Wacky Wacko (aka artist/musician Seth Bogart and artist/designer Peggy Noland) has just released a new range of towels, covered in their signature kitsch-meets-punk designs. Our favorite of the four is the GRRRLS towel, which pays homage to NYC girl group The Chiffons, Swiss punk band Kleenex, English experimental rock outfit The Raincoats, and more. Measuring 34 by 66 inches, the towel is made from 96% cotton and is covered in artwork by Bogart.
Founded in NYC by The Vaccines’ guitarist Freddie Cowan (then relocated to East London in 2018), the elevated essentials brand Basic Rights aims to produce all of their limited-run garments with ethical transparency. An homage to the early days of rock music, their boxy, short-sleeve Rockabilly Shirt is crafted from 95% surplus tencel and 5% linen. Only 10 units of it have been made. Through a partnership with Trees for the Future, the brand plants one tree for every article purchased.
Layered with thoughtfulness, this collaboration launches on what would have been Jake Burton’s 67th birthday in an edition of 1,977 units to commemorate the year he debuted his brand and birthed an industry. The set features a stainless steel Shinola Duck watch, a replica Burton Backhill Board (The BB1) and a 288-page coffee table book documenting Burton’s life journey. Also included is a leather cooler bag and accessory pouch with additional memorials.
Fields Outfitting’s founders met at the University of Buenos Aires a few years before deciding to translate the values of the Argentine bombacha de campo (traditionally worn by gauchos) into durable, contemporary pants. From their collection, the Flat-Front Navy Field Pants marry historic inspiration with inspired accents. Composed of 97% cotton and 3% elastane and produced in small batches in Buenos Aires, these pants offer a bit of stretch for comfort and versatility.
From James Yip and Lucas DiPietrantonio’s footwear brand NERA, the Model One Fang looks to classic car culture for design inspiration but channels the values of historic Italian craftsmanship. The limited run Model One pairs 100% Italian lamb suede with nylon and a toothy neoprene heel. It’s not all style, though, as the brand is predicated on comfort and advancements in technical engineering.
For years, Romance Was Born has created apparel featuring artwork by beloved Australian author, illustrator and cartoonist May Gibbs. These Obelia shorts present the character surrounded by marine flora, coral, sea anemone and more. The story (published in 1921) tells of Little Obelia, who slept in a shell on the ocean floor, with wisdom growing inside her, until she came out and was raised by Ragged Blossoms, eventually becoming Queen of the Fish Folk. While the tale was written for kids, the all-over print garments are playful without being childish. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Northcott Society and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Price is in AUD.
Jessica Tse’s NOTTE Jewelry joyfully embraces the early 2000s without appearing entirely retro. The brand recently brought back one of their favorite designs, the Bloom Bloom earrings. The chunky hoops feature a diamond-cut flower charm and are tarnish-resistant gold-plated. Made by hand, they are available as singles or in pairs.
Tokyo-based Suicoke is no stranger to collaboration, and have just released their latest collection made with Danish design brand HAY. In four different color-blocked versions, the DEPA 2.0 sandals are intended for all genders. The eye-catching hues were selected by Mette Hay, and are inspired by the brand’s own spring/summer 2021 collection of homewares and furniture. Pairing bright red with pale pink, deep plumb with emerald green and more, the combinations simultaneously contrast and complement. The silhouettes are classic Suicoke and feature an adjustable Velcro strap and a foam-rubber sole. Stylish but utilitarian, these sandals are ideal for all kinds of summer adventures.
From Comme des Garçons SHIRT (one of the brand’s diffusion labels) and featuring an abstract print by legendary NYC graffiti artist Futura, just how “floral” this tote bag really is remains in the eye of the beholder, but there’s no denying it’s colorful and playful. The polyurethane outer isn’t quite waterproof, but should protect from drizzle or well-placed spills. With a cotton inner lining, the bag features two top handles and a shoulder strap.
From Eldridge St’s cult favorite Yokkoyama Hat Market, this cap pays homage to the store (in Mandarin) and its New York City home (in Spanish). Owned and run by Hirohisa and Lewis, the store sells their designs, as well as plenty of offbeat apparel and accessories. This one-size-fits-all cap is available in various colors and fabrics.
A fusion of Reebok and Maison Margiela’s distinct footwear characteristics, the Club C Maison Margiela Sneakers are the latest release in an ongoing collaboration that launched in early 2020. The silhouette evokes Reebok’s iconic Club C tennis shoes, which originally debuted in 1985. Maison Margiela’s artisans utilize trompe l’oeil to mimic the effect of stitching on what is otherwise an upper cut from one single piece of leather. Though announced 16 March, the sneakers will not be released until 24 March.
An ode to the Upper East Side icon—The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel—Frame’s off-white crewneck sweatshirt sports the institution’s elegant crest in contrasting green. LA-based Frame looked to NYC (as well as the late ’70s) for their spring 2021 collection, from which this 100% cotton garment and a few other Carlyle pieces are drawn.
Retro elements abound within Tombolo’s many garments, one being this “Disco Fungi” cabana shirt. Made from 100% cotton terry, the top features six images of mushrooms, embroidered on either side of the five-button, pointed lapel collar. Not only delightfully kitsch, terry cloth is breathable and absorbent—so much so, the brand claims that the garment can be used as a towel, “in a pinch.” The material also has an environmental benefit: it needs much less water to grow than conventional cotton. Intended for all genders, the shirt is available from XXS to XXL.
New York-based studio and publisher Pacific produces all types of publications—from zines to catalogues—centered on contemporary art and culture. To celebrate the simple, but crucial, joy of choosing and diving into a title, Pacific made a series of caps with the word “books” embroidered on them. Available in various colorways but just one size, the caps are made from 100% organic cotton.
Made from a blend of cotton, cashmere and S.Cafe (a material derived from recycled coffee grounds), Naadam’s Café Hoodie comes in two colors: navy or sage. This ultra-soft, more sustainable fabric offers odor-controlling, moisture-wicking and UV-protecting capabilities. Plus, the final product proves lightweight, as well as invincible to pilling and wrinkles. The brand recommends dry cleaning or hand-washing with cold water.
Represent Mott St’s beloved noodle spot Big Wong with their Made in Chinatown collaboration sweatshirt. Designed by Harry Trinh, the garment is adorned with gold embroidery on the front and with images from the eatery’s menu on the back. Available in small to XL, the classic boxy design is intended for all genders. All proceeds go directly to Big Wong.