“I grew up a skater kid, riding motorcycles outside L.A.,” says on-the-up S.D. designer and stylist Jason Waters. Save for the peek of tattoo sleeves and his Triumph parked out front, Waters is every bit the dandy. His style is Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers (retailers where he earned his chops) with a dash of SoCal cool.
As a former ambassador for custom clothier Astor & Black, he’s dressed everyone from local football stars to an Oscar-winning actor and, yes, the Biebs. “From cutting the pattern to selecting buttonhole colors, I’m helping the client every step,” he says. When Waters is off duty, he explores new haunts like Uptown Tavern in his Hillcrest ’hood, where he sports selvedge denim, colorful loafers, collared shirt and a custom blazer. Since separating from Astor & Black last year he has launched his brand Waters Atelier, “now it’s my turn to take the ball and run with it” says Jason who’s company offers a variety of custom footwear, luggage and clothing for the masses.