The Highsnobiety inboxes are inundated on a daily basis 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 menswear cut with up-cycled vintage fabrics to Italian-made activewear. Get to know these brands before they’re massive.
LA label Bristol was started by former college basketball players Luke Tadashi and Tommy Nowels. The brand’s modern take on streetwear includes slimmed-down bombers, plush suede blousons and classic Breton-striped tees, with a healthy dose of peach hues thrown in for good measure. Like so many West Coast brands, Bristol focuses on chill, low-key styling.
The brand has already picked up a sizable selection of retailers across the USA, so we imagine you’ll be seeing plenty more from Bristol and its classic-yet-modern garments in the future.
Australian-based footwear and accessories designer Christian Kimber uses his Savile Row training to produce a series of classically styled sneakers imbued with high-end sensibilities. Shades of blue, tan and grey mirror those found on the glass and sandstone facades of Melbourne’s Federation Square (which is also the name of the designer’s latest collection).
Kimber’s signature Cumulus, Byron, Siglo and Lorne styles are all inspired by past icons of footwear design, and have been meticulously handcrafted in Italy. If Kimber’s footwear isn’t enough for you, then there’s also a range of premium pocket squares, bags and pin badges — ideal for those who want to wear sneakers without sacrificing an air of sophistication.
The alias of a Polish artist-cum-designer, Filip Roth unveils a set of minimalist men’s pieces imbued with utilitarian and industrial motifs. An all-black palette allows for deep interplay between a broad mix of fabrics, while intricate paneling, straps and zippers add workwear-inspired quirks to the label’s pieces.
Italian label Les Géométries utilizes modern, sporty fabrics like lycra, neoprene and nylon to mix modern styling with on-the-go practicality. Loose cuts and athletic materials allow for improved range of motion and flexibility, while contemporary designs and silhouettes ensure that the brand’s pieces are wearable for almost all occasions.
Both men’s and women’s garments are offered, too, marking Les Géométries as yet another label demonstrating that style doesn’t have to come at the expense of practicality.
Parisian label Pièces Uniques furthers its hometown’s legacy in clothing via a set of on-trend contemporary streetwear. Bombers, trucker jackets and overcoats are paired with Japanese-style wraparound kimonos, while pants sport shredded knees and sporty front zippers.
A highlight of the brand’s current offerings is no doubt the fuchsia-hued kimono, which has been cut extra-long to mimic a traditional overcoat. If a bright pink overcoat isn’t a statement piece then I don’t know what is.
A collective of style-conscious youths, Sports Club drops a series of branded pieces inspired by ’00s-era sportswear. Hailing from the Swiss city of Zurich, the brand’s vision of streetwear is naturally less American-tinged, with Nike tracksuit pants and Air Max sneakers styled alongside its pieces for a quintessentially European take on streetwear.
The brand may only be offering a small grip of basics so far, but reflective detailing and a choice selection of accessories (shout out to those reflective New Balance running shoes) ensure that the brand gets its retro-futurist take on athletic gear across regardless.
Another exciting new brand from LA, Longjourney takes the principle of “upcycling” and applies it to modern, streetwear-inflected menswear. All of the brand’s garments are cut from vintage fabrics which have been meticulously rehabilitated and repurposed — an approach which even made it to a set of luxe furniture made in collaboration with Stephen Kenn.
The brand’s website is pretty bare at the minute, but you can find its gear at high-end retailers including Barneys, colette, Maxfield, Alchemist and The Webster.
For more undiscovered talent, check out the rest of our Under the Radar series.