Last Thursday marked the debut of the VLONE FW17 collection, a manifestation of designer Bari’s creative vision that he carried since childhood. Honeyee.com US had the opportunity to visit the showroom for closer look at the line.
The entire line represents an elevation in fabric, construction, and tailoring, with production based in Japan, Italy, and Los Angeles – the Harlem-native’s current base. Leather was sourced and produced in Italy while denim while the rest of the collection was all made in Japan, save the “Friends Collection,” which took shape in Los Angeles a fitting nod to West Coast style gothic embroidery.
Details exhibited a commitment to process for the sake of achieiving the highest quality product. Denim jackets emblazoned with the brand’s iconic “V” were produced in a grueling process that requires 20,000 needle pricks, taking 5-hours for each jacket. A particular highlight in the assortment was the distressed denim styles, which were specially crafted by a storied denim artisan in Okayama who does all his work by hand, sewing and distressing with such detail that he is only able to produce 3 pants a day. Off-setting the vintage look were elongated stretch denim (also made in Japan) with rouching at the knees, designed to mimic the classic New York style of stacking denim on top of Timberlands. Goose down liner jackets were fashioned with clips at the nape of the neck for use in layering with any jackets customers already own.
A surprise in the showroom were pillows, also made in Japan from the same flannel made famous in the collection. Additionally present in the showroom were 1 of 1 vintage reworks, not pictured because different designs will potentially be specially made for the pop-up events during the “Money Tour.”
Photos by @_bvdu