Engineered Garments Spring/Summer 2013 Collection
Engineered Garments takes its name from a pattern maker’s observation that the clothes carry so much detail the garments appear not so much designed as engineered. Head designer Daiki Suzuki brings his unique take on traditional American style to spring/summer 2013 with a collection that breaks down and reconstructs classic style, rather than aspiring to it.
The backbone of the collection is summer tailoring in cotton and linen. Cut for fashion rather than formality, these pieces make use of the anti-fit that Engineered Garments is renowned for. Roomy cuts that occasionally border on oversized create a sense of relaxation and completely opposes the slim fit that has become an institution within the industry. However, this comfortable cut is much more appropriate for summer than sharp, starchy suiting that would see most of us mere mortals drenched in sweat within seconds.
Sportswear influences are also present in the form of hoodies and technical fabrics, whilst almost all of the shorts fasten with a drawstring that instantly lends a sport luxe edge to any look, even when paired with shirts and blazers.
Classic Americana influences are provided by the patterns on display. Mixed checks are paired with seersucker pieces and nautical prints for a style that evokes Ivy league sensibilities without emulating them, especially as traditional elements are undercut by the novel designs.
Whilst ‘timeless style’ is a much sought after goal within men’s fashion, and rightly so, Engineered Garments takes a different approach – setting its own breakneck pace to avoid any accusation that men’s style can become rather stale.
At the same time, the collection draws on familiar influences but takes a far more playful approach – mixing things up rather than trying to emulate the past.