10 Things Moose Knuckles Artistic Director Carlos Nazario Can’t Live Without – CB

When Carlos Nazario joined Moose knuckles As global artistic director, he set out to make the Canadian brand more than just cold-weather outerwear. After many years working in the fashion industry as an editor, celebrity stylist and creative consultant, the native New Yorker has a modern view of the retail landscape: Brands can no longer simply offer products and services, he says. “A brand must be aligned with the cultural and social values ​​of the people it is trying to target,” he says. “You can’t just have nice coats, it has to be more than that.” And his vision for the brand encapsulates this idea: taking Moose Knuckles’ core values ​​of Canada and the outdoors and exaggerating the relationship between them and the urban dwellers who make up a large portion of his audience. “Being from New York, I really spend a lot of time outdoors,” he says. “New York is a very socially active city: you are always going somewhere or doing something and you wear your winter coat at least five months a year. “It’s the only thing most people will see about your outfit.”

Last fall, Nazario was also part of a panel that awarded a grant to three artists in the Canadian rap and hip-hop community through the Moose Knuckles Heatmakers program in collaboration with the Prism Prize, administered by the Academy of Motion Picture and Television Arts. Canada. . The grant offered these artists up to $35,000 in funding to support the production of high-quality music video content. To help decide who the winners will be, Nazario says it was important to choose artists who might not be able to make their art any other way. “There are a lot of really talented people in all mediums, whether it’s music, fashion or art, who just need a little resources or exposure, but the talent is there; The vision is there.”

As for his own vision, we asked Nazario about 10 things he can’t live without, whether they help him stay inspired or get through his often busy jet-setting schedule.

What is contemporary now?

Nazario says his favorite episode of this podcast is when host Christopher Michael interviewed Canadian-New Zealand fashion journalist Tim Blanks. “I think his involvement in fashion history is underrated,” Nazario says. “And I really like learning about those unsung heroes and the people who make things happen behind the name of the boldest face.”

The What's Contemporary Now podcast logo with title in white text on a blue-toned streaming test card.

The little Prince

Nazario’s favorite rereading is The little Prince, the short novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which he has read about 20 times since he started reading it as a child. He says that as he grows up, he gets a new perspective on the story every time. “He is really powerful,” he says. “The simplicity of the message is something that has always been useful to me in my life.”

The cover of The Little Prince shows a boy standing on the moon.

Your phone

As someone with a busy schedule, Nazario can’t do what he does without his phone. “The number of times I check Google Calendar every hour is crazy,” he says.

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friend of time

Aside from Google Calendar, Nazario’s must-have app is Time Buddy, which is simple but does its job very well: showing you what time it is around the world. “It’s hard to explain,” he says. “It’s very useful when you think, ‘Oh, someone is asking me for a meeting at 9 pm Japan time.’ What time will that be in New York? But also what time will it be in Los Angeles?’”

the Time Buddy app logo showing a blue-toned clock face with numbered time zones fading into the background


Despite traveling all over the world, Nazario says he always feels better when he travels somewhere with really beautiful beaches. “My family is from Puerto Rico, so the Caribbean always feels good.” He says that he loves Jamaica, that he frequents a lot, but that he wouldn’t dare visit his favorite beach: “Then everyone will go!”

A hilltop view of the coast of Jamaica

Your Element Hoodie

When it comes to clothing, the one piece Nazario can’t live without is a black Element hoodie he bought when he was a teenager. Even though he now has tattered fists and paint splatters (from when he painted his first apartment), he says it comforts him and feels at home. “I lose a lot of things: I’ve lost shoes and clothes, even entire suits,” he says. “This is the only piece of clothing that has truly followed me throughout my journey.”

A black hoodie with the Element logo in red.  The logo features a simplified tree icon with circles around it.

Red Bull without sugar

Chronically over-scheduled and well-travelled, Nazario turns to energy drinks to stay at his best, whether directing a photo shoot or stuck in a meeting that’s dragged on. “When you need that little jolt, Red Bull just works faster than coffee.”

a can of red bull without sugar

Diana Lawson

Nazario says he is really drawn to art that reflects or comments on contemporary life. He and his partner primarily collect contemporary black art, and his most recent acquisition (and current favorite of his) is a print (not shown here) by photographer Deana Lawson. “The simplicity of her practice and the complexity of the emotion that each image portrays with very small gestures: her work is at the same time really calming and disturbing,” he says.

a self-portrait of artist Deana Lawson standing in a garden behind an antique camera on a tripod.  Her hand is blurred from waving when she took the photo.


For Nazario, Beyoncé is everything. He says watching the Renaissance World Tour blew him away, not only because of the sheer spectacle of the show, but also because of all the hard work, passion and sacrifice that went into putting it together. “That level of excellence is very inspiring to me at this stage of my life,” he says. “It was incredible to witness the culmination of someone’s passion into this truly incredible work of art.”

Beyoncé in a sparkly silver outfit standing in front of a horse statue covered in tiny mirrors like a disco ball.

A good dopp kit

A toiletry bag is essential for avid travelers like Nazario, but he says he’s still looking for one that’s the perfect size. Currently, he uses two nylon ones, but finds it difficult to carry two. “A good dopp kit is one that’s big enough to carry everything, but not so big that your stuff floats around in the bag,” he says. “It should also be something that can be easily washed.” Maybe a Moose Knuckles dopp kit is in our future?

A black nylon toiletry bag from Prada.

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