SPRING / SUMMER 2020
In the 8 years I have been living in New York, I've moved about 12 times all together. Here, this isn’t uncommon. And so each time I started over, I learned what it means create a home. This collection explores the culture of NY and questions all those living here; where do you rest?
Living such a nomadic lifestyle, having multiple homes can leave you feeling as if you don’t really have one. However I’d like to think, our first true home is the home of our flesh and soul. You can find this message in this season’s “Nuclear Peace” graphic tee. Printed are 11 elements and their nuclear symbols in a circular pattern. All 11 elements are required for life. Without one there is no life. To that end, all 11 elements create a sort of ‘Nuclear Peace” within us all. Additionally this serves as a protest tee, printed on made in the US 100% cotton military tees, speaking to greater disarmament efforts of nuclear weapons and a reminder to how detrimental it was and is to human life.
This season's collection serves as an aspirational assortment; a progression of a dream of your closet if you had time to rest between the pressure of work and your next move. Casual, yet professional, you’ll find pieces that suit either. Such as, elastic drawstring pants and shorts composed in clean, fluid lightweight cotton twill fabrics. Shirting that isn’t constricting or constricted to just work; featured in semi-sheer tencel and cotton textiles for a soft, silky hand feel while keeping you cool inside or out. The assortment is broken up into three different uniforms: sophisticated casuals, utilitarian workwear and formal tailoring. Each uniform item has our signature 1/4” x 1/4”stitch, serving as a reminder of the unseen hands that craft each garment. From sketch, draft, pattern, prototype to the finished product, each step relies on our minds and hands working in skillful harmony. As always all garments are manufactured in NYC ,including our hand-tailored (made by Martin Greenfield) suiting.
Additionally this season features two in-studio painted fabrics executed with a paint roller. This was done to reference another part of the moving process; when new tenants or building owners repaint their walls. These items are cut in the Lazy pant/short and the Lover s/s shirt.
Our SS20 poster tee features a graph taken from a study published on BMJ open an online medical journal. This graph shows the adolescent youth’s average sleep duration (y) versus their hours of screen use (x). Showing that the more screen use, particularly before bed, the average duration of sleep would be. Furthermore with the introduction of social media acting as a requirement for typical modern day function, our identities have been split into two; the self and the virtual self. Throughout the day and night, your virtual identity is interacting with others, even though you may not be. So, where do you rest?
Lastly, the collection was shot in what most would consider a dream home. With designer furniture and artwork humbly scattered through out the space, one could only wish of living there. Yet, in certain photos, you can see a sliver of a man who feels like a stranger in such a space
T-shirts by @daytimenovella
PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSHUA OLLEY
MODEL: BRIAN MITCHELL
ASSISTANT: RYO SHIBAYAMA
Thank you: Nicholas Dephillips, Samantha Pae, Joe Medved, Sean Kwon