Brand Looks To Underground Art For Inspiration

London-based menswear brand Berthold has given FashionBeans an exclusive first look at its SS15 lookbook.

Austrian-born designer Raimund Berthold looked to the work of photographer Michael Wolf for inspiration for the latest collection.

Wolf’s 2010 work, titled ‘Tokyo Compression’, centres on the Japanese capital’s underground system, showing commuters crushed against train windows during packed rush hour journeys.

As a result, Berthold’s references include “plastic, either clear or molten, the texture of food wrapping and latex”.

Abstract prints, created in collaboration with artist Tara Langford, also feature on oversized looks, which have become Berthold’s signature cut.

Continuing the commuter theme, car seat belt tape and narrow cotton webbing has been used for fastenings on trousers and jackets, as well as details on shirts and t-shirts in black, white and yellow.

Outerwear uses technical fabrics, such as a waterproof hooded jacket which can be folded into a small pouch.

“As always I have been looking at the details of vintage rainwear and fastenings and there are some photographs of insects too,” added Berthold.

Looks shown include a bomber jacket paired with an elongated t-shirt and above the knee shorts, all in black but covered in a bleach effect print.

The SS15 collection will launch in January, with prices starting from £130 for vests and £475 for jackets.

UK stockists are yet to be announced, however current season Berthold is available from Autograph Menswear and Other Shop.

Berthold SS15 Lookbook