Last season we hosted a special shop-in-shop at Hickoree’s Floor Two featuring Japanese retailer Journal Standard. The event was highlighted by an incredible range of products developed collaboratively by Journal Standard and The Hill-Side. This spring, we’re excited to present a brand new lineup of Journal Standard and The Hill-Side shirts and pointed ties, based on a selection of intricately dyed and woven indigo fabrics from Japan.
There are fourteen pieces in the collection, starting with button-down shirts from Journal Standard, which use four beautiful indigo fabrics from The Hill-Side's fabric archive. Using a historical printing technique called “discharge printing,” these fabrics are dyed solid indigo, then printed with a “discharge,” or bleaching, paste to remove the dye, leaving lighter-colored designs on the indigo base. Whether it’s used to render unexpected palm leaves and tropical flowers, or more traditional polka dot and floral patterns, this technique produces designs with great depth and character.
We’re also excited to have two-pocket work shirts from J.S. Homestead — Journal Standard’s vintage-inspired brand — and pointed ties from The Hill-Side, made from five outstanding, skein-dyed indigo “Matsusaka Momen” fabrics. Normally used to make kimonos and other traditional Japanese garments, this fabric is entirely handmade in Japan, through a laborious process involving hand-dipping skeins, or loops, of cotton yarn in indigo vats, arranging the yarns in characteristic stripes and plaids, and weaving the fabric on antique, narrow looms.
A roll of finished Matsusaka Momen fabric traditionally measures about 12” wide and 10 yards long - considerably smaller than rolls of modern fabric. Due to these small dimensions, the shirts are constructed from twice as many panels of fabric as usual. It’s a tour de force of creative construction and pattern matching, and the beautiful, uneven colors of the fabrics make for truly outstanding shirts and ties.
Here’s is a sneak peek of Brooklyn Tailors debut women’s collection that soft launched in Japan this Spring! The image above, from L’Appartement in Tokyo, features our Sea Blue Washed Spanish Cotton Women’s Unstructured Blazer, our Sea Blue Spanish Cotton Simple Shorts and our Red and Gray Italian Cotton Checked Long Sleeve Shirt. The Brooklyn Tailors women’s collection will make its U.S debut this Fall!
Every year during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Wallpaper* Magazine puts on Handmade — an amazing exhibition of work from the makers and crafters of design, fashion, food and the magical.
For its fifth edition, Wallpaper* invited our Lovage team to set up shop and concoct three exclusive recipes, according to the meticulous techniques they’ve mastered in their Shoreditch juice and elixir bar at our London outpost. Handmade opened today and our peeps seem to have already adopted the Milanese accent. If you happen to be in Milan this week, come say hello and try some of our Dopo, Calma or Chiaro elixirs.
Handmade x Wallpaper*
April 8–12, 10AM–7PM
Via San Gregorio, 39
Photo via Wallpaper*