Music man-about-town Ayler Young is dressing LA’s social media A-list.
Dream weaver Ayler Young has outfitted everyone from Lady Gaga to Kendall Jenner in his superluxe bomber jackets. Black and gold houndstooth jacket, $1,095, by Philip Ayler at thewebster.us
Like John Lennon, who often said a man on a flaming pie appeared to him in a vision and gave him the name “Beatles with an A,” Ayler Young had a dream, too, this one about a burgundy bomber jacket with burgundy trim. The difference is that flaming pie guy didn’t show up the next day at Lennon’s door. Young, however, got a visit from a friend brandishing the aforementioned garment the very morning after his dream.
That gift out of the blue was a sign for the 38-year-old Young, which led to a series of events that culminated in a clothing design phenomenon. Under the banner Philip Ayler (Philip is his real given name), the former musician and Broadway music director is now churning out über-stylish bomber jackets for clients like Guns N’ Roses, Mick Jagger, Lady Gaga, Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, Golden Barbie, Kendall Jenner and a host of others.
What was the catalyst that caused this outerwear frenzy? One night I was at a club wearing one of my jackets and ran into the tour director for Guns N’ Roses, who came all the way across the room to ask where I bought it. I told him the story. He then asked if I could make jackets like it for the band members.
How did it go from a few to thousands? The band not only needed jackets for the band members, but for everyone around the band— family, daughters, wives. They needed custom-made jackets for everybody on tour! Pretty soon Bravado [the merchandising company] asked me to make jackets to be sold on tour. We sold them at Coachella. It took off from there.
What makes your jackets so special? I was able to find wholesalers in the LA area who had been in the business for 70-plus years with these great crushed velvets, bouclés, raw silks, tweeds, really rare vintage Chanel fabrics. The texture and the weight of the materials are much more luxurious than what is made today. We perfected the design and then found some great factories in the LA area to make them. … It really was a dream come true. From $995 to $1,995, Frank’s Chop Shop, 8209 Melrose Ave., 323.424.7326, philipayler.com