Lead designer for Ma.strum, Donrad Duncan, pulls inspiration from Massimo Osti, a man known for his extensive research in textiles and form revolutionized sportswear. Osti’s work was innovative and timeless with a strong sense of functionality as well. The Ma.strum collection utilizes high-tech fabrics and technology to create products providing function, comfort and style. A selection of garments, bearing the “Massimo Osti Archive” label, uses exclusive fabrics rediscovered and transformed from Massimo Osti Studio’s Textile Archive.
Here’s one of our favorite outerwear pieces for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Kitsune manages to pull out one of their best designs to date with this Mountain Jacket. It comes in a polyester blend shell in navy and some magnificent detailing like the toggle closure and large front pockets. The hood collapses too so you can pull it out when you really need it.
From Junya Watanabe Man’s eYe collection comes this navy varsity jacket for Fall 2011. It’s super heavy and was made in collaboration with army supplier Johnson Leathers right here in the United States. The detailing justifies the price tag as it features heavy cow leather sleeves, a wool shell and full red nylon lining. The slanted front pockets have leather accents while the shawl collar, cuffs and hem are all ribbed for a slimmer fit.
At this week’s Project show, we had the opportunity to check out Triple Aught Design in person for the first time. The San Francisco-based high performance apparel and equipment company makes gear that’s built to withstand the most rugged use cases, from special operations forces to wilderness exploration and conservation to adventure travel. Some of the pieces take inspiration from pieces used by international armed forces for decades and deliver them in updated, more versatile fabrics but keep all of the fine details the original pieces featured.
Selectism turns us to this Denham’s Longshore Pea Coat, which the label’s made available in three different fabrics. Apart from the Japanese denim shell you see above, the Pea Coat’s available in black painted canvas and (Fox Brothers & Co) Melton wool as well. “The coat’s overall design draws influence from vintage naval outerwear, yet deviates from the box-fit of archetypal works attire, parading a number of modernist revisions and a streamlined silhouette.” There’s a fresh blend of American heritage and Japan’s desire for detail and functionality.
Today marks the launch of the Ralph Lauren Black Label Denim collection, a new range of premium denim for men. The line goes past just denim jeans as there will be peacoats, shirts and trenches reinvented in the finest fabrics. As for the denim pants, the fits will range from sharp skinny to classic straight legs and are available in moto cross jeans, cargos and beyond. Other notable pieces include jersey knits, leather shirts and jackets in denim-blue, cashmere sweaters and clean-cut denim sport coats. Washes and treatments include waxy coatings, authentic whiskering and abrasions, oven bake processes, nicking and subtle pigment staining, over dyeing and pigment coatings.
The denim collection will retail between $225-$450 for jeans, with t-shirts and shirts from $80-$350 and outerwear from $395-$1295, with availability this week in select Ralph Lauren stores and department stores.
To shoot their Fall 2011 campaign, the Woolrich team flew to Tuscany, Italy and set up shop at a remote villa. The video captures the winter product in a very subtle manner but no piece is overlooked. The offerings are strong for the upcoming season and I’m sure we’ll be needing all the help we can get once the temperatures drop. (via Tenue de Nimes)
Nigel Cabourn’s Everest jacket takes inspiration from the expeditions of climber Edmund Hillary and his climb of Mount Everest back in 1953. The parka’s made in Yorkshire and filled with goose down while the body is made from waterproof breathable Ventile fabric. It also features fur lining around the hood and button front closure for added insulation. The navy finish shown above is exclusive to Superdenim and available now.
For Fall 2011, Our Legacy introduces their signature Rolling three-button blazer in a grey weed finish, made from 100% Italian virgin wool. The speckled, flecked, the multi-coloured yarns are an interesting touch to this three button blazer which also includes a chest pocket, two front pockets, an inside pocket, and amber coloured buttons. The fit’s known to be spot-on for those interested in a modern cut and adding some high-quality fabrics to the mix only adds to the justification you’ll need to buy this.
Side note: Matching trousers are available as well.