One of the labels that stood out front and centre for us at Paris men’s fashion week was Haversack. It’s not often that you come across a collection where you would see yourself wearing every garment, but Haversack did just that for us this coming season. They nailed that fine balance between looking new while referencing the past, and especially in menswear where so much inspiration is drawn from vintage, it’s hard to maintain a unique and strong aesthetic without being compared to someone else.
For Spring Summer 16, they did their own take on a lot of our favourite vintage pieces like the Bombay bloomer, the grandad shirt, stockman’s coat, and much reference to colonial military. These elements like the collarless shirt, the palette of greens, browns, creams, and a juicy red, along with a bountiful amount of linen, have unleashed a power that transports us to the balmy weather of coastal Africa, with colour ways pointing us to the landscape and the feeling of summer.
We enjoyed the playfulness of the brilliantly styled look book, but more so when this playfulness was communicated with the tactile garments, flavoured by print and whimsical sizing. It feels fresh and ‘new’, new in the way that designer Koji Norihide put personality in reviving these classic silhouettes. In this sense, he has put his sense of style into the collection, creating pieces that fit together like a strange and wonderful puzzle. It’s that same flare that has made the look book sing the story so well, from the model’s fitting movement, to the straw hat and sandals that tie each ensemble into the great narrative. Bravo.
Have a look at their current line over here.