The Highsnobiety inboxes are inundated every day with new brands vying for a piece of the spotlight. So, to help you show off your vast knowledge of obscure fashion labels, each month we take a moment to introduce you to a fresh batch of upcoming talent.
Below you’ll find some of the best collections to land in our inbox this month, from artisanal Italian eyewear to Hungarian knitwear – get to know them before they’re massive.
Inspired by modern architecture, French accessories label Le Feuillet drops a range of handcrafted leather goods that blend exceptional style with day-to-day practicality. Briefcases and pouches are given easy-carry handles, so your laptop and daily essentials will never leave your sight (or hand, for that matter) on a busy commute.
The brand keeps the styling timeless and classic, with bags offered in both black and cognac leather colorways. The luggage pieces are also offered alongside key holders and wallets, which are again presented in typically chic style.
New Future London
Upstart streetwear label New Future unveils its SS16 collection of brash, sportswear-flavored streetwear. A stark departure from the all-black-everything craze that gripped the world’s streets a few seasons back, the brand’s gear is executed in bombastic colorways that clash camo patterns with bright red and yellow hues.
Both boys’ and girls’ garments are dropped, with crop tops and oversized tees paired with basketball shorts and sweatpants – all of which are gratuitously emblazoned with logo hits. Parkas and bombers round off the collection, providing some outerwear choices for those quintessentially British rainy days.
s.k. manor hill
Contemporary menswear label s.k. manor hill hails from New York but clearly holds a fondness for Japan – their SS16 collection’s smart-casual aesthetic borrows heavily from Tokyo’s contemporary menswear scene, while high-end fabrics have been sourced from the country, too.
Grandad-collar shirting, relaxed pants, low-key suiting and the always-nonchalant socks-n-slides combo keep things casual, with a palette dominated by navy, grey and off-white making things even easier.
London’s Natural Selection lift the curtain on its SS16 “Autodidact” (that means someone who is entirely self-taught, by the way) collection. A grey-heavy palette utilizes jacquard-woven jerseys and neoprene across stripped-back menswear classics and adventurous kimono-style pieces alike.
Taking inspiration from architecture, the brand’s minimalist aesthetic focuses on cut, stripping away branding and excess detailing to allow the collection’s unorthodox fabrics do the talking.
Luxury eyewear label Dom Vetro head to the birthplace of the eyewear industry – the Italian alps – to showcase their FW15 sunglass styles. The alps are home to the Maestri, the original craftsmen who – alongside Venetian glassblowers and opticians – laid the foundation of modern eyewear. The Maestri still handcraft glasses to this day – including Dom Vetro’s.
Using Italian plant-based acetate and anti-reflective, polarized lenses, the brand’s shades come in a variety of refined styles and colors, with clip-on and wire-framed models offered alongside more elegant shapes.
TRIBE – an acronym/abbreviation of “Trust In Beauty” – was founded just last year by two Parisian students. Now the fledgling label unveils its FW15 collection, inspired by Edward Zwick’s movie Blood Diamond. The brand takes inspiration from the flick’s jungle setting, with camo, khaki and beige taking center stage with parkas, baseball caps and tees.
Just a small selection of gear is offered currently, although with Chris Brown and Parisian photographer Nabile Quenum already counting themselves as fans, we expect to see bigger moves from the brand in the future.
New York designer J Goldberg harks back to streetwear’s glory days with his label The Essence. Inspired by ’90s New York, his line drops a serious of statement outerwear pieces gratuitously adorned with slogans and graphics that nod to the Big Apple’s golden age.
Boxy anoraks, wool varsities and unorthodox trench coat/duffle hybrids are all dropped in head-turning color schemes, making this label ideal for both younger dressers wanting a bit of old-school flamboyance and veteran streetwear heads getting all misty-eyed about the good old days.
Hungarian knitwear label KELE drops a whole ton of cozy knits just as we’re at the height of sweater weather. Using strictly natural fabrics, the brand’s cashmere and merino wool knits are executed in vibrant, bright colorways for those that want to make a statement despite the freezing grey winter weather.
Contrast detailing, patterned jacquards and brave color combinations bring the brand’s collection to life, which also includes cozy loungwear and high-end sweatsuits for indulgent chilling and/or nonchalant stunting.
Copenhagen label Armoire Officielle’s SS16 collection is all about “celebrating the pleasure in subtle simplicity,” and the brand certainly keeps things low-key with a grip of menswear pieces executed almost solely in white and navy.
Dressing both up and down, the collection contains both suiting and grandad-collar shirting alongside zip-up hoodies, bombers and tees, embodying the minimalist look that so many Nordic countries excel at.