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G FORCE | DANIEL SILVER

They won’t be shoehorned

Steven Cox (left) and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown. The pair will make stops at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston and at the Tannery in Cambridge today. Steven Cox (left) and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown. The pair will make stops at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston and at the Tannery in Cambridge today. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Weyco Group)
By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / October 1, 2009

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Since founding their label Duckie Brown in 2001, Daniel Silver and Steven Cox have seldom followed the conventions of male fashion. Theirs is one of the rare men’s labels to stage a runway show in the Bryant Park tents each season, and they favor bold colors and unusual silhouettes. Silver and Cox are in Boston today continuing their unorthodox path: celebrating a collaboration with Florsheim shoes. From 2 to 4 p.m. they’ll be partying at Saks Fifth Avenue. From 6 to 8 p.m. the revelry continues at the Tannery in Harvard Square. Both events are open to the public. We caught up with Silver to chat about the new shoe partnership.

Q. You’re coming here to promote your collaboration with Florsheim. Isn’t that the store at the mall that sells shoes for my dad?

A. Yes it is. So you must have a dad who’s over 80?

Q. So how did you guys get mixed up with Florsheim?

A. We made over a high school student for his prom. He didn’t have any dress shoes, and we had a pair of Florsheim shoes from a couple of seasons back that worked with his look. The Florsheim people read a story about it, and contacted us. We developed a relationship with the Florsheim brothers. They think we’re wacky, and I’m telling them, ‘We’re not the ones who are wacky; we live in New York. You’re stuck in Milwaukee.’

Q. Your fall/winter collection featured a lot of really big pompom hats.

A. We did them all by hand. Do you know how long it takes to make one of those pompoms? Forever!

Q. Do you predict a rash of giant pompom hats on the street this winter?

A. C’mon. Stop being so American. It’s a show! If I was a European designer, you would never ask me that question.

Q. Trust me, I would still ask you that question.

A. I think there’s a double standard. American designers are judged on one thing, which is, is it sellable? European designers are judged by their creativity.

Q. Let’s talk men’s fall fashion. What’s the biggest mistake you tend to see?

A. They wear clothing that’s too big, and I don’t know what that is. I think they feel like if they don’t have a perfect body, they’re supposed to wear bigger clothing to cover it up.

Q. What do you think are good investment pieces for guys this fall?

A. I think a great motorcycle jacket or a two-button blazer in black or dark gray is great. You need a couple of flannel trousers, a great pair of jeans, and a white shirt. Other than that, wear T-shirts.

Q. I think you forgot an essential piece on your list. You didn’t mention the giant pompom hat.

A. Good call. It’s the most essential of all.