Norwegian Rain + T-Michael AW14 Pitti Preview
It’s only fitting that the first entry on the upcoming series of collection previews, features one of the most impressive shown at the venue: Norwegian Rain. This time around the Bergen-based label showcased its outstanding creations alongside those of bespoke tailor T-Michael, one half of NR. Simply put, not only are these guys some of the nicest and most stylish individuals around, they’re also delivering one of the most unique concepts in the current menswear scene.
Within the superb ambience created for visitors, one could find exclusive installations and items evoking their universe of collaborations, as well as the core outerwear pieces from the upcoming line. Along with new colorways, fabrics and textures on trademark pieces, the biggest reveal were the new models on the “Arctic Line” which features shearling collars and linings, that utterly transform the lightweight parkas into full-geared versions able to withstand up to -20ºC. Besides the obvious aesthetic element this brings to the table, it also conveys a more versatile approach to the originals, allowing several combinations that ultimately make the most of your investment.
Ph: Beyond Fabric
Norwegian Rain SS14 Pitti Preview
As expected, Alexander Helle and T-Michael’s upcoming creations are nothing short of mindblowing. In my opinion, the duo has been delivering some of the most unique pieces I’ve seen to date, so much so, that even with a scorching 40 degrees in Firenze, I wanted to try each of them on… Instead of (simply) updating or restyling traditional garments, such as trenches or macs, Norwegian Rain is redefining outerwear as we know it, creating unique models that merge some of the most advanced fabric technology with high-end design. Definitely one to keep under the radar.
Ph: Beyond Fabric @ Pitti Uomo
With an outstanding duo comprised by bespoke tailor T-Michael and creative director Alexander Helle at its core, Norwegian Rain is another one to keep under the radar. Presenting a unique mix between “extreme outerwear and Japanese sensibility”, the project delivers polished alternatives for those who, like its founders, face the rain (almost) on a daily basis. Highly technical windproof and waterproof fabrics are merged with refreshing designs to make you look flawless, even if the weather doesn’t match…
Norwegian Rain AW13 Preview
When you live in Europe’s rainiest city, Bergen, Norway, chances are you grow tired of hiding your carefully put together attire under boring windbreakers or parkas. If you’re lucky enough to have a unique sense of style and aesthetical sensibility, such as creative director Alexander Helle, you might want to take matters into your own hands. This is the underlying premise behind Norwegian Rain.
Defined as a “sartorial take on extreme outerwear”, Norwegian Rain aims to deliver uniquely designed garments inspired by Japanese sensibility, while assuring the ultimate weather protection. This eclectic mix of styles and universes results in an outstanding collection of highly technical trenchcoats, capes and parkas you’ll actually want to throw on top of your other pieces.
Even if rain isn’t as much of an issue where you live as it is in Bergen, these items are definitely worth taking a closer look…