Witness This cruised amongst the black and white of Le Beau’s LA launch party this last week. Seriously everyone at this party was wearing either black or white. It was hard not to be inspired by Le Beau’s latest line, shown to us by Nicholas Routzen who did his best to educate over jams by Erik Hart, Ross O’Carroll, Becka Diamond & DJ Whitney. The tee/tank cuts are duel gendered and as deep-necked as always. Materials soft and loose fitting, graphics clean and dialed. Beautiful people is the name of the game at these parties and we took part in a lot of trailing off conversations due to the amazing people watching. Lash is in the heart of the city and as we closed down the party and headed on our way, new tees in hand, we found ourselves walking quickly to dodge some shady street characters that surely just wanted a Le Beau’s Los Angeles Tee of their own.
Supreme New York is a brand that has always had my attention. Although I don’t fall in love with every piece they release, this most recent release of jackets is really interesting. Collegiate meets street meets workwear seems to be the theme of the line and the patterns stand on their own. Stand-outs for me are the tank top and the navy letterman jacket.
I was shown the work of Louise Despont recently and I spent the next 45 minutes infatuated with her work. It feels as though I had come across undiscovered scriptures from another time, or better yet another world. Her work seems to dance between eerily beautiful obsessiveness and formulaic geometry. From afar her work seems meticulous and computer generated, however as you get closer you can see that the graphite from her pencil is far from perfect and the sketchiness and beautifully human nature comes clearly into focus. I have featured some of my favorites from Louise, however I encourage you to visit her site here, or go see her work live (showing at the end of November in New York City).
We love a good t-shirt and Le Beau makes damn fine t-shirts. There has been a buzz building around a recent line of tees made for girls and guys designed in New York and produced in Los Angeles. Photographer Nicholas Routzen is the mastermind behind the line. He tells us he not only took most of the photos featured on the tees, but he also designed the line himself taking into account cut and material to insure an absolutely flawless tee. His inspiration comes from immersing himself in the world of fashion and design, which he does everyday (he is a well-known photographer based in New York). It can be hard to really know what apparel looks and feels like by seeing it online, so we sent out for our favorite tee from the selection and test drove it ourselves.
Perfect. The tee arrives in 2 days, one day before it was expected to. When we open it, it’s wrapped in a classic black paper. It already feels premium.
One of our favorite aspects of the tee has to be the attention to detail. The interior neck screen print is impeccable, it’s design speaks to high fashion in the typography, but references clean contemporary in the black x. Size callouts are a simple black tag on the inside which keeps things simple. Even the hang tag feels impressive. The design on the front looks even better in person, and the screen print is solid and looks to have been produced with care.
This is probably the most important part and in the case of this tee, it’s by far it’s best asset. We have to admit we were a bit skeptical when we saw that the tees are made to fit girls and guys and maintain the same cut throughout, however in the case of Le Beau’s custom blank design, it’s obvious Nick did his homework. It fits perfectly; loose, but complimenting the neckline and stays fitted to the body without ballooning out. Casual but sophisticated seems to be the verdict here.
Soft as hell and buttery to the hand. It’s a pleasure to wear this with layers or by itself as it breaths but isn’t too thin. The tees are all made from 100% Modal and they are preshrunk. Modal is a type of rayon that is resistent to shrinking or fading and is a bit thinner then most cotton spun fabrics.
Overall we were really excited by what we have seen so far. Check out some photos of extremely good looking people wearing Le Beau and make sure to check out their online store.
If you are in NYC in the next month go to this show. Trustocorp raises the bar in economically, political, and sociologically charged print art and sculpture. Whether you are angered or fired up about it, it’s relevant to our time and well worth a visit.
head over to mashkulture to see photos from the exhibit.