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The featured mens look is a two pice. The shirt is a take on the classic button up a staple in just about every wardrobe. The sleeves are hand treated with a solution to give the appearance of a worn in/aged feeling. The low placed pockets just felt right when thinking about the original inspiration which was “the homeless”. The low positioning of the pockets on the shirt along with detail on the top of the pants, to me was a no brainer. It creates a visual center line. A clean transition.
Because the garments are fabricated out of lenin the unique qualities of the fabric aid in its stylistic details.
The buttons are fabricated out of aged nickel which I thought was a perfect pairing for the understated allure of the ensemble. The pants, in part, were inspired by a bag that I found several years ago in San Francisco.The triangle like detail on the bottom was something that I noticed on the corner of an aged canvas gym bag. I thought the shape in its original context was thought provoking. I wanted to highlight that seemingly insignificant detail by bringing it front and center. The pants are cut with a low crotch which lends to the over all silhouette as well and the fitting ease. The seams are all clean finished with bias trim on the inside.I find, that for me the construction and the seemingly small details are just as important as the over all design.
I get really excited by design/art- I could go on and on about it. It's a study of trying to create something "perfect".

Who or What Were Your Biggest Inspirations During This Process?

While designing this look I thought about worn in clothing. I was inspired by the homeless in downtown LA, and attempted to take literal references such as dirt and grime and combine them with the precise construction of high end garments.

Which Retailer(s) Would You Most Like to Sell Your Design?

As an aspiring brand, I feel that my designs could fit in a retail environment such as Opening Ceremony, Barneys New York, Oak New York. I feel that When working with retailers such as these there is a true appreciation of the work and craftsmanship.

Judges’ Rating: 4/5

Judges’ Comments: “Interesting piece. Have a lot to choose in the inspiration as I never saw as many homeless people as when I was in LA! I think its great that you are thinking out of the box in the design but I have a feeling that the piece as a whole would be a hard sell. The top by itself would be a great piece and easier sell. Creative work :) ” – Shirin Askari

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