Inside new apparel styles for men
Fall Styles, a close look
New styles, materials colors, there is a lot new about Allen Edmonds Apparel Collection. Ini Iyamba is the man behind our clothing collection. Here Ini gives us some insights into what we will find new for fall and beyond.
How would you describe the Fall 2017 Apparel Collection?
Athleisure. We hear that term a lot. What does that mean to you and how does it come into play in the Allen Edmonds Collection?
Athleisure/Athluxury, all that means to me is that the men’s business is finally accepting the influence of street and active lifestyle. It comes into play in the Allen Edmonds collection by infusing classic well known materials with elastane to create a more relaxed, comfortable garment that allows for ease of movement.
It is becoming harder to distinguish between work and weekend attire. What challenges does that bring when considering apparel for a new collection?
In other words versatility is key. What items in the collection would you highlight for their versatility?
The collection is full of versatile pieces like the “swacket”, cardigan, or sport coat. The swacket is a piece that can be worn simply with a t-shirt, or with a sport shirt, cardigan and jeans. The same can be said about the cardigan with the intarsia elbow detail. It can easily be paired with a t-shirt and jeans or with a sport shirt, tie, sport coat and jeans.
What is more important, the material or the cut?
When designing I don’t see this as either or. Along with the craftsmanship of the garments, the materials and the cut/silhouette of the pieces are essential and together they are the difference between a good and great piece or collection.
Just for fun, in terms of style - if you could live in any time period what would it be?
Honestly, I would choose now, because we have access to the most luxurious fabrics and technology. Plus we can create new styles but we also have the whole history of classics we can update. “What’s old is new, what’s new is vintage,” it’s great.