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3.1 PHILLIP LIM
Phillip Lim started his own collection 3.1 Phillip Lim with business partner Wen Zhou in the Fall of 2005. The first collection was distributed worldwide in 15 different countries. In 2006, his collection was selected to open the world famous New York Fashion Week. He received the Rising Star Award For Women’s Apparel by the Fashion Group International. While working for the brand “Development,” Mr. Lim perfected design traits such as style, simplicity, individualism and integrated all of them into his collection. His collection is well balanced and easy to wear with his silhouette, attention to detail and materials. He incorporates femininity into his women’s garments which can be worn casually. The 3.1 Phillip Lim Collection reflects his love of NY and the needs of the fashion forward who live in the wonderful city. With his new found success, Phillip was inspired to create a men's collection which debut for 2007. The same year, he received the honor of winning the 2007 CFDA Swarovski Award of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum as well as opening his first freestanding store in New York City. At the helm of a pioneering contemporary brand—designing women’s, men’s kids, accessories, shoes, underpinnings—Lim is one of the most talented and successful young designers today. The brand is now available in over 50 countries and 400 boutiques and department stores worldwide including 5 flagship stores.
ACNE
Founded in Stockholm in 1996 by four creatives, Acne’s ambition was to create and develop a lifestyle brand through the production of desirable products as well as helping others build their brands. This ambition led to diverse assignments in advertising, graphic design and television production. Acne witnessed a space in the market for denim and utilized this forward thinking nature to create 100 pairs of unisex jeans. The denim garnered press and short thereafter leading boutiques wanted to carry the characteristic jeans with bright-red stitching. These are the foundations of Acne. Acne’s stores are known as studios as they aim to recreate the atmosphere of a working creative space. Located in various countries including Stockholm, Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Oslo, Acne Studios designs, markets and distributes fashion apparel and jeans worldwide.
AIAIA
AIAIAI is dedicated to developing high quality audio products for every day use. Informed by a heritage of Scandinavian design, AIAIAI strives to create high quality, accessible audio products that hold their value far beyond trend driven aesthetics. Their modern, minimalist headphones and earphones deliver a clear, amplified sound. Headquartered in Copenhagen, AIAIAI is proud to contribute to Denmark’s worldwide reputation as a leader in acoustic and electro-acoustic design and engineering. The company boasts a renowned network of industrial designers, audio technicians and DJs as part of its unique and highly collaborative development process. Exploratory and experimental, the process enables AIAIAI to develop new products on the leading edge…independent of current market trend.
ALEXANDER WANG
As a Native Californian, Alexander Wang was born and raised in San Francisco and has a Chinese-American family heritage. At the age of 18, he moved to New York CIty where he attended Parson's Design School and partook in a variety of internships. By his sophomore year, Alex was already designing the first collection of his label Alexander Wang, which was predominately knits. He launched his full women's collection in 2007, selling internationally to over 150 boutiques and retail stores. He now resides in New York City's Lower Eastside, where there is never a shortage of inspiration in music, life, reality and culture. In 2008, Alex was recognized by the fashion industry with the Ecco Domani Emerging Designer Award, and with a nomination for the 2008 CFDA Swarovski Womens Wear Designer of the Year Award. Most recently, he was chosen as one of the ten finalists for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award.
ALEXANDER YAMAGUCHI
Alexander Yamaguci was born in Kagurazaka, Tokyo. At age 10, he started customizing vintage denims with his mother’s sewing machine. When he visited the U.S. years later to surf, he was captivated by Los Angeles and decided to relocate. Alexander launched Alex B, the forerunner of Alexander Yamaguchi, in 2001. Since 2005, he has been introducing his collections in New York and Paris. Receiving favorable recognitions for silkscreen prints by hand and cut-and-sewns with established unique cutting, his lines are carried at select shops and high-end department stores in the U.S. and Europe. Appreciating vintage clothes, Alexander designs clothes from his unique perspective, focusing on silhouettes and wear comfort. Through travel, Alexander is also inspired by cultures, arts and architecture and is integrating these various elements into his designs.
ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS
Ancient Greek Sandals are handmade in Greece by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques that have existed for centuries. The chemical-free, natural tan leather ages beautifully with time and wear. Born and raised in Greece, designer Christina Martini has a BA (Hons) in footwear design and product development from the prestigious Cordwainers College (2000). Christina has previously worked as a shoe designer for Balenciaga (2008-2010), Louis Vuitton and Iris SRL. Nikolas Minoglou was born in London and raised in Greece. He has a MBA from Babson College (USA), and in 2006 returned to Athens and took over the family's well-established footwear business. The collection is inspired by ancient Greek Gods and myths, pottery, jewelry and sculpture.
AR
AR was created as an extension of Aloha Rag, a brand that has proven Tatsugo Yoda’s discerning eye for fashion through his success as its owner and buyer for the past 25 years. In 2010, the New York Atelier was established to house a place to create the AR collection. Being continually inspired by travels to fashion cities throughout the world including New York, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, AR integrates its own style and artistry. The classic-yet-edgy collection is a take on nostalgic American basics, as well as timeless reinterpretations of military wear. Since its first season, the collections founded on this concept have been loved by internationally known high-end retail stores as well as customers from Aloha Rag in both Hawaii and New York locations. The undeniable high quality and function of these pieces has been appreciated and acknowledged, leading to the launch of our SRPLS line, a collection of basics and everyday wear inspired by successful pieces from the main collection.
BALMAIN
Pierre Balmain was born in St Jean de Maurienne in Savoy in 1914. After studying architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and working for fashion designer Edward Molyneux and Lucien Lelong, he founded his own fashion house in 1945. Balmain, Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga were the design giants responsible for reenergizing lavish couture dressing after World War II. His talent as a designer lay in his ability to make simple, tailored suits as well as grand evening gowns, all with the same aesthetic of slender and elegant lines. After Christophe Decarnin was appointed creative director in February 2006, the label that was once known for ultra-elegant evening attire with a draping and pleating focus, transitioned toward tough-chic, thigh-grazing, body-skimming looks to embrace the quintessential trendsetting French party-girl. In 2011, the house of Balmain announced the appointment of Olivier Rousteing who was in charge of the Women’s Wear design studio as its new Designer to supervise the design and development of both the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections.
BAND OF OUTSIDERS
Band of Outsiders was formed in January 2004 in Los Angeles, California by Scott Sternberg. The brand is approached as a vessel for an ever-growing archive of ideas and projects that draw from a strong, personal sense of nostalgia for American menswear classics, balanced with a drive for innovation and quality in all of our products. Each of the brand’s tailored pieces are hand-made by the craftspeople at Martin Greenfield Clothiers, a 100 year-old tailoring factory in Brooklyn, New York. The collections are sold in over 125 doors worldwide, and are featured regularly in publications such as GQ, Vogue, and the New York Times magazine amongst many others.
BELLEZA BY N
Belleza by N is based in Hawaii. The designer developed a discerning eye for fashion through her success as a buyer for a boutique in Japan. She pulls inspiration from her travels, which she does a lot of, being married to a DJ that performs at venues around the World. Belleza by N began when the designer and her best friend searched for an “N” pendant—an initial that they share—that they both could wear but couldn’t find a suitable piece. She decided to create their own pendant exactly as she desired. She began creating custom-made jewelry for her friends which helped her gain a good reputation before fully developing the label. “Belleza” is a Spanish word, meaning the quality of being good looking and attractive. It’s the designer’s wish for each wearer to be attractive both externally and internally.
BLACK CRANE
Black Crane is a brand by Alexander Yamaguchi and Momoko Suzuki. Black is a key color to the designers as Alexander and Momoko are deeply interested in their Japanese roots as well as ancient Japanese culture and civilization. Focusing on a silhouette that complements supple lines and comfort, their collection is characterized as minimal and edgy. Alexander and Momoko also consider environmental issues seriously and all production processes including fabric weaving take place locally in Los Angeles. Alexander who is skilled in silkscreen printing and patterning, also has his own brand, under his name: Alexander Yamaguchi. With Momoko’s background in environmental art and architecture, they influence each other and reflect their inspiration in their clothing.
CARVEN
Since its creation in 1945, the Carven fashion house has promoted a particularly democratic vision of fashion. A woman who was free and unshackled by convention, Madame Carven entered the rarefied world of 1940’s haute couture as a complete novice, bringing with her a freshness and spontaneity of style that resembled the daily lives of women of the time. She was the first to offer accessible luxury and to capture the spirit of the moment through her simple and refined designs, inspired by Parisian chic where style took precedence over ostentation. In 2009, Guillaume Henry was appointed creative director of the house after learning about couture through working at Givenchy and Paule Ka. He tried to forget about the archives and instead looked for inspiration from real, non-fashion females, and focused on their essence to modify the brand’s aesthetic for today’s woman.
