It's always interesting to see utilitarian-inspired clothing from a non-US perspective, mostly because the words "American" and "workwear" have been yoked together for better or worse since as long as anyone can remember. That classic, sturdy craftmanship has been a sartorial obsession for designers like Daisuke Suzuki: His cult Japanese-based line Engineered Garments pays homage to the built-to-last American standards of yore, with an entire collection of menswear that's produced in traditional US mills and factories—now sadly the last of a dying breed. British menswear designer Dominic Stansfied, on the other hand, is quite a different kettle of fish. His self-titled line, Stansfield, takes bits and pieces from American workwear but the overall effect is decidedly English and heavily influenced by the industrial history of his hometown Manchester. We featured the debut collection last year in issue #44 and the line only seems to be getting bigger and better. Stansfield pays devilish attention to pocket detail, and his work always encompasses subtle patchworking too. In the wrong hands a technique like this could end up on the wrong side of crafty, but with Stansfield it's polished genius, like this new shirt in shades of grey.
Stylee Fridays: Stansfield Spring ‘09
October 31, 2008