. Are you into all these things or do you find them fussy?
Again, it really depends on who we talk about. I do not have the habit of working these elements at KRISVANASSCHE where I like to think of my man as being “ruggedly” elegant, not too fussy…. This tuxedo version is really toned down.

How strictly do you follow dress codes for events?
I rarely go to events with strict dress codes. They freak me out. But when I need to, I always try to get away with the toned down version…

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