Fill In The Blanks with New York Hat Designer Dani Griffiths

Despite growing up in Canada, where wearing jeans is “a birthright,” Dani Griffiths’s style is anything but expected. We stopped by the Williamsburg apartment of this hat maker and music obsessive to discuss the importance of cropped denim and traveling light.

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In one sentence, I’m a…
Hat and leather goods designer for my label, Clyde.

And when I’m off the clock, I…
Travel. I just got back from a week in Jamaica.

In my suitcase you’d find…
Very little. I only brought a few things, all made of thin cotton because the air is so humid and nothing dries out there. I brought swimsuits, a lightweight towel and some loose cotton bottoms and tops.

I feel most at home…
In my apartment, where I live with a dear friend who’s in the band Regal Degal. I love exploring new music and usually have some playing on low. I still have a cassette player for a stereo.

If I have two seconds to get out the door, I pull on my trusty combination of…
High-waisted jeans with a cropped sweater or shirt. It works in any season, and you can wear basically any shoe, which is a plus.

Someone with great denim style is…
Diana Ross on the gatefold cover of Diana.

A little known talent of mine is…
I was a theater kid.

Anyone who knows me would say I am…
Forever snacking. Almonds, berries, nuts…

And because, of course, we have to ask: The best jeans are…
Slightly cropped, fitted and loose in all the right places.

Dani is wearing Rivet & Thread Boyjeans, a Madewell Denim Pieced Shirt (available for pre-order at 866 544 1937), Keaton Oxfords and a Clyde hat.

More Dani-approved denim, right here: Shop the High Riser Skinny Skinny and the Slim Boyjean.

Shop our entire assortment of jeans here.