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Editor’s Notes: Patta's FW22 collection has dropped on the Highsnobiety Shop, delivering graphic offerings from a collection that includes army surplus riffs, spray-paint effect graphics, hip-hop references, and its own spin on streetwear's current obsession with getting preppy.
The Dutch label knows how to mix things up and for every Nike Air 1 collaboration it releases, you can find a fine piece of tailoring or a collegiate sweater. This is evidenced in its latest collection, where Patta has nailed the fine line between Ivy League snob and streetwear veteran to a T.
It's got all the makings of classic American prep: embroidered chinos, varsity jackets, oxford shirts, and a sweater thrown over the shoulders of a model — but all of this is re-contextualized by the Dutch label. And the knitwear is where it really exceeds.
Who knew when founders Edson Sabajo and Guillaume' Gee' Schmidt started reselling sneakers in their hometown of Amsterdam that they would end up creating floral print cardigans? Or a cable-knit sweater that could be straight from a J-Crew catalog? And who knew that it's what we would be lusting over?
The label's selection of cardigans and crewnecks are the highlight of the collection, for me at least — but don't think that it's forgotten its routes.
"Behind each element, is a story waiting to be told about where we came from so we can know where we are going," the brand says about the collection. It might have dipped its toes into knitwear and oxford shirts but Patta's obsession with hip-hop and New York counterculture is as strong today as it was in its first releases.
Diving into its founder's formative years crate digging at Amsterdam’s Fat Beats record store manifests itself into prints with slogans such as "we gotta rhyme all the time." And co-founder Edson Sabajo's fascination with New York informs graffiti-covered jeans and sweats — plus some of the pieces directly reference his early personal style.
To echo what we said about the brand's SS22 collection: there really is something for everyone.