SEVEN ON SET is a twice-monthly interview series that takes a closer look at creative individuals. In this installation, we interviewed NYC-based illustrator Richard Haines, who designed this special windbreaker for us last year.

1. What made you want to become an illustrator?

I really have no idea. I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. Even when I was very young, maybe 5, it was a way to escape and create my own world. That was, and still is, very powerful. I do remember seeing a fashion illustration in the New York Times when I was a kid. It was the mid 60’s – a very elegant drawing from the Paris couture – I became obsessed with how much information was conveyed with so few lines. I copied the drawing over and over for months, trying to break the code…

2. What has been the most memorable moment of your career?

There have been a few – certainly collaborating with companies like Prada, Dries Van Noten…but the first time I posted a drawing after I set up my blog (2008) – I’ll never forget how amazing it was – to send a drawing out into the universe that was totally my point of view, and could be seen by anyone. That’s when I realized I could connect my work via technology. It was thrilling. 

3. If you did something different for a living, what would it be?

I used to be a fashion designer, but I know I’ll never do that again. I much prefer collaborating with other designers. I really have no idea what else I can do besides drawing at this point. I’m lucky it worked out! 

4. What is your personal mantra?

‘Keep it real, and keep it moving.’

5. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Being a parent to my daughter is the best part of my life, hands down… 

6. Ideal Dinner party? Dead or Alive.

I don’t care, as long as I don’t have to cook. But to flesh this out, I’m a francophile, so I’d have to say a dinner in Paris with Jean Cocteau, Christian Bérard, Edgar Degas, and me…oh, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

7. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“The Less I Know The Better” by Tame Impala 

Photography by Marielle Sales