Woolrich has always been a part of street culture
Santis sat down with Andrea Canè, Creative Director of Woolrich, at our HQ in Bologna where they explored the company’s archive. The historic archive, which spans across two centuries, holds approximately 30,000 pieces of which 1,000-1,500 are original articles.
“Woolrich has always been a part of street culture”, states Canè. This, naturally, makes the collaboration process organic.
It’s certainly not a muted collaboration, the colour way is attention-grabbing yet the clever combination doesn’t offend or appear haphazard. The abundant use of jewel tones throughout the Aimè Leon Dore and Woolrich FW18 collection adds a certain richness which serves to amplify the impact– on an individual level as well as in its entirety.
The knitwear feels urban yet elevated and classic Woolrich pieces such as parkas and down anoraks are given a colourful reboot. The Aimè Leon Dore rough and tumble Queens b-boy stance is a running theme that is interwoven with the careful craftsmanship of each piece. Cut and sewn in Italy, there is a marked focus on production quality and handling of the garments.“Part of the success of Woolrich lies in the fact that we treat this historic brand honestly,” says Canè. “I believe that the collaboration with Teddy is part of the same process as he is one of the few emerging young designers with a certain taste for cultural heritage and strong product knowledge.”
I believe that the collaboration with Teddy is part of the same process as he is one of the few emerging young designers with a certain taste for cultural heritage and strong product knowledge.
A colour block down jacket, inspired by an original 80’s Woolrich piece, is quite the head-turner. The Teflon finishing combined with the highly durable 60/40 Woolrich fabric confirms this down jacket as heavy-duty certified. Quilted jumpsuits are also worn over sweaters with birds eye knit scarves loosely arranged as the figurative ‘cherry on top’.
Discover the Aimè Leon Dore x Woolrich FW18 collection below: