The Story Behind The Chainsmokers' Collaboration With Timo Weiland

The Chainsmokers attend Sony's 'Lost in Music' Launch on Jan. 13, 2017 in Los Angeles.
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The Chainsmokers attend Sony's 'Lost in Music' Launch on Jan. 13, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Now you can do more than listen to The Chainsmokers; you can dress like them too. New York-based designer Timo Weiland (Lorde and Kerry Washington are fans) got his followers in an uproar earlier this month when he posted the EDM duo holding custom designed multi-denim jackets on the company's official Instagram, without information on how to order the pieces.

But despite Weiland’s pieces for his talented pals being one-offs, the designer tells Billboard that those interested will be able to purchase similar gear later down the road in 2017. He elaborates further on his relationship with his team, partners Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang, and the superstar DJs in our Q&A below.

How did this collaboration with the Chainsmokers come to be? 

Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers is a dear friend of mine since the early oughts. I admire the hell out of him and Drew Taggart, all that they have created in the last couple of years. Unbiased, their tracks are on every playlist, and included in every DJ set of mine, because I absolutely love their sound. "Don't Let Me Down" and "Closer" were two of my top ten fave tracks of 2016.

We were out in Soho late one night this past summer and got to talking in more detail about the Timo Weiland pieces they wear the most, and what they gravitate towards in general. Anything from that point on has progressed like a conversation between friends, and including their fabulous manager from Sony Disruptor, my friend Alexandra Kamins (a.k.a. AK). Also, side note: Drew and I are from the same hometown outside of Portland in Maine, which is wild!


Can you tell us about the collaboration a bit more?

The multi-denim jackets were made in Brooklyn from multiple color washes and textures of denim. These were specifically custom-made for them, and hand-painted by the mega-talented LA-based artist ThankYouX (@thankyoux). AK commissioned them from us and had the most input since it was their official holiday gift [from her]. We have a similar three-color multi-denim jacket coming to our website later in 2017, and more in the works for/with the guys in the near future.  

You DJ, in addition to designing. Where do you DJ, and what is your current playlist? 

This year has been a really fertile time for me as a DJ. My partner Alan and I DJ under the name Timo + Alan. We have performed in New York at the Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum, Carnegie Hall, BAM, and local spots such as Soho Grand, Rose Bar, Paul's Baby Grand, and Baby's All Right. I have also begun collaborating with our longtime composer pal, Jay Wadley on a project coming out later this year, in conjunction with some of our favorite bands. My current favorite Spotify playlist includes the awesome new Chainsmokers track "Paris," which is a new fave.