Over our 16 year existence we've worked on numerous collaborative projects with Fred Perry, and this latest venture pays just as much attention to the details as any other. We've teamed up with them on a new capsule collection for 2016 that draws inspiration from classic pieces, reinterpreting them for modern day living.
The editorial features British musician Elliott Power, who's ethereal voice combined with considered lyrics channel aspects of the music he grew accustomed to while growing up. Releasing his debut LP last year as a collaborative release between Marathon Artists and seminal experimental icons Mo Wax, his unique sound stems from a youth soundtrack of Jamaican sound system culture and early pioneer's of what later became categorised as 'trip-hop'.
The apparel aspect of the collection consists of four parts that include a pique track jacket and matching bottoms, polo shirt and short sleeved t-shirt. More of a considered, formal take on a classic tracksuit, the addition of pleats down the centre of the legs pay tribute to Fred Perry's history as a traditionally British brand, tailoring the fit to the wearer with zipped cuffs.
To accompany the clothing, we've altered the standard issue leather presentation of the classic Umpire and overhauled it with full hairy suede uppers, accented with premium leather hits on the heeltab and tongue. Branding across the whole shoe is farely tame, with Fred Perry's historic 'Laurel Wreath' debossed into the tongue label and a clean script imprinted into the suede sidewall. Subtle perforations run across the sidewalls of both shoes as seen on the original version, and the interior is finished off with a leather sockliner and insole. All round it's a very clean result that complements the apparel perfectly.
The size? Exclusive Fred Perry 'Umpire' Capsule collection will be available online and in selected size? stores on Thursday 1st December.