Tim Coppens Suede Blouson
With luxe hide detailing a prevalent design trend for several seasons running, the leather jacket is enjoying a triumphant return to the sartorial limelight.
The variety of choice for such styles is numerous – does one opt for a vintage leather? A textural suede number? And what shade? Chocolate brown, tan or classic black?
Rising menswear star Tim Coppens has the answer to your sartorial leather dilemmas, in the form of his ultra-contemporary suede blouson. Fresh from his SS12 collection, this rework of a retro-closet classic is as stylish as they come.
Belgian-born Coppens initiated his namesake label in 2011, after having studied at the prestigious fashion academy of Antwerp. Shortly after graduating from design school, Coppens became the leading light behind Adidas’ high-end activewear line, before moving to New York to take up a post as design director of Ralph Lauren’s luxury sportswear label, RLX.
An avid sports enthusiast himself, Coppens’ snowboarding and cycling pursuits have contributed to shaping his unique design ideology. Intending to “express a modern vision of masculinity” with his clothing, Coppens’ meticulously designed garments emanate an unashamedly sport-luxe feel; an ultra-desirable aesthetic that’s been a key source of inspiration to designers across the board for the past few seasons.
Despite being a relatively young label, Coppens’ collections have already been snapped up by Barneys of New York, London’s Dover Street Market and Toyko’s high-end department store, Isetan – a rather substantial feat for a label that’s barely a year old.
Fusing casual sportswear with dressier menswear elements, the ‘Coppens look’ is all about luxury hybrid appeal. Taking pride of place in the highly lauded SS12 collection is the covetable chocolate-brown suede leather blouson.
Skilfully cut from buttery soft leather, this ultra-desirable jacket features chrome-finished zips and popper buttons and is finished with a conspicuously-cool button-down collar. The perfect blend of contemporary edge and vintage-revival panache, this sumptuous jacket has the chameleon ability to sit well over tailoring as well as casual apparel; versatility of wear is the ultimate goal of the label.
One try, and you’ll wish the warmer weather away, just so you can wear it all year round.
Available online now at Barney’s.com.