First opened in 2009, Against Nature is a collaboration between four designers: bespoke suit tailors Amber Doyle and Jake Mueser, denim tailor Simon Jacobs, and jeweler Ryan Matthew. Amber and Jake both attended New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and had been making suits for themselves and their friends since 2006. Simon Jacobs had completed a tailoring apprenticeship and had started making high-quality denim garments for a growing clientele. Ryan Matthew had studied jewelry making with a master silversmith and done work for Ralph Lauren.
The four, all friends from New York’s downtown fashion, music, and art scenes, had a common vision: to create beautifully, well-designed garments and accessories with a modern sensibility, but using traditional methods of craftsmanship construction. This shared mission, and the fact that their client bases were expanding rapidly, led them to open Against Nature at 159 Chrystie Street, with their workshop and studio on the premises. Since then, Amber, Jake, Ryan and Simon have been committed to producing the highest-quality products in accordance with Against Nature’s unique aesthetic.