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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran

Published December 16, 2013

M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photographer and model Chris Mosier is featured in M.Nii's Autumn 2013 Shared Stories.

Photo: Chris Gentile

Photographer and model Chris Mosier is featured in M.Nii's Autumn 2013 Shared Stories.

From Brooklyn to Long Island, Mosier is seen here in M.Nii's Autumn 2013 line.

Photo: Chris Gentile

From Brooklyn to Long Island, Mosier is seen here in M.Nii's Autumn 2013 line.

Chris Mosier in front of his Volkswagen Westfalia.

Photo: Chris Gentile

Chris Mosier in front of his Volkswagen Westfalia.

Chris Mosier's Westy is a personal passion project. He constantly customizes the van himself.

Photo: Chris Gentile

Chris Mosier's Westy is a personal passion project. He constantly customizes the van himself.

John Moore with his kids, Costa and Lennon.

Photo: Hershel Baltrotsky for Kindling Quarterly

John Moore with his kids, Costa and Lennon.

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The Scout: Aside from M.Nii, you also run Pencil on Paper studio, working with other brands. There are times when a brand and a design studio overlap in the work, but for the most part they are two different businesses. Can you tell us more about Pencil on Paper and how it operates separately from M.Nii?

John Moore: With The POP Studio, I have an amazing staff that drives the success of the projects we work on. We hire incredible talent and get out of their way. The studio was created to bring together great minds and allow us to launch, collaborate and fix problems with creative solutions. So M.Nii came three years after we launched the POP Studio, and it all blends into one. I come into work with many ideas and pass them off to the respective team members and trust them to execute. With M.Nii, Faye Fredricks runs the brand and Michael Abbey is the designer, and they are both amazing! I might spend a half-hour on M.Nii working with them, and then switch gears to something totally different and then come back to M.Nii in the afternoon. We never stop…

The Scout: We should mention that M.Nii isn’t the only line that is part of POP studio, Coast-Wide is the other. On top of that you’re a partner at General Store and a father of two. For most people, one of these would be more than enough but you manage to do it all. What drives you to work across different disciplines and how are you able to manage it all?

John Moore: Some days are easier than others, but it all blends into one. Hannah (my longtime girlfriend) runs General Store in Venice, and she is a huge source of inspiration on so many levels!!! And I was a huge fan of what Serena (Mitnik-Miller) and Mason (St. Peter) did in SF, and I’m in love with the Venice location which we demoed and built with our own hands, so you could say I am their biggest fan! And my children just keep me young. I’m constantly looking at the world through their eyes, and every day leads us to new adventures, challenges and achievements.

The Scout: Is there an area that you haven’t tackled that you want to pursue?

John Moore: Oh man, there are so many things I constantly think about. First and foremost, I want to open up a restaurant / piano bar at some point soon. Other ideas include bringing our POPgallery efforts to a larger audience, producing an album of covers with Little Wings (but he never responds to my pleas), obsessing about the lack of concept shops in American retail, and I have more than one idea about compelling programming for new media.

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