In a light-filled suite at a Lower East Side hotel, Amber Doyle and Albert Hammond Jr. are in the midst of their final fitting, flipping through a rack of kaleidoscopic suits. Days before The Strokes head to Europe for the next spree of performance dates, the pair are making the last tweaks to the veritable capsule collection of tailoring they’ve created together over the past year, all in preparation for the iconic band’s global comeback tour. “I started to realize that what I like wearing on the street often has zero impact on stage,” Hammond Jr. says of the decision behind teaming up with Doyle, a bespoke tailor whose razor-sharp silhouettes have made her a favorite among New York’s music scene, having collaborated with bands like Chain and The Gang and DJ Kristine Barilli.
As the duo thumb through zippered pants, drapey button-downs that Doyle reimagined from archival images of The Clash, and vintage shirts, they call out some of their wide-ranging inspirations. These span from Hammond Jr.’s experience in MotoGP racing, the “sex appeal” of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, and designer Freddie Burretti’s work with David Bowie. Indeed, Doyle counts Burretti as one of her strongest personal influences. “He made all of the most iconic suits for David Bowie, the yellow suit, the ‘Life on Mars?’ mint green suit, and most of his stage clothing from 1974 to the early ’80s,” she notes. “I would always see these images growing up, then I found this person behind the artist who’s just so brilliant and really pushed the line.”
As Hammond Jr.’s wife Justyna and dog Violet lounge nearby on a sofa, the finer details are under examination. “That stripe kept me up at night,” Doyle says of the hand-stitched grosgrain ribbon that runs shoulder-to-ankle down a black three-piece “racing suit,” comprised of Holland & Sherry fabric and earmarked for his Open’er Festival performance in Poland. “After being suited by Amber, I’m excited for all my shows—but playing Poland is exciting because Justyna is Polish, so I get to see my extended family, and she gets to see me in play in her country,” says Hammond Jr. It was, in fact, Justyna—a creative director that Doyle knew through friends—who first connected the pair last spring. “Albert really wanted a suit; he’s been talking about it basically since we met,” she remembers. “He tried different companies to do custom but it never felt right, and I was like: ‘You should ask Amber, she makes suits all the time for people, you should talk.’”