Liberty London for Fred Perry Blank Canvas

Apr 12th 2010

Fred Perry is pleased to announce its new ‘Blank Canvas’ range with the iconic Liberty of London which sees two quintessentially British institutions join forces to collaborate on a collection of classic Fred Perry product. Launching internationally in April, the range includes four classic Fred Perry pieces styled using two of Liberty’s timeless prints; ‘Mark’ (paisley) and ‘Edenham’ (floral).

Items include four re-worked classic M12 polos, two in Black with Ecru tipping and two in white with Larkspur and Berry Red tipping. The polos have then either been printed all over in each print or have a more subtle Liberty touch with the Edenham or Mark print on the inner collar and placket. A short sleeved shirt fully printed in both Liberty designs and the Classic Fred Perry Black Harrington Jacket with Mark lining complete the Blank Canvas collection.

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The story of....... Comme des Garçons - Dover Street Market & PLAY

Apr 07th 2010

With a fantastic array of collections from some of the World`s most sought after brands now on offer from Triads, we feel the time is now right to give you a more in-depth look into some of the brands we currently showcase. This may be a piece on the brand history, the latest collections on offer or maybe even an interview with some of the highly talented people who are responsible for bringing to you, these beautiful products.

When looking for the first on our roster, we felt we needed a brand who have been influential for numerous years, a brand who have not only changed the way we think about fashion but have also been credited with influencing a whole range of designers and artisans. From Marc Jacobs to Hiroshi Fujiwara, Muccia Prada to Jil Sander, when Rei Kawakubo launched her Comme des Garçons collective over 40 years ago, little did she know the impact her burgeoning young company would make on the fashion world.

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Before we go into the CdG collections on offer, we feel it necessary to first give a little insight into the origins of Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons.

Although their story began in Tokyo, Japan in 1969, it wasnt until 1981 that CdG showcased their collection to a European audience with their debut Paris show. The collection created a storm of controversy for its predominant use of black and distressed fabrics. This initial controversy led to an excitement unrivalled by other more "established" European designers of the time. The revolution had begun and the rest of the fashion world would finally be turned on by their mind blowing aesthetics and products termed my some which "spin out of control, whilst never losing control".

Comme des Garçons for Dover Street Market

Spring/Summer 10 see`s the introduction of the Comme des Garçons for Dover Street Market collection, a very tight collection featuring only a limited number of products available exclusively in a carefully selected number of the worlds coolest boutiques.

So what is Dover Street Market you may ask? Well DSM is the multilevel store conceptualised by Rei Kawakubo herself. As well as selling Comme Des Garçons lines, other designers are personally invited and "accorded 'creative spaces' to open a section of the store and design it in any way they wish while often selling limited edition pieces made only for DSM. As Kawakubo puts it herself; "I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision."

The Comme des Garçons for Dover Street Market collection embodies this same ethos, "Comprising a well-edited collection of menswear separates, the style of this collection embodies the DSM spirit: relaxed, accessible and discreetly irreverent."

In the current collection we have the beautifully crafted Nylon Biker-style jacket, the Made in Italy logo Scarve and two styles of Raw, unwashed denim, all of which feature the now unmistakable DSM stencil logo.

You can view the collection here

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Comme des Garçons PLAY

Whilst the design duties of a number of the Comme des Garçons collections has now been handed over to chief protege Junya Watanbe, there are still numerous CdG collections designed by Rei Kawakubo herself.

One of which is the PLAY collection, a more streetwear inspired casual collection which encompasses both Mens and Ladieswear. Featuring beautifully illustrated graphically-driven designs, the PLAY collection is perhaps best known for its now famous PLAY heart logo, designed by Polish born New York City artist Filip Pagowski. Produced originally for another CdG project, Pagowski single handedly created one of the most visible and recognisable icons of his generation.

For further insight into how the logo came to be, we have carefully selected and edited a brief interview given by Pagowski himself:

How did your relationship begin with Comme des Garçons’ Play collection? Were you familiar with Rei Kawakubo’s work before working under their commission? How did the eyed-heart character come about?

"PLAY heart image happened simultaneously with, but independently of the creation of the PLAY line. It’s as if we both were affected subliminally by each other’s work. I submitted it for another CdG project, for which it never made it, but eventually it resurfaced; making bigger waves as a logo for the PLAY line. By then I’ve been already working for CdG, on and off for about 2 and a half years. Of course I was familiar with Rei’s work. I discovered CdG in the early 80s and was a fan ever since.

And then came my collaboration in 1999. What’s funny, is that Rei Kawakubo, did not realize I did all these things with CdG before. She “discovered” my work and wanted to use me based on that and not on some social connection. The PLAY logo happened just like that! I remember working on something, while all of a sudden not connected to anything, I got this idea of a red heart with a set of eyes. I drew it instantaneously and the first draft was it. The rest is history."

Again, the PLAY collection is produced in limited numbers and available through a handful of stores, and we at Triads are proud to house such an illustrious brand.

You can view the Comme des Garçons PLAY collection here

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