Hi, sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with everyone. As you can imagine, Fashion Week was extremely hectic and having to battle between attending shows and working offered me little time to stay true. Soon, friends!
To keep you interested, here’s a guest blog post from Marcus.
Loving the rain and loving clothes used to leave me in a quandary, debating between practicality versus fashion. But no longer! I decided I wanted my cake and I wanted to eat it, too. After moving to the Bay Area, I quickly realized that weather of the precipitous kind required a certain amount of craftiness, if I was to get around without ending up drenched or stuck in a big yellow plastic poncho.
It all comes down to choosing the right fabrics. Gabardine is woven to be naturally water-resistant and a number of high-end brands like Acronym, W)taps, Visvim, and Junya Watanabe have incorpated waterproof fabrics like Gore-tex into their garments. But knowing what to not wear is just as important: authentic vintage tweeds will often have their color fixed with animal urines which can give off a ghastly smell when they get wet. And I’m sure it goes without saying that you want to try and keep your woolen items dry, too, as the combination of moisture and heat will make wool fibers will lock onto one another and shrink. (A fix that requires time and patience is to wet the wool again and stretch it back to the right shape, letting it dry without heat.)
Since today’s weather forecast called for rain, I opted for waxed cotton, which is just a regular cotton fabric with wax that is applied and bonds to the fabric for a windproof and slightly waterproof coating. My new DRKSHDW jacket and Gram shoes are both waxed and let me step in puddles and brave light showers without fear. I also prefer darker clothing whenever it’s raining because I’m not a big fan of the “wet t-shirt contest” look. I hope this helps you guys stay dry and dapper.