Matiere co-founders Scot Shandalove and H. Choi couldn’t help but look to the raw, unfiltered energy of punk rock to inspire the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2017 season. The collection, which features a mash-up of fibers, silhouettes and washes, pays homage to this historical movement and era.
London, the birthplace of punk, is the inspiration for the season’s fabric choices from dimensional Japanese wools with fur accents to Italian winter Tartans and monochrome plaids. Matiere’s signature activewear addition breathes an air of functionality into punk’s rebellious nature with acid-washed, over-dyed knit denim and elevated velour loungers. The brand strategically partnered with Schoeller Switzerland to develop a waterproof, breathable, M65 Merino Wool parka and matching cargo pant to withstand any climate. Taped seams, waterproof zippers and funnel neck hoods are the protective design details forming the vandal’s everyday armor.
Japanese yarn-dyed wools and wide wale cotton corduroy imbues 70s referential flavor, while camel hair French Terry leads the brand’s trademark lux lounge capsule. The Clash became literal with the collection’s layered influences informing a refined, crossbred style. After all, it wouldn’t be a Matiere collection without a thread of musical inspiration.