In today's culture of unprecedented hyped releases, it's hard to keep tabs on the quality drops of brands with less of a voice. While we pride ourselves on plugging you into the latest news from the labels leading the way, we love to provide a stage for lesser-known designers to do things differently.
So, we're committing to profile some unmissable recent releases that seem to have gone by unnoticed by the masses, but had jaws instantly hitting the floor when we caught sight of them at Highsnobiety HQ.
And unlike adidas YEEZYs and box logo Supreme, missing these lines won't necessarily mean having to part with hiked resell prices, while also guaranteeing that you're turning the heads of those who really know what's up in the fashion world.
This week, we enlighten you with three drops to have hit our radar of late, comprised of next-level leather patchwork designs, the second incarnation of Samuel Ross' ongoing subline, and some particularly dope monochromatic mountaineering gear.
New York-based Engineered Garments is known to bring Japanese aesthetics (c/o designer Daiki Suzuki) to classic all-American pieces and military-inspired garments. And though it's had its spot in the sun with its high-profile Vans collaborations, we couldn't let its latest release get lost in the SS19 madness.
"Suzuki never fails to disappoint," says Highsnobiety curator Rhianna Matthews. "This collection in particular is super nice, playing with different work and tech-wear shapes on a field vest and different styles of jackets. A personal favorite has got to be the BDU jacket – the fabric is made from premium nylon and is perfect for layering thanks to its semi-see-through look. And, as Engineered Garments is known for its quality, these pieces are sure to last you a lifetime, too."
Ashley Marc Hovelle
It tends to be those more garish, graphic heavy pieces that get the limelight each month, but we're all about those beautifully-done basics, too. To that end, Ashley Marc Hovelle has delievered with its latest line.
"If you're into those minimalist vibes, then Ashley Marc Hovelle is the perfect brand for you," says Rhi. "The brand plays with luxury fabrics and textures to bring some truly beautifully crafted pieces to elevate your spring wardrobe. The waffle shirt and trousers combo is an absolute dream ’fit for a relaxed day."
We love when a brand comes out of nowhere and just speaks to us. This month, that happened with Toronto-based Tired. Having only launched in the summer of 2018, its most recent output was added to our cart as soon as it came online.
"Tired is a brand I only came across recently, but I'm so impressed by the form and structure of the pieces," says Rhianna. "A stand-out for me has to be the chest bag which transitions into a tote, so simple yet so effective, and you're effectively getting double for your money.
"The patchwork trend continues to grow and here, it's been done to great effect on Tired's patchwork pants. The design is really well done and the fit looks amazing. Don't sleep on this brand!"
You might have caught our recent dive into the ever-growing relationship between performance wear and fashion, and while you can count on dope collaborations from Asics and Salomon to deliver on this trend, another brand to have caught our eye is Mountain Research.
"This latest collection is some of the steeziest tech and utility wear I've seen in recent times," says Rhi. "Some key piece here are the multi-pocket leg holster, survival vest and phisherman cap.
"The collection is made from lightweight polyester and cotton twill for easy, light wear and comfort, so you don't have the problem of these layering pieces weighing you down. We're also obsessed with the patchwork shorts, sure to elevate any summer outfit."
Oakley by Samuel Ross
OK, so it might seem like a stretch to call anything Samuel Ross does less than hyped – the man continues to kill it with everything he does. But are people sleeping on his Oakley line? We went crazy for the first collection last year, and the latest drop is more of the same ultra-futuristic minimalist technical wear.
"This collaboration is particularly special in my opinion as Ross ensures that Oakley's performance technology is fully utilized throughout the entire collection," says Rhianna. "This drop plays more with earthy tones, giving off vibes of rocky volcano-filled surroundings. If you're still interested in the first drop you can also catch it on sale here."
When you're looking out for the steeziest new collections to hit the online storefronts of retailers we frequent, it can be easy to overlook other channels. We came across Render Pause on Instagram recently and were particularly into what we saw of their latest drop.
"The pieces are super dope, and the quality looks great," says Rhi. "I'm really enjoying the smoke-tinted transparency of the bags and wallets, a nice way to go about the super on-trend transparent bag fad we're seeing in recent times that gives you that little bit of extra privacy while also letting you display what you want to from the inside.
"Another highlight is Render Pause's murdered out technical jacket. The details on this look sick – peep that SD card! This brand is definitely one to keep an eye on and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next."
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