Tuesday, October 23, 2012

KAI D Menswear-Contemporary Casual


Chelsea, NYC

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.

inspiration board

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...

The Spring 2013-in what we would call The NEW AMERICAN ARTISAN collection---is also the moniker of a project launched by KAI D. ---all "dedicated to help build this community, because we are in it."
Key pieces-vests with the perfect fit, single pleat pants, cozy chambray long sleeve shirts tapered to fit, hand made-handsome bow-ties and ties, versatile office to casual jackets and blazers ...

... 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.

inspirational quotes-abound

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