ACRNM officially released their Spring/Summer 2017 collection today through their website and many of their official stockists. The release sees the return of familiar staple styles as well as a few brand designs. Among the most exciting items are the J25-WS, a packable A-frame parka with a great full zip hood. The P25-DS are a brand new pocket design that is ultra wide and dropped crotch made from the breathable dry skin material. These are some of the widest pants ACRONYM to date.
Also of note is the return of the J1A with a new zipper and added TEC SYS webbing. I really like the new shoulder block on it as it includes 2 new detached shoulder pockets. The P24-S is also back in a more minimal format. Much of the drop has already sold out on the officiate site. Luckily there are a good selection of other stockists including END, Haven, HBX, Bdga, Hanon Shop, Bureau Belfast, Revive Michigan, Belief Moscow, Notre Shop, Darkside Initiative, FRWRD, 18 Montrose and Firmament Berlin. Check back on this post as I’ll continue to update as more stores put up their selection. Feel free to comment with your thoughts on the collection and your pieces from it.
Stone Island Shadow Project provides a video accompaniment to it’s Fall Winter 2016 collection. The production quickly cycles through the different looks featuring sweaters, hoodies, tees, jumpers and technical hard-shells. The video quickly flashes through the elements and provides a closer look at some of the innovative details/features on various garments. Perhaps trailblazer sci-fi author William Gibson described this clip best in his tweet “That Stone Island Shadow Project video that @erlsn just tweeted is as Neuromancery as anything I’ve seen”.
Yesterday say not just the release of the ACRONYM x Nike Presto Mids, but also the unveiling of the collection itself. The German based techwear pioneers present a strong array of pieces for the colder weather months. Outerwear wise two designs really steal the show in my opinion; the J43A-GT and the J53TS-GT. These two designs have all the functionality expected from Acronym outerwear but the feel and fit of the pieces is precise and refined. Other new highlights include the J57TS-SS bomber jacket, the P24A-DS cargo pant.
Acronym continues to build momentum and a worldwide fanbase, but the downside of their growth is that their products are selling faster than ever before. Some items from this season are already sold out on the ACR website. Luckily there are a good selection of other stockists including END, Haven, HBX, Bdga, Hanon Shop, Bureau Belfast, Belief Moscow and Firmament Berlin.
I have been posting items from some of the key techwear brands for some time now. Pieces by the likes of ACRONYM, Stone Island and Y-3 have been some of my recent grails. I had the chance to write a little introductory guide to techwear for Grailed. In it I cover some of the key basics – softshells vs hardshells, a rundown of waterproof materials, and the top brands to look out for. Check out the feature over at Grailed.
Yesterday saw the launch of the new season from ACRONYM. The spring collection is more focused on layering pieces and pants than it is on outerwear. There’s a great mix of returning classics and new styles. One of my favorite new pants ACR put out is the P20. It’s a tapered pant based on a new idea for mechanical knee articulation. Other highlights are the Nemen J28 jackets which come in 4 colors. Each is beautifully object dyed with a different gradient. Another highlight is the J1B-S , which essentially acts like a remix of the classic J1A.
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Nikelab quietly dropped new items from the ACG collection today. The product is in-line with the new design ethos and direction set by Matt Parker and Errolson Hugh (leader designer at Acronym). The ACG tech shirting features a water resistant nylon material with details like discrete zippered pockets and articulated sleeves . The pants and crewneck play off the Nike tech fleece fabric and are slick updates to the standard tech fleece designs. Best of all, the price point on the gear seems to have gone down a good 20-25% from the debut collection making the ACG line a more attractive value to techwear enthusiasts.
Browse the full collection of new pieces on Nike.com.
After a brief quiet spell, EYES & SINS returns with an immaculate outerwear line ‘PROTOTYPE-ZERO / 零式’.
The small range is a logical evolution from the graphic tees released in the past. The line once again draws inspiration from military items, utilizing details such as buckles/fasteners and multifunctional compartments that contribute to both the form and functionality of the garments.
This is an impressive first foray into more elaborate items from the GFIRMG family. The 「14F-ES-JM01」RE-REPRODUCTION 01 BOMBER (see the Third Looks Best MA-1 Feature) has some great details including Articular sleeves, darting/stitching details and numberous functional zippers and pockets that should help users carry around daily essentials. Also of note is the 「14F-ES-AV01」ENGRAM MULTI-CHAMBER
which operates as a vest with multiple Pockets / compartments.
Three of the items are available now online with more to drop soon. Looking forward to seeing more on the trench and pants in the collection personally. I’m excited to see the GFIRMG team transition from leather goods to graphic tees and now a full fledged cohesive collection.
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Nexus VII and Stussy have teamed up for a capsule collection entitled ‘Rainy Dayz’. Previous collaborations between the two labels have resulted in some awesome outerwear and this joint venture follows in that pedigree. This gore-tex shell is a pullover-style combined with a fishtail design. Other key design elements include sleeve snap button pocket, waist snap button pockets and contrast braided drawstrings. The piece comes in purple and black but it appears the black version has already completely sold out online.
$720CDN / $675USD from Haven
Techwear often comes down to features and this duffle coat from Stone Island Shadow Project has all the bases covered to get you through many a winter. Even if you don’t get the opportunity to field test this piece in the harshest of conditions, you’ll quickly notice the unique wool fabric on PW3 which is a waterproof wool fabric with 3 composite layers. Without getting bogged down in details what that means is that you’ll stay warm and dry without overheating thanks to the breathable membrane in between you and the outer shell.
You can get it at Haven but it’ll set you back $1150.
Techwear masters ACRONYM have released a video of their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The surveillance lke video has a visual style that harkens back to VCRs and CRT televisions. Select womens and men’s pieces can be seen in the short clip. As always ACRONYM has come strong with a host of features on the garments and a slick visual presentation.