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19 July 2016

Afternoon Assembly

As the temperature rises, and the city enjoys a long-awaited heatwave, the bell rings to welcome the next edition of Jacket Required and the associated assembly of brands who prepare to join together at London’s Old Truman Brewery.
 
Attracting a range of up-and-coming labels, high-end contemporary collections and established brands, this morning we take a step inside spring/summer 2017, with a selection of key names that will line up for the next edition of Jacket Required, 27 & 28 July 2016.

 
Levi’s Commuter

 
The pinnacle of Levi’s product innovation, Levi’s Commuter delivers stylish, performance-driven solutions for the urban cyclist. Offering clothing featuring a series of cyclist-centric tweaks, the collection blends functionality and fashion for a range of climates and conditions, designed to perform as well as it looks.
 
For spring/summer 2017, Levi’s Commuter expands on comfort, coverage and durability with strong stretch fabrics, water and dirt repellence, reflectivity and thoughtful design details to enable an active, cycling-based lifestyle. Bottoms offer an expanded range of fits and finishes, tees and shirts come into the collection as base layers, while outerwear completes the look and provides layers of insulation and comfort against the elements. To offer the very latest advancement in wearable technology, the Levi’s brand became the first partner of Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard – teaming up to produce a Commuter trucker jacket featuring woven-in technology. With the simple touch of a jacket sleeve, cyclists can wirelessly access their phone and favourite mobile apps to adjust music volume, silence a call or establish an ETA on travel. Authentic, innovative and fashionable – be in the moment, on and off the bike.
 

Stance

 
 
Designed in California, worn everywhere. Stance began its sock rebellion in 2010, proving that originality begins with a single step. Having identified an undeniable void in the market, the brand began to craft socks with intent, passion and uninhibited boldness that are unique, daring, creative and distinguishable from all others. Showing that socks aren't just about necessity, but instead provide opportunity for personal expression and natural extension of originality – Stance socks are as imaginative, expressive and uncommonly cool as the people who wear them.
 
Stance Made in the USA was inspired by the movement of the American craftsmen who shaped their great nation by infusing the high standards of handmade goods. This range honours these innovators with hand-crafted, American-made socks that represent quality, ingenuity and dedication to the craft.

 
CROWTHER/PLANT

 
 
With its studio based close to the sea in Margate, CROWTHER/PLANT takes inspiration from the surrounding coastal environment – from its chalk reefs to its burning sunset skies. Holding sustainability and ethical consciousness at the cornerstone of its design-led ethos, the brand’s philosophy forges a path that brings together comfortable luxury and functional integrity – balanced in a directional sports-luxe structured silhouette.
 
Each garment is uniquely hand dyed with natural indigo in the brand’s workshop to give depth of colour, exploring the range of blues and giving a unique hand finish. Ensuring the best of British craftsmanship throughout, only the finest organic cotton is used to uphold the spirit and feel of the brand – creating a softened look and feel by plunging fabric into the Margate waters to embed the energy of the British sea spirit into each garment before it starts its journey across the world. For spring/summer 2017, CROWTHER/PLANT presents its Drifter collection, refocusing its gaze out to sea, taking inspiration from ships anchored off the coast that dot the horizon and from the seaweed visible at low tide. Garments themselves inspire movement and freedom, much like the ocean itself.

 
FILA Black Line

 
 
This season, FILA strengthens its Black Line collection, channelling more late-80s, early-90s pieces from its nostalgic archives. During this period, over and above its longstanding tennis and Italian roots, FILA developed a strong connection with basketball, in turn gathering huge Stateside popularity. Worn off the court by the likes of 2Pac, Notorious BIG and Salt n Peppa, the impact on all-American youth culture paved the way for the Black Line to emulate this legacy for today’s market.
 
For spring/summer 2017 – the FILA Black Line campaign, produced and directed by Rich Evans of Rich London, captures the underground spirit of the early Rap and Hip Hop era, while communicating the relevance of these styles to today’s market. Oversized branding, towelling and high-quality jerseys replicate an authentic old-school look, with some modern day twists giving old and new FILA fans something to play with.
 

TSPTR

 
 
TSPTR, or Truth, Symmetry, Pleasure, Taste, Recognition, is a brand whose characteristics remain a core part of its aesthetic – based on a modernist ethos of form follows function. Offering casual preppy style with a nostalgic edge, constructions and design pay homage to vintage Americana and collegiate looks by drawing influence from sportswear, surf culture, the 60s protest era, counterculture iconography, pop art and the use of iconic characters.
 
For the new season, London-based streetwear brand TSPTR continues its collaboration with Peanuts, employing retro graphics of comic icons Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang across authentic athleticwear, to produce seriously well-made garments in premium materials including slub yarn cotton, rayon labels and chenille with a playful, tongue-in-cheek sense of humour.
 

Palladium
 

 
In 1942, Palladium put its canvas and rubber expertise to use by making boots as hardwearing as the aircraft tyres it had been crafting for the aviation industry. Over 60 years later, the timeless design of Palladium’s signature boot is still as relevant as ever and available once again to explorers worldwide. In an evolving creative concept that places the spotlight on a series of undercover locations, The Palladium Boots Explorer Series is produced in collaboration with some of the world’s most respected creatives, uncovering and researching hidden locations and cultures across the globe.
 
The iconic boot brand continues to explore city subcultures – this season returning to London, arguably the world’s hub for innovative, young talent – to team up with Places + Faces, brainchild of photographers and multifaceted creatives, Imran Ciesay and Solomon Boyede. With Palladium, the duo journeys across the iconic landscapes of the capital, from emerging artistic communities, to late night grime parties in hidden locations, collecting friends and collaborators along the way. Gaining an insight into London’s cultural melting pot, the exploration gives a modern viewpoint on British multiculturalism that feels more relevant than ever before – all while wearing Palladium Pallaville Hi CVS in Pavement & Black, and the Flex Lace in Dark Khaki.
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