Street Style: A Philly Menswear Designer Shares His Style Secrets

A conversation with Commonwealth Proper designer Aaron Pierce.

Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Aaron Pierce

Where He Lives: Rittenhouse Square

Day Job: Visual director and menswear designer at Commonwealth Proper

Where We Found Him: Between brunch at the Cambridge and a latte at La Colombe in Rittenhouse

What He’s Wearing: Custom navy suit, shirt, textured wool tie, and floral pocket square, all by Commonwealth Proper. Matte green Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

Where He Shops: “I love a small footwear brand called Zuriick, based out of Salt Lake City. I enjoy Nino Brand [in Rittenhouse] for [designer/owner] Bela’s impeccable design aesthetic, US*U.S. [in Old City] for their team of talented independent designers, and the ladies at Ritual Ritual [in Northern Liberties] are consistently pushing out fresh, unique designs.”

Sound Bite: “My fashion is my well-being. I love the basics done perfectly. Clean silhouettes and minimal drape … it’s refined simplicity with an edge. This is also applied to my casual style—slim-fit customized rigid Levi’s and a white tee in the summer. Layered knitwear in the fall/winter. Muted color tones with crisp whites are [the] keys to my personal style, regardless of season or level of dress. Aside from having great proximity to other major cities, Philly has a unique culture and attitude. I’ve lived all over, from Fishtown to Rittenhouse, and I’ve always felt at home. Unique and talented people are strewn throughout this town and that’s something I’ve always loved.”