Store Visit: Osklen, Miami
I’ve been keeping a close eye on Osklen since 2007, back when I lived in Florianópolis (Brazil) and had a chance to really get in touch with the brand. Although my personal style has come a long way since then, evolving and adapting to a more mature perspective, all of the pieces I purchased at the time are still present in my wardrobe. As such, I was pleasantly surprised to come across the brand’s Lincoln Road store during my recent stay in Miami.
Founded by Oskar Metsavaht, a gifted creative director working in a myriad of areas such as fashion, design, media and social-environmental projects, the brand carries a distinctive trademark aesthetic and universe which embodies all of the above. As a worldwide renowned patron of ecology and sustainability, Oskar stands at the helm of the “new luxury” movement, focusing on how top tier fashion labels can be run in a sustainable, environmental-friendly way. Osklen is, as expected, a paramount player in this field.
As a matter of fact, it’s a serious player in many others as well, alas without the rightful praise it deserves…In my opinion, Osklen is one of the most underrated luxury labels out there, namely due to a stagnant misperception that associates it solely with beach and surf wear. Although there’s an undeniable influence of its Brazilian roots in each collection, beachwear is but a part of a more complex, luxurious universe. So much so, that in 2011 it was awarded the title of “Emerging Luxury Brand of the Year”.
A closer look at the current SS14 collection, for instance, reveals a wide spectrum of exquisite offerings including suits, blazers, shirts, knitwear and the much sought sneakers and loafers. This would be the minimum requirement for any collection, if it weren’t for the fact that every single piece stands out on its own, be it through design and details or the high-quality fabrics and techniques used in its manufacturing. Garment-dye and prints are applied to 100% natural fibers such as soft “brushed” organic cotton and linen, while unconventional materials such as salmon skin make their way into sneakers…all with outstanding quality. That being said, next time you step into an Osklen store consider carefully browsing the entire collection instead of the swim shorts alone.
Miguel Amaral Vieira
Vans x KIROIC SS14 Collection
Another outstanding collaboration merging Rorschach’s tests with traditional Chinese ink-painting techniques, this limited edition run of 250 pairs is exclusive to China.
Taka Hayashi x Vans Vault SS14 Chimayo
Buttero embraces woven leather for SS14
On the list #2 - Buttero Footwear
Breaking the habit #2
Following the first entry on the series, where I focused the more traditional full suit look, it’s time to get down to business with the so called breakdown. As I addressed before, breaking down a suit consists simply of understanding its full potential and changing your perspective: instead of perceiving it as a whole, look at each piece individually, be it a two or three-piece suit. By doing so, not only are you able to expand your wardrobe alternatives, but also get the most value for money from your investment which, depending on the suit, might be considerable.
This time around, the look revolved around the pants from the windowpane wool suit: this is actually one of my favourite ways to reach a well balanced attire, combining elements from both polished and casual aesthetic. The undeniable elegance of cuffed slacks sets the perfect canvas for more relaxed combinations, such as the crewneck tee and bold orange v-neck sweater, which layer beautifully under this unique vest-interpretation of the peacoat. Off-white leather sneakers and a lightweight cotton cap add the final details to the look.
Details: peavest by Tonello, v-neck sweater, ribbon belt and windowpane slacks (part of a suit) by Purificacion Garcia, crewneck tee by Levi’s, leather sneakers by Paul Smith, cap by H&M.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira