KTZ was founded in 1997 by the Japanese/Macedonian collaborative design team Koji Maruyama and Marjan Pejoski, Kokon To Zai is known for its aesthetic sense of Fashion.
They pay attention to detail jacquard, gem work; cut-out paneling and embossing are very recurrent on KTZ collections.
While SS14 was based in North Africa Berber esthetic, on Fall 2014(Ready-to-wear) they had a Moroccan slant, with a lot embroideries, organza t-shirt, and geometric patterns, oh! and leggings. There is a lot of mainstream appeal.
Hood by Air (http://www.hoodbyair.com)
Founded in 2006. Under the concept of “NO RULES” Hood by Air grew out of an initial line of graphic t-shirts with the word “HOOD.” It was founded by the New York designer Shayne Oliver. He takes inspiration from hip-hop, high fashion, the Internet, and the art world.
The truth is Hood by Air is storming the fashion establishment by its own terms. Olivier had already courter a solid fan base from fashionable celebrities like Kanye West or Rihanna.
SS14 collection was based in American military uniforms mixed with Space Odyssey and with a stroke of androgyny.
FW14 was base in the concept “Psychological warfare” Street wear influenced as always it had a beautiful leatherwork and denim was so detailed. It’s not punk, it’s not street wear, and it’s both and everything between.
The best? The gender neutrality it could be wear perfectly for a boy or a girl without distinction. Check it here:
En Noir (http://ennoir.com)
En Noir, in French, means “In-Black”. Founded by his designers Rob Garcia and CurT@!n$ in New York; En Noir tries to merge Fashion and Street Wear. (Preferably in its namesake color).
To be honest, En Noir and Public School (Our next brand named) approach more to luxury Sportswear than Street Wear.
SS14 makes great use of textures and prints over luxury sport wear. (Of course based in a monochromatic palette.) It is reworked with neoprene and other synthetics fabrics.
About FW14 was based in a all-black palette. Leather was the clear main character with slim pants and drop crotch pieces, biker jackets and military inspired parkas and bombers.
Public School was founded in 2008, by New Yorkers designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (both born and raised in New York City; and with Eugene Tong as consultant and mainly collaborator.) They get a lot of references from fashion, music and art.
Their design and manufacture and the full range of their collection in New York City while incorporating the best fabrics from Italy, Japan and American mills.
SS14 based in monotone aesthetic, Navy based. The collection was inspired by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. A lot of leather and laser cuts. Cool!
FW14 was full of immaculate tailoring mixing classic and urban styles. And multi layering pieces!
Pigalle was founded by Stephane Ashpool and since it grow up it is one of the most famous street wear French brands. The gear is VERY exclusive and you have to go to France to buy it.
They had recently presented its new Pigalle Basketball collection and also a few collaborations with Nike.
SS14 was so funny, more than the typical logo t-shirts, and mainstream hoddies! Based in a “LONG LIFE TO BASKETBALL” life philosophy full of baggy shorts, long socks and rich prints like floral, camo, and specked printed blue.
FW14 was based in a leitmotig print inspired by Morris Louis’s painting, so casual and relaxed, with lower silhouettes and warm-organic colors.
Stay Tuned to part2, so soon here in Only Dope