TOOLS AND CLOTHING FOR ARTISANS
words/images Judith Ecochard
An open house for a fashion/design collection-complete with good food and great company---yep, we're there. Especially when the host KAI D---celebrates New York City by gathering a collective of craftsmen, artists, entrepreneurial creative types-integral to his brand of clothes-as providers of accessories, as models for his latest lookbook-or as friends.
|Jonathon White-woodworker/carpenter/model-w/ Kai D.|
|looks from the Spring line hung up inside a tent that had gold miner's vibe|
|casually structured blazers-made from sturdy canvas cotton, denim, or soft cords...|
... all carefully constructed---with tailored details worthy of a Savile Row atelier---fused with American sensibility---as in soft to the skin, vintage-type fabrics---carefully sourced, utilitarian pockets carefully placed, lined garments-that can almost be worn reversible...polished, casual attire with a lot of hand finished details...yes---finished carefully.
KAI D also offers a Custom Design Service----probably the hippest tailor ever---that will take one's favorite blazer -for example, and add inside pockets for smartphones...signature embroideries, or outside pockets with materials that'll give an item-a signature look.
An anti-disposable mentality---KAI D believes in long lasting garments made with integrity---not fast fashion. We think---a very Euro way of looking out building a wardrobe cased within a distinct Americana mindset.
|map of the five boroughs-made from pieces of fabrics from the collation----with biz cards---pinpointing the craftsmen/women's plae of work|
|functional vest-lined with vintage materials----a classic made special|
|Farm To Baby co-founder Lauren Utvitch-organic/natural food delivery service|
|solid wooden trays hold and-sewn handkerchiefs, ties, bow ties|
|detail sketch of Harnett Linen Military Jacket|
|proprietor-jeweler, chef, craftsmen-Colin Chinchar|
|Chinchar/Maloney Fine Wears Handmade in Brooklyn|