The Highsnobiety inboxes are inundated on a daily basis with new menswear 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 men’s jewelry to fictional football teams. Get to know these brands before they’re massive.
PATH is the work of German designer Janine Grosche, who was trained in Berlin, and now resides in Beijing. The label presents a new vision of masculinity, pushing it into androgynous territory. Grosche’s pieces are executed in a striking palette of dark greys and bright yellows, with unusual double arm-holes allowing many of her pieces to be worn in different ways.
Billowing trousers, sporty track jackets and XXXXXXL-length belts all pack a real visual punch — making PATH one for the fashion-forward dressers out there.
Italian design collection Pulpher presents a FW16 collection of tongue-in-cheek, nostalgic streetwear. Included in the lineup of head-turning bangers are some frayed and ruched denim chaps (dubbed “Pussy Wagon” — Kill Bill anyone?), and a head-turning, flame-adorned double denim combo of flared jeans and trucker jacket.
If those ’70s-flavored pieces are a bit too much for you, there’s also a selection of graphic tees and hoodies adorned with similarly nostalgic motifs.
Manchester label Sampaix drops a selection of contemporary, forward-thinking streetwear pieces. The young brand comes through with some reversed, seam-exposing sweaters, mega-boxy short-sleeved zip-up crewnecks and a variety of obscure graphic pieces. As always, there’s some more low-key pieces available if the collection’s standout palette of mustard and fuchsia isn’t your thing.
Less a label, more an unorthodox experiment and personal project, Parisian creative Pablo Attal has stitched, altered, printed and painted a small collection of gritty streetwear pieces, which include half-and-half sewn tees, printed jeans, knock-off Gucci graphics and even some imaginary collaborations with UNKUT (the brainchild of French rapper Booba), Levi’s and BAPE.
Promising stuff from Attal, and while the pieces you see above won’t be officially released, we’re looking forward to seeing what the designer comes up with in the future.
Named after the muscle located on the top part of the foot, FC Dorsum is a football-inspired team in both name and nature. Taking the theme one step further, the brand/team’s logo is the Dorsum moth, and its five stars motif comes from the moth’s expected life span of just five weeks.
FC Dorsum’s collection of fictional sportswear includes graphic tees adorned with various football-inspired motifs and some sneakily appropriated pieces from some of the biggest names in the athleticwear game.
KHND Studios is a label hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, and it applies its country’s illustrious design heritage to modern streetwear pieces, blending trademark Scandinavian elegance with sporty fabrics and modern silhouettes. Included in KHND’s SS17 collection are quarter-zip windbreakers, sporty track pants and some crisp, clean bombers.
London men’s jeweler Northskull drops a selection of new pieces inspired by the concept of altrove (which basically means to be distracted or in another place). Taking cues from tribal jewelry and utilizing a variety of materials including onyx, natural bloodstone and brushed metals, the pieces offer quiet, refined style while still providing striking, interesting aesthetics.
Leon Emanuel Blanck
German designer Leon Emanuel Blanck is inspired by dystopian sci-fi motifs, and each piece of his avant-garde luxury collection is meticulously crafted in his home country. Blanck’s arduous pattern-cutting technique takes up to 70 hours of work, and is intended to work in close tandem with the anatomy and shape of the human body.
Interesting textures and fabrics — including raw, primitive leathers — further accentuate Blanck’s sculptural, abstract approach to clothing design.
Hailing from Indonesia (which is establishing itself as quite a hotbed of young talent), PMP Denim presents a new line of, you guessed it, denim pieces. Military-inspired menswear styles sit alongside the brand’s jeans and indigo-dyed pieces, and a particular highlight of PMP’s FW16 collection comes from the Snoopy-adorned chore coat you’ll see in the gallery above. Proof that there’s exciting Asian fashion to be found outside of Japan and Korea.
Specializing in cropped, trucker-style jackets, Walkers Appeal is a line of Spanish-made menswear that skips retailers in favor of a direct-to-consumer model. That means the brand’s goods are priced way lower than they would if a store was involved, allowing them to offer high-quality jackets for not much more than a hundred bucks.
Included in the brand’s latest collection are stylish, classic pieces crafted from rayon, cupro and denim.
For more undiscovered talent, check out the rest of our Under the Radar series.