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Japanese label Comme des Garçons has been the training ground for some of the most exciting and challenging designers around today. Protégés of Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe (CdG’s founder and star pupil) include Chitose Abe at Sacai, Junichi Abe at Kolor and White Mountaineering’s founder and chief designer Yosuke Aizawa.
Fusing functional outdoor wear with the technical expertise he gained working under Watanabe, Aizawa launched White Mountaineering in 2006. Collections combine elements of workwear and traditional Americana with technical fabrics and directional silhouettes. Now in its 10th year, White Mountaineering has established itself as one of the most intriguing labels in fashion, exhibiting collections in Paris, Milan and Florence, and collaborating with the likes of adidas Originals, Barbour and Saucony.
For AW16, White Mountaineering serve up some ideal layering pieces, graphic-led sportswear and a dash of Watanabe-esque patchwork. The coach jacket is always a go-to piece in Aizawa’s collections – the streetwear staple is elevated to a level of near-perfection, with its precise cut, weather-proof fabric and imposing graphic motifs. Check out the 2-Layer Down Blouson – a perfect layering piece for the winter months, which can also act as a jacket itself. Its articulated cut gives it a sleek fit and bonded seams reduce cold air and moisture penetration.
Got outerwear fatigue? Our fave piece from this latest drop is White Mountaineering’s Patchwork Pants: made of a series of tonal olive panels, these slim fit trousers epitomise Aizawa’s approach of vintage Americana-inspiration meets technical excellence.