L1 Outerwear recently announced it has brought pro shred Jon Kooley in house as the brand’s full time creative director. Kooley has worked heavily with the brand and influenced its designs over the past few years, and it was a natural step for him to move into the role of creative director.
“I’m always excited to see a rider take the step into a professional career at our company and Jon taking on the creative reigns of L1 is no exception,” says Nitro and L1 Owner Thomas Delago. “He’s always been one of the leading creative minds behind L1 and will be able to do a great job pushing the limits even further.”
We caught up with the newly promoted Kooley to find out more about his role.
What is your biggest inspiration for L1?
I think my biggest inspiration for L1 would have to be skating for sure. I also get a lot of inspiration from work wear clothing and random people wearing cool stuff.
L1 has always and will always have one driving vision: Street inspired, team driven outerwear with a focus on quality, fit, and attention to detail,” says Kooley. “Breaking the mold has been our philosophy since 2003. We believe that not all snowboard outerwear has to be the same, and not all snowboard outerwear is for everyone. This is the way we do it, it´s not for everyone.
How big of an influence does the team have on the L1 and L1TA designs?
The team has always had a massive influence on the designs. It’s been about making stuff the team wants to wear. L1 is a mash up of all of our styles and personalities, which I think is what gives it such a unique look and feel. Jordan, Danny, Ben, Anton, and the rest of the team have been the inspiration for each individual piece.
How long have you been into designing outerwear?
This is my second season really designing, but I’ve been submitting design ideas for about 6 years now. I have always been into creating outerwear that looks like normal clothing.
What would you like to tell any aspiring snowboarder who wants to be a designer?
I would say practice, possibly intern with a designer if you can, and pay attention to what you see on the mountain. Watch the pros and people doing new and unique things with their style. That will most likely be the trend a few years down the road, and you don’t want to be the last one on it.