Interview: Future Proper Founders Even Dunlop + Adam Levite

A new online activewear destination pairs community with cutting-edge product

Launched in 2020, the retail destination Future Proper aims to question what it means to be active as it breaks down stereotypes pinning victory or defeat to a successful workout. Co-founder and CEO Even Dunlop, along with co-founder and creative director Adam Levite, found that most sites selling performance gear and athleisure steered their inventory and marketing toward athletes. For Future Proper, they envisioned a …

Bode + Microsoft’s AI-Powered Archive of Quilted Textiles

Dubbed the "Bode Vault," this system catalogs the finer details of an ever-growing collection

Emily Adams Bode‘s process favors the analog; sketching details passed along by collectors and artisans, repurposing vintage quilting textiles, enlisting skilled craftsman to replicate one-of-a-kind pieces and more instead of mass-producing her ideas. Her garments—released under her eponymous luxury brand, Bode—have won her the 2019 CFDA Award for Emerging Designer of the Year and the Inaugural Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation. As such, a collaborative …

Menswear Label Willem’s Contrasting Artistic Influences

Ahead of the brand's first-ever NYC pop-up, we speak with founder Sean McDonagh

Menswear brand Willem—under the direction of founder and creative lead Sean McDonagh—reimagines staples with contrasting artistic influences. The newest collection, FW19’s Pavement Preacher, includes nods to Dash Snow, Glenn O’Brien, Richard Prince, and silhouettes from Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider. When investigating “cowboy” style (which comes and goes), McDonagh saw an opportunity to address the root of its most recent resurgence. Brushing aside the trendier traits, …