Looking back allows us to move forward with greater focus. For our first delivery of our FW22 collection, we’re excited to introduce our CPO Shirt and Drawstring Pant in a custom-developed sashiko fabric that is informed by a style we first released 6 years ago. It’s a gauzy mid-weight cotton with a soft hand and a beautiful woven pattern. These styles will be available in our flagship stores on Friday, September 2nd and subsequently on our website the following Monday, September 5th. You can also find them at a good number of our retailers globally.
The inspiration for the fabric came from a double-face Japanese sashiko fabric we had used on a work jacket that released back in 2016. This double-layered fabric was heavier and more substantial, and our goal this time was to develop a softer fabric with better drape that was appropriate for base layers. To achieve this, we worked with a mill in India to create an updated version of that fabric with a looser weave and loftier hand. The sashiko pattern running through the fabric is meant to mimic the chunky threads that are used on beautifully layered hand repairs on old Japanese workwear garments. The fabric we used on these two styles utilize pure indigo dyed cotton yarns, with the sashiko thread detailing being a much thicker and denser yarn. The overdyed version of the fabric will maintain a much darker color than its indigo counterpart, but after some continued use the wearer may see some subtle pops of grayish-blue as the indigo is revealed beneath. Both will age beautifully in their own regard, especially due to the irregular hand of the fabric.
Over the past few seasons, we’ve been making sets of garments whenever we develop a textile that suits a top and a bottom. As such, we elected to shoot these garments both as a set and as separates to showcase their versatility. And although the garments can work in a variety of ways, we can’t think of a better use for them than lounging around at home or on a plane - the loftiness of the fabric gives it the feel of a sweatsuit even though it looks a lot more dressed up. As always, we encourage you - if possible - to have a closer look at these garments, along with the rest of our first delivery of FW22.