Bedside Manners with Brandon Maxwell

Interview by Nell Diamond | Brandon's Portrait by Sebastian Faena

Brandon Maxwell, Fashion Designer, on the unintended benefits of wisdom teeth removal and the hazards of eating chips at bedtime. 

WHAT'S YOUR BEDTIME ROUTINE? 

I wish I could say I have a really glamorous routine where I wash my face and spritz the bed with Lavender while wearing some cute pajamas but unfortunately I'm an insomniac so my routine usually lasts for hours and consists of me pacing around the house, checking my phone, and starting and stopping at least three 90's rom-coms before I thankfully just pass out, wherever that may be, bed or sofa. 

WHAT'S THE BEST NIGHT OF SLEEP YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN?

I think honestly, when I got my wisdom teeth taken out and the Anesthesia was still wearing off...

AND YOUR WORST NIGHT?

The night before I have any fitting I usually sleep pretty horribly. I just feel like it's the night before Christmas morning and I can't wait to see what Santa will bring. 

WHAT TIME DO YOU GO TO SLEEP?

Somewhere in that weird time between 1 and 4 am when the street sweepers are out and teenagers who should be home with their parents are screaming obscenities outside my dining room window.

WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP?

If I don't have a crazy early day I'm usually up at 9, depending on what occurred the night before. I'm not a napper so once I'm asleep I try to get everything out of it that I can. 

WHAT PUTS YOU TO SLEEP? 

Red wine and some form of a carbohydrate. Again, really wish I had a cute story here about hot tea and meditation but sadly I do not. 

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT? 

Did I leave a candle on at the office? I wonder if I should have added a sleeve to that? Did my sister pick a wedding date yet? Can my fiancé hear me eating these chips from the living room? And things of that nature.

WHAT’S ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

A tumbler glass with my initials filled with water, phone charger, La Mer lip balm, and always a biography of one of our former First Ladies. 

WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING? 

Tell my dog I love her and then hop up and check email while making a coffee.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST OUTFIT YOU'VE EVER WORN TO BED (OR NAPPED IN)? 

I ALWAYS, no matter the circumstances, put on my bed outfit. Black Hanro boxers that feel like butter and a long sleeve t shirt. 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HOTEL BED EVER (AND WHY)? 

Beverly Hills Hotel because I feel like I'm at my Grandmother's house and there are hundreds of pillows.

CAN YOU FALL ASLEEP ON PLANES?

It’s generally quite tough for me to fall asleep on a plane because I’m constantly thinking of what my email will look like when I land, especially if there is no wifi.

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS TO BEAT JET LAG?

Stay up as long as possible, until absolutely nothing makes sense, and then pass out. 

More bedtime reading on Brandon here, plus a collage of some of our favorite looks of his below.