When Berlin’s fashion week hit the German capital last week, we ventured out to the trade shows and exhibitions to check out what the Spring/Summer 2015 had in store for the world of men’s fashion. Alongside new collections from established brands, we got the chance to check out several newcomers and saw tons of really exciting product pushing menswear into uncharted territories. While we have previously released recap galleries from Bread & Butter and SEEK, here is a comprehensive list of the 10 brands and collections that were exceptional.
The brand’s workwear-inspired take on streetwear continues with a clean, crisp collection. A predominately white palette features alongside neons, navy and splashes of red, with color-blocked and patterned pieces pushing an aesthetic that looks forward from the brand’s heritage roots. Female fans of the brand will be pleased to know that their women’s line is expanding to include many unique pieces such as dungarees and shirt dresses, alongside regular re-cut men’s silhouettes.
The Amsterdam brand’s line heavily features an African-inspired aesthetic, from clean graphics on headwear and tees to full-on tribal fabrics used on outerwear. Adding an unusually cosmopolitan take on typically American-obsessed streetwear, we’re looking forward to seeing more from the brand’s offerings in the future.
The Canadian luggage brand are set to expand into a premium leather line, with wallets, iPad sleeves and card holders available in a variety of tans and hues. Also shown are the brand’s trademark backpacks, duffels and accessories, with many pieces boasting bright and bold patterns alongside the brand’s usual heritage colorways. Herschel fans will be pleased to know that they are launching a headwear line, as a variety of cap styles were shown with the brand’s signature muted color blocking and tasteful fabric choices.
Japanese independent footwear brand Losers showed a youthful, playful take on classic casual footwear, with multiple low and mid-top canvas sneakers boasting bold patterns and clean colorways. Of particular note were the tongue-in-cheek nods to the iconic Air Jordan Elephant pattern seen above. With the footwear industry so heavily dominated by corporate giants, it’s great to see independent brands coming up with fresh ideas and having fun while doing so.
The Swedish menswear label’s footwear program continues with updated silhouettes and clean, tonal colorways showing the beautifully crafted shoes at their best. Our Legacy’s mainline furthers their avant-garde take on menswear, as cutting edge fabrics like perforated linen and tumbled nylon were used to create some truly unique pieces. Particular highlights include embroidered crewnecks, plush leather and suede overshirts, an irreverent take on the classic Calvin Klein boxer short and a new foray into eyewear. Brands like Our Legacy are really pushing the envelope when it comes to contemporary fashion and this collection was further proof that some of the most exciting menswear in the world is coming from Scandinavia.
The German luggage brand approaches the production of backpacks with the sort of indulgence normally reserved for luxury fashion. Handcrafted in Belgium from vegetable-dyed leather, the range of bags, wallets and backpacks are available in a soft, tonal range of colors and are sure to age and patina beautifully with time. While so many high-end labels add gaudy accoutrements and brash styling to their product, PB 0110’s typically European approach to design shows that sometimes the real luxury is in simple things done beautifully.
The ongoing collaborative project between PUMA and BWGH continues into the Spring/Summer 2015 season, as the Parisian brand’s signature soft palettes and chenille appliqués were used on a variety of running sneakers from PUMA’s archives. The collaboration also includes a range of apparel, which translates the sneakers’ aesthetic onto a range of tees, sweats and outerwear.
Umbrellas are essential accessories for both men and women, yet have been continually under-engineered and let users down when strong winds approach and they turn themselves inside out. Dutch brand Senz’s storm proof umbrellas have been aerodynamically engineered to auto-position themselves to face the wind, meaning they can withstand gusts of up to 100 km/h. Smartly solving an age-old problem with ingenious design, the brand presented its umbrellas in a variety of colors and patterns.
Berlin craftsmen SIMON&ME display a collection of expertly designed products, meandering from smart menswear to product design, as knitted sweaters sit alongside combs and compasses. The collaborative Highsnobiety x SIMON&ME brass bracelet that we released earlier in the month was an unexpected delight.
The Danish brand’s playful and irreverent take on menswear was a highlight of the shows. Their Spring/Summer 2015 offerings include vintage florals neatly reworked into bold typography, alongside embroidered shirting and laid-back sweatpants and bathrobes. The label’s metallic footwear was an obvious stand out, particularly the iridescent sandals shown above, but the full collection was a real step forward that really showed how exciting Scandinavian fashion is right now.