Penultimate’s Dazzling DIY-Influenced Collection

Garments that test the boundaries of high-end fashion

The third collection from NYC-based designer Xiang Gao’s Penultimate label—titled “Good Night, God Bless, Beautiful Boy”—blurs the boundaries of both gender and garment. Part sculpture, part collage, and entirely wearable, each piece feels concurrently elegant, beautifully crafted and DIY. Gao’s fantastical arrangements of fabrics (from knits to denim, quilt and flannel) drape in unexpected directions and draw the eye to atypical details—subverting traditions of couture. …

Naadam Cashmere

The luxury knitwear brand gets sourcing and materials right, working directly with Mongolian nomad herders

Naadam does cashmere right, by responsibly sourcing the best materials possible. The luxury knitwear brand partnered with nomadic herders raising Hircus goats in the Mongolian Steppe. The fine, warm undercoats are harvested by hand each spring, during the molting season and the soft fibers are then spun and produced into pieces of the highest quality in Italy. There are your standard essentials like crewneck sweaters …