New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block

Meet four of the world’s most envelope-pushing labels in menswear

Meet four of the world’s most envelope-pushing labels in menswear

Photography: Fumi Nagasaka

Styling: Julian Antetomaso

BLINDNESS (SEOUL)

For his F/W ’16 collection, designer KyuYong Shin drew inspiration from the 2013 Beat homage, Kill Your Darlings. “We liked their expression of feeling and style of the ’40s,” Shin notes. Founded with Jong Taek Lee in 2013, Blindness has quickly become a leading voice in South Korea’s emerging fashion landscape. Shin continues, “We’re trying to make menswear, while not being obsessed with what that means.”

Devon Halfnight LeFlufy (New York)

“I want to contribute to the forward movement of fashion,” notes Devon Halfnight LeFlufy, founder of the eponymous line. Such lofty sentiments may seem the musings of a youthful dreamer, but with a slate of prizes to his name, the New York-based, Canadian designer looks to be doing just that. Drawing inspiration from French deconstructionist theory for his F/W ’16 collection—accessories included parts from circuit boards and phone chargers—LeFlufy, in his words, looks to find a “balance between maximalism and clarity.”

COTTWEILER (LONDON)

The duo behind British menswear line Cottweiler, Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell, have become known for their cutting-edge aesthetic. For their F/W ’16 collection, the two “wanted to represent a community transitioning from an industrialized condition into a new state of agronomic autonomy.” Set amidst a field of barley, the show presented avant-garde looks with a decidedly pastoral twist. The two conclude, “We want people to feel fully immersed in our world.”

Y/PROJECT (PARIS)

“We’re constantly asking ourselves if we go too far or not,” notes Glenn Martens, the creative director of Y/Project. Since stepping into the role in 2013, Martens has established the line as one of Europe’s most influential, garnering him a place on the shortlist for the 2016 LVMH prize. “Designing menswear,” Martens ventures, “is more psychological than designing womenswear. Guys are all about attitude."

Credits:

Makeup Cedric Jolivet (See Management)  Hair Marco Braca  (KRAMER+KRAMER)  Mmodel Omar Ahmed (Fusion)   Photo assistants Eduardo Silva and Kohei Kawashima  Stylist assistant Angela Braidi  retouching URBAN PRINT AND MOTION  Location ROOT Studios

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