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Paul Banks: My Style

Interpol frontman says he prefers more casual looks offstage, mixing vintage finds with high-end streetwear

Paul Banks at his New York apartment in August 2018.

Paul Banks at his New York apartment in August.

Drew Gurian for Rolling Stone

With their post-punk look — black suits, boots and skinny ties — Interpol were the most stylish band of the early-2000s New York rock boom. That’s still true, but these days frontman Paul Banks prefers more casual looks offstage, mixing vintage finds with high-end streetwear from brands like Y-3.

“It’s just about fun for me — it’s never about flaunting anything,” says Banks. Interpol just released their sixth album, Marauder, which adds some surprisingly musical textures to their lovably gloomy sound, and are still on a high from a 15th-anniversary tour celebrating their 2002 debut. “I don’t know if everyone is cut out for this business super-long-term,” Banks says. “Fortunately, we still get along and inspire each other.”

Items # 1-4. Photographs by Drew Gurian.

Items # 1-4. Photographs by Drew Gurian.

1. Gloves from Winning Boxing Gear. “They’re like the Rolls-Royce of boxing equipment, says Banks. (Find it here).

2. A bomber jacket by RZA’s clothing line, 36 Chambers. (Find it here).

3. Critter and Guitari loop for making samples on the go. (Find it here).

4. Fred Segal leather boots.

Items # 5-8. Photographs by Drew Gurian.

Items # 5-8. Photographs by Drew Gurian.

5. Vintage typewriter: “An ornament you buy in hopes of inspiring yourself.”

6. NOAH suede boat shoes.

7. Y-3 limited-edition sweatshirt.

8. Concealed-sword cane he displays in his house: “It’s just super-
badass.”

Items # 9-13. Photographs by Drew Gurian.

Items # 9-13. Photographs by Drew Gurian.

9. Duncan yo-yo: “I almost quit smoking. It was going to be my hilarious new affect.” (Find it here).

10. Cuban link chain: “I wanted what Michael Jordan wore in the early days.”

11. A classic Real Tube Overdrive pedal.

12. Vintage Italian sunglasses: “I bought them for Coachella.”

13. White sunglasses.

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