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Brand:18 East

Collection: Drop Three

Key Pieces: The overall offerings are solid but some of the standouts include the Charlotte travel vest in espresso Japanese sherpa, the Mandu Jungle jacket, the intricately patterned shirt jacket on slide four, and tee on slide 9, the all-beige fit on slide 10 and the brown-colored pair of trousers with a Printer’s tee on slide 14.

Editor’s Notes: After debuting its second drop last fall, 18 East now unveils its third drop, and first of 2019 with a 23-piece capsule.

For this drop, creative director Antonio Ciongoli focused on the country of Vietnam and utilized its diverse traditions in printing, weaving and embroidery. In particular, the usage of Hmong indigo batiks and Cham weaving​ is prominent on the standout Charlotte travel vest and Mandu Jungle Jacket. In addition, 18 East implemented the liner and geometric patterns of Cham handloom brocades into the trim of the Kelsang camp shirt and Karma easy pant.

Next, the brand presents its offering of 100% hemp knitwear with the Dihn crewneck that features hand-knotted frog closures at the shoulder, and the Van crewneck which mimics the distinct embroidered batik hemp fabrics traditionally woven by the Black Hmong people.

Furthermore, 18 East aligned with LA’s Standard Issue on a Printer’s tee defined by pigment-splashed detailing, creating one-of-a-kind variations on each, with all hand-numbered. Lastly, a partnership with California-based denim upcycling brand Atelier & Repairs unveils a run of 50 pairs of unaltered fit 501s that have been composed of Vietnamese vintage fabrics such as handwoven hemps, batiks, Cham weaving and embroidered indigos.

If you like what you see, you can find the collection on 18 East’s online store on March 7 beginning 11 a.m.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night

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