Is he a customizer? A tailor? Not quite… To truly understand the concept behind DRx Romanelli, you have to delve deeper into the process and the fact that it is part archeological dig, where histories of brands and/or individuals come to life. It is also one of design, where piecing together something old with something becomes an art form in itself. And then there is the “mad scientist” Darren Romanelli, who made the transformation from a mere hoarder/collector to a curator of sort.
Ahead of the recent opening of Stussy Taipei, Freshness was fortunate enough to chat with the “Doc” himself on the creation of DRx Romanelli, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. More importantly, we spoke about his new Stussy project, where he spent nearly a year combing through the label’s archive for relevant designs. And while it is difficult to conjure a simple answer for the question of “what or who is DRx Romanelli?”. It might be easier to picture him as the Indiana Jones of the rag trade, sans the whip and fedora. Here is our conversation with Darren Romanelli, the mastermind behind it all.
- Production & Interview by: Yu-Ming Wu / Intro: Poe Hwang