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design eye: the new spring line

Posted by leighann | February 22nd, 2011 | Filed under Design Eye

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This month, Peter talks about his inspirations behind the new spring line, and why it’s different from seasons past. We caught up with him just before he left for Project in Vegas…

Thought Kitchen: What were some of your main inspirations for the spring line?
Peter: In the spring, it’s more about crafting a minimal wardrobe. In a lot of ways, the spring offers even more personal pieces that blur the line between technical and sportswear. This season was about taking the time to look at items from a very minimal, how-they-fit-into-the-wardrobe kind of aspect.

How is this line different from previous spring seasons?
We have some incredible new fabrics that allow this expression of “less is more.” We have a 2.5 layer fabric that we are using in the Wafer Pullover. It’s so light and modular in its sense of movement. And there’s the Palm Pullover which uses the fabric that we’ve had in the line for awhile, with the Lightbeam series. But we revisited it and out of that came this simple pullover. Overall, this new line pays more attention to fabric and considers how someone can complete their wardrobe, as opposed to just having a few little items. It’s a more complete collection.

Would you say this collection has a theme?
Yeah, the whole collection has this sense of movement, whether it be physical or global movement. I think it reflects this sensibility of moving across the world. So each one of the items in the collection is a keystone, whether it’s the Single Hitter or the Pad Stash or the Stylus Wrap (coming soon), there is this meta-theme of movement in the whole collection.

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So how do these ideas carry over into pieces like the Populus Blazer or the Out-skirt?
The Populus Blazer is a really great example of this. It’s a soft-structured, deconstructed blazer that is tailored and mature without being stodgy and boring. It has just enough structure to feel styled without being lazy. It sets the tone for the collection by blurring that line between casualness and performance. And it offers this sense of discovery.

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The Out-Skirt is another great piece because I love how blurry the silhouette has become. The soft structure of the linen fabric can feel so raw and unappealing, but by adding the cotton, it becomes casual, kind of effortless. The cargo pockets make it utilitarian. However, instead of a bulky cargo pant, you have this really sexy, confident skirt.

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And the Rift Henley. How can something so basic, feel so special? Just by torquing what is expected, whether it’s the symmetry of an item, or the grain, or the direction of a stripe, or the cut lines to make it feel more fragmented. This style represents that disrupted breakbeat that can be pretty interesting in a day. It brings you back to life. It’s that soft little tap on your shoulder that’s a reminder of the real world around you as opposed to this track that we step in each day. It’s unfamiliar. It’s a soft little tweak on something obvious.

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What’s the new design inspiration section all about when you’re shopping on the website?

Think of it as little haikus. Like little momentary quests, or expressions, a series of little poems.

So it’s like an ode to the garment?
Yeah, exactly. It’s like a visual sketch of a bigger picture. Because if the bigger picture is ultimately using these vehicles to get people to understand new ways to create things out of sustainable materials, then these are the verses to something bigger. So yeah, the design inspiration is like little pieces of prose.

You’re off to Vegas in a few hours for Project, the fashion conference. What are you going to wear?
I’ve already envisioned it. I have to bring stuff that blends seamlessly from the trade show floor to going out in Vegas. So the Populus Blazer, the Free Range Shirt, a few pairs of pants, and I’ll mix it up with a few different shirts. It’s four days, so basically, I’ll pack it all in the Fluent Traveler. Think of it as a versatility test in Sin City.

I’m sure that’s not the only thing that’s tested in Sin City.
Ha….(long pause). That’s for sure.

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