HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | OCTOBER 24 2016

The musician turned designer opens up about the perfect fit, luxe fabrics and his brand-new e-commerce shop. 

In a little over eight months, musician Ayler Young has not only established a bustling bomber jacket business, but he’s also managed to get on the radar of supermodels Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner — the most coveted exposure for any emerging fashion brand.

But it’s not just the millennial model set that Young’s L.A.-based bomber brand, Philip Ayler (Young’s legal first name is Philip), has managed to impress. Mickey Rourke, Sean Penn and Owen Wilson are among the diverse bunch who have been spotted in Philip Ayler digs, proving their multigenerational appeal.

In a little over eight months, musician Ayler Young has not only established a bustling bomber jacket business, but he’s also managed to get on the radar of supermodels Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner — the most coveted exposure for any emerging fashion brand.

But it’s not just the millennial model set that Young’s L.A.-based bomber brand, Philip Ayler (Young’s legal first name is Philip), has managed to impress. Mickey Rourke, Sean Penn and Owen Wilson are among the diverse bunch who have been spotted in Philip Ayler digs, proving their multigenerational appeal.

WWD | OCTOBER 20 2016

Bomber jackets of every stripe are trending hard this season, but for fashion and entertainment entrepreneur Ayler Young, the classic item is the foundation of a new line called Philip Ayler that he hopes will become a mainstay among the fashion-forward crowd.

Launching online Monday and in What Goes Around Comes Around, the women’s and men’s jackets are made with rare vintage textiles including bouclés used for Chanel jackets, as well as wools for Armani, and retail for $2,495.

Philip Ayler is the high-end iteration of what began as a personal quest to preserve a beloved satin bomber jacket given to him by a stylist friend. “It was an H&M sample from a shoot that never went into production. I never got so many compliments on a jacket, so I had a pattern made in case I ever lost it,” recalled Young.

As luck would have it, the Guns N’ Roses tour manager spotted Young, a guitarist and former Broadway music director, in the jacket and asked if he could make some for the band’s upcoming “Not in This Lifetime” reunion tour. The black poly satin, red silk-lined jackets, each embroidered with the wearer’s name, became an instant hit among Axl Rose and Slash’s crew.

“I ended up making about 1,000 jackets for every record label ceo, wife, girlfriend, model on the tour,” in addition to the limited collector’s editions created for sale in each city, he said. Indeed, Kendall Jenner sported hers on a recent episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and both Sean Penn and Lady Gaga have one as well.

That led to a few more satin iterations (naturally, Gigi Hadid had to have one), before Young hit upon the idea of making a limited range with vintage fabrics. The jackets are sourced and made in Los Angeles with custom knit trim and zippers (each one also has a secret pocket).

Of the decision to wholesale the jackets in brick-and-mortar stores, Young only approached What Goes Around Comes Around. “I know the owners because they used to have a showroom above Tribeca Cinemas,” he said, which was one of the businesses he owned in New York before moving to Los Angeles a year and a half ago. “I knew they would get it. It’s crazy to now see my jackets hanging alongside these vintage designer pieces.”

The jackets are both slim and slouchy, allowing customers a range of looks depending on which size they choose; there is a full range of women’s and men’s sizes.

“I’m using the shoe model,” said Young, who was a partner in sneaker brand Supra. “If a customer knows their size, by not changing the pattern, it lets them shop online confidently and they can buy four or five.”

While he says he may expand into other categories eventually, Young notes, “There’s a beauty in the constraint of one silhouette; innovation can happen within. It’s like in music there are 12 notes and in Twitter 140 characters.”

MAGIC ONLINE | OCTOBER 19 2016

THE ZOE REPORT | OCTOBER 28 2016

The Cult Jacket Every It Girl Will Be Wearing This Season by Nicky Deam October 28, 2016 This season the ubiquitous bomber jacket is being propelled into seriously stylish territory thanks to designer Philip Ayler. Already seen on the likes of Gigi and Kendall (obviously), his jackets are quickly becoming cult pieces thanks to the attention to detail and vintage fabrics he uses to create them. Philip travels the globe sourcing vintage Chanel, Armani and other luxury fabrics to incorporate into the versatile staple—it even features a hidden pocket on the sleeve. Whether worn over jeans and a tee or a slip dress and over-the-knee boots, the jacket is rapidly becoming the most sought after piece of the season. Peruse our favorites here then head to his site or What Goes Around Comes Around in Beverly Hills to scoop up a style of your own

The Cult Jacket Every It Girl Will Be Wearing This Season

by Nicky Deam October 28, 2016

This season the ubiquitous bomber jacket is being propelled into seriously stylish territory thanks to designer Philip Ayler. Already seen on the likes of Gigi and Kendall (obviously), his jackets are quickly becoming cult pieces thanks to the attention to detail and vintage fabrics he uses to create them. Philip travels the globe sourcing vintage Chanel, Armani and other luxury fabrics to incorporate into the versatile staple—it even features a hidden pocket on the sleeve. Whether worn over jeans and a tee or a slip dress and over-the-knee boots, the jacket is rapidly becoming the most sought after piece of the season. Peruse our favorites here then head to his site or What Goes Around Comes Around in Beverly Hills to scoop up a style of your own

THE COVETEUR | NOVEMBER 2016

Ayler Young is scouring the markets of Paris and Milan for the ultimate in outerwear.

By: Hannah Baxter

Photography: Alec Kugler

We’ve all experienced those exhilarating attempts at uncovering the *perfect* vintage CHANEL jacket from the depths of a vintage shop—a one-of-a-kind treasure that fits like a dream and goes with everything from ripped jeans to evening wear. A scenario like that is real only in a fashion wonderland, but in the real world you more often than not end up frustrated and jacketless, sipping tequila sodas with your shopping buddies, trying to forget the struggle. Ayler Young understands the hunt and has vowed to take over from here on out.

His Philip Ayler label is a limited-edition line of his-and-hers bomber jackets made from fabric that is more often associated with the coats walking down a Parisian runway than swathing an L.A. pop star. A former musician turned entrepreneur-slash-new designer, Young has quickly become an indie fashion star, with everyone from Gigi Hadid to Steven Tyler scooping up his bombers. He sources vintage material, like CHANEL bouclés and vivid silks, for his couture-like creations, reworking the standard oversized bomber fit into a slimmer, more modern silhouette. And then he adds surprise details like a hidden sleeve pocket and a reversible lining. With a background that spans everything from developing eco-friendly camping equipment to launching a burlesque club in New York City (no, really), of course it’s a guy like him who would think to make the season’s It jacket in the most timeless fabrics. Talk about a genius equation.

REFINERY 29 | DECEMBER 2016