Inside new apparel styles for men

Ini Iyamba Allen Edmonds Apparel Designer

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?

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Ini Iyamba

This season’s collection was inspired by versatility, ease of movement, and luxurious touch and feel of the garments. These are pieces that move with you, can be worn in a lot of different business or social situations and feel as good as they look.

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?

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Ini Iyamba

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.

man in sport coat and v-neck sweater

It is becoming harder to distinguish between work and weekend attire. What challenges does that bring when considering apparel for a new collection?

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Ini Iyamba

To be honest this is how I have viewed and designed clothing for the Allen Edmonds customer for some time now. The clothing should be able to cross the lines from work to casual and look at home in both situations.

mens goat suede field jacket, corduroy pants and boots

In other words versatility is key. What items in the collection would you highlight for their versatility?

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Ini Iyamba

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.

Men's knit blazer Swacket (In Store Only)

What is more important, the material or the cut?

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Ini Iyamba

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?

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Ini Iyamba

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.