If you are the type of person who follows the streetwear or lifestyle industries with any amount of regularity, you have likely heard a little (or a lot of) hype around a brand called ROOK. The reason for all this hype, especially in more committed circles, is largely due to the fact that the brand is more on point than most of their competition when it comes to attention to detail and creative expression. The creative minds behind the brand, Joe King and Jon Garcia are two names that are synonymous with classic lifestyle products, even if you may not have heard them before.
The two childhood friends have been working alongside one another in some way, shape or form for many years in this business designing and creating for many of the labels that are now some of our favorites. They have gotten to the point they are currently at by bringing to market, some of the most detailed and artistically inspired prints and designs ever seen in this segment.
The bar they have set for themselves appears to be staying at its current, daunting height, at least for the upcoming season as the brand releases their holiday 2013 range. Seen in the collection are pieces that make other brands wish they still had steady access to the two fashion masterminds as they continue to blow the doors of what we think is possible, or at least manageable when it comes to things like prints, patterns and graphics.
As you look at the visuals included here, take notice of the insane attention to detail that is paid with each piece and be sure to note it again as you will no doubt want to see these cuts up close and in person as soon as possible.
At this point, it should no longer come as a surprise that Jeff Staple and his iconic pigeon brand are one of the best in the world when it comes to pumping out lines and collections which are both ground-breaking and timeless. Using unique design subtleties and their one-of-a-kind aesthetic Staple continues to produce a product range, which is wearable in all seasons and appeals to a broad range of styles. At the same time their mark of the bird is unmistakably NYC, yet they have somehow managed to transcend this fact and further harness its power to draw in an audience that spans the globe.
For the holiday 2013 drop, Staple takes into account all of these factors and produces yet another bunch of clothing that perfectly embodies what it is they do. Aiming to grow the aforementioned audience, this season like in others before, they have employed the near universality of both the change in seasons and the pigeon. Anyone on the prairies can relate to the color palette Staple presents in this line with blazing reds and oranges complimented by stark blacks and blues, which seem ever-present this time of year.
Staple holiday 2013 is made up of pieces, which are as wearable as they are stylish during our extended fall/winter period. Lending themselves to layering, adding warmth and fitting right in with all the seasonal nuances we know and love around these parts. So as I sit and look over the newest offering from one of New York’s creative geniuses, trying to find a fitting way to bring yet another rant to a close, the shock and awe are subsiding. I am now left with just one, unanswered question: What will Staple come up with next?
Penfield has been gaining quite the reputation as the go-to brand for great layer and outerwear pieces this time of year. Not only do they provide fits, cuts and styles that look incredible, the brand also has a knack for bringing to market some of the most functional pieces anyway. The trend looks to continue as the Massachusetts mainstay offers up their latest range entitled “The Coldest Day”, a fitting name to say the least.
Seen in the current range are top pieces and accessories that perfectly embody what a prairie-ready winter piece should be. They are warm without excess bulk, stylish and not overly noisy all while remaining ready to handle whatever the season happens to dish out. Combining style and function this seamlessly is not something that comes easy, so it only makes sense to look to a trusted company with incredible history such as Penfield when you’re looking for the most important pieces of the winter.
Whether you are after down-fill coats that will keep you warm when things get really nasty, or the perfect layering piece that you can throw on for a little added comfort and warmth, there is something in this collection for every image and occasion. Meshed perfectly with next-level tailoring and fashion forward finishes going through our harsh, unforgiving almost intolerable winters with a little Penfield in the mix would just be foolish.