Home Studios A/W16 Press Day: Sandqvist, Edwin, Bethnals...
Naked Fashions is attending a lot of press days this month, but the menswear department is still lacking a little.
We were pleased to be invited to the Home Studios Press Day showcasing new lines from Edwin, Sandqvist, Portuguese Flannel, Roux, Otho, Bethnals and others for their upcoming AW16 Collections.
Personally I’m a big fan of Edwin denim and Sandqvist backpacks. Two brands I know and trust.
Japanese brand; Edwin have released several new lines for both menswear and womenswear, and I have to say I was not the least bit disappointed. From tees right through to their jeans; I could’ve picked an outfit right there and then.
Swedish brand; Sandqvist are actually due to open a new store in Soho, the first in the UK I believe (but don't quote me on that). The backpacks displayed showcased a variety of styles appealing to both the city traveller and wilderness explorer.
I gained a newfound respect and love for Otho after speaking to a member of the Home Studios team. They explained that Otho is a one-woman company and every item is made to order. After feeling the materials used on her garments I was pretty blown away by the level of quality in each item and to know that they’re all handmade is just a bonus in my books.
Portuguese Flannel showcased a mix of shirts. Now you can never go wrong with a good flannel shirt, it’s a casual must have. The softness of these shirts however was beyond me, I found myself sifting through the rail trying to decide which was my favourite.
Speaking of soft, Lou Dungate displayed a range of cotton and cashmere scarves and throws, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t return to that rail twice over just to cop another feel.
The other brands showcased were just as beautiful but not to my taste so I don’t really have much to say on them.
There was however, a menswear brand called Roux which I've never heard of before but I was very impressed by the design. I’m a big fan of minimal and definitely support the saying that less is more. With simple designs just tweaked slightly and the odd splash of colour Roux caught my eye. Also the branding was similar to that of many other streetwear brands going for box logos and plain text. Loud but elegant and sophisticated.
Shoes. Always a big deal. The array of boots and flat shoes on show was pretty big, all sticking around this pastel colour palette, showcasing browns, blacks, greys and creams. You can tell just by looking at them that these aren’t exactly cheap however didn’t manage to try a pair so aesthetic is the only judgement I have, in terms of quality.
There were a lot of brands that I'd definitely love to style, let me know which pieces are your favourites!