Jean Paul Gaultier
The space might be small, but it’s stuffed with character.
Lyndsey Butler, who closed her Lower East Side shop in 2011 after the lease expired, started itching to open a new NYC store in 2013. “Our collection is very leather-heavy and outerwear-specific, but we actually do a full…
Like many style enthusiasts, I like clothes with unusual details. I just often prefer mine to be hidden. So, sport coats with poacher’s pockets, boots with unseen straps, and pants with an unnecessary number of buttons. The newest project is a leather jacket with a special Japanese lining. I got the idea from Greg at No Man Walks Alone, who was working on a similar project last year until it fell through. Since I won’t be able to get one from him, I’ve been thinking about buying a jacket elsewhere, and then taking it to an alterations tailor to have the lining replaced. Ideally, the jacket would be a café racer, black and austere, constructed from a heavy cowhide, and accented with silver zips. It’d look tough and mean, but also have a special lining inside that no one would see. The only question is what fabric to use.
At the top of the list is boro, a Japanese folk fabric originally used by thrifty farmers and fishermen. Here, a large piece of cloth is repaired with scraps and rags over the course of a few family generations. The result is something that looks like a Japanese version of an American patchwork quilt, where hundreds of indigo patches are pieced together with roughhewn stitches. I imagine those various shades of blue would look fantastic next to black leather.
GIEVES AND HAWKES
Fall/Winter 2014 campaign
Matthew Holt and Harvey Newton-Haydon
Embroidered mid-18th-century Coromandel Coast palampore. Cotton with silk thread