#AimeLeonDoreAimè Leon Dore x Woolrich

Aimè Leon Dore x Woolrich

Led by Teddy Santis, Aimé Leon Dore is an urban fashion and lifestyle brand based in Queens, New York. Founded in 2014, the young brand offers a unique perspective that has been described as ‘sartorial meets streetwear’. Santis, who was brought up in Queens proudly takes inspiration from his Greek heritage, New York city ‘pickup basketball’ and 90s hip-hop which were all influential elements that shaped his upbringing.
Following the success of their first concept store in Manhattan's SoHo neighbourhood, the Queens-natives just opened their New York flagship along with a new addition to the ALD family in the form of Cafè Leon Dore. The cafè, which offers Greek and French inspired coffee, tea and pastries, is designed in the sophisticated aesthetic we have come to expect from ALD.

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.

Layering is clearly the star of the show in this vibrant, streetwear-inspired clothing collection as the garments are deliberately draped on top of each other which serves to highlight the versatility of the pieces. Chunky fisherman knit sweaters are worn over brightly coloured hoodies. Short sleeved down jackets with drawstring sleeve detail are styled over cosy sweaters.

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:
https://www.woolrich.eu/en/gb/aimé-leon-dore/