CO
Founded in Los Angeles in 2011, Co is a collaboration between film producer Stephanie Danan and screenwriter Justin Kern. Stephanie grew up in the fashion industry, working in her father's showroom and her mother's design studio, but has spent the last 15 years making films in L.A. and Paris, and continues to produce for Focus Features and Universal Studios. Justin began his career as a model, working with various acclaimed photographers before moving to L.A. to pursue film. The name Co is derived from their partnership, which spans the worlds of fashion and film. Each collection is accompanied by a short film that uses a narrative approach to create a more personal and emotional connection to fashion. Co is a line of luxury essentials designed to be timeless and easy to wear. Its versatile silk, jersey, and cashmere separates, along with lightweight knitted furs, are the building blocks of a modern, modular wardrobe.
CONVERSE
Converse's First String Collection focuses on original silhouettes, modern design, premium construction, high-level distribution and occasional collaborations with originals in art, design, fashion and culture. The shoes pass Aloha Rag buyer Tatsugo Yoda's strict quality standards, and the distribution of this collection is kept tight. Plain and simple this is still the American heritage brand (founded in 1908) that was embraced by such cultural icons as James Dean and Kurt Cobain, but reinvigorated with a new fire, surpassing the current boundaries of design, fashion and technology.
DEZSO
Stylist turned designer, Sara Beltrán started her fashion career in New York. After 12 years of New York life, Beltrán now calls Jaipur and Mumbai home. Her childhood romance with beach life always lingered in the back of her mind, and literally, in the shell necklace she made herself for fun. She now designs a line of jewelry called Dezso, latin for "desire." She travels to different beaches around the world in search of inspiration. In fact, a lot of her pieces revolve around shells that she picks from the ocean and casts them in 18K gold; often pink gold. She uses a lot of raw materials such as polka diamonds, fossilized shark teeth, fossilized shells and being base in Jaipur has opened her eyes to a whole new world of stones that she carves into shell shapes.
DITA
The story of Dita Eyewear is a story of life-long friends Jeff Solorio and John Juniper. Jeff and John have been friends since grade school and share a common passion for photography and design. Together they were inspired to capture their passions not just on film but in eyewear as well, thus creating the first collection of Dita frames in 1996. With their natural affinity for design, they came up with a plan to introduce stylish eyewear inspired by vintage frames from the '50s throughout the '80s. Utilizing modern materials and shapes, Dita's designs distinguish themselves with quality, look and fit. Dita's logo details are intentionally subtle so that the frame itself defines the look rather than the logo. This allows the design of the frame to compliment the features of the wearer and contribute to their overall style.
DOSA
Dosa is a clothing and houseware line designed by Christina Kim and recognized by its simple lines, unusual textiles and handmade details. For two decades the company has grown steadily with many loyal customers and a strong following among artists and designers. Design, production, shipping, and showroom facilities are located in one generous day-lit space where approximately fifty percent of production is completed in house. The remaining production is specialized work done in other countries with non-governmental organizations such as SEWA, the Self-Employed Women’s Association in India. Dosa products and textiles often are developed with traditional artisans from around the world. Many of these handmade projects are labor intensive rather than resource intensive and use traditional techniques to make new designs. Dosa hopes to keep different traditions alive and to broaden markets for these goods.
DUVETICA
Duvetica is an Italian down jacket brand founded by Giampiero Vagliano and Stefano Rovoletto, who both have a history at Moncler, where Vagliano was President and Rovoletto held the position as Brand Manager. After resuscitating Moncler they wanted to make something of their own, and five years after leaving Moncler they launched Duvetica in the Japanese market in 2005. The name Duvetica stems from Duvet (French for down) and Etica (ethical), and sums up their two main principles; 1. All products from Duvetica contains down. 2. They strive to maintain an ethically sound production. The down is from Perigord, France, and the fur is from Finland. The down used is exclusively grey goose down from Périgord (Dordogne), which is the type of down with the best filling power. Paying enormous attention to the slightest of details, from the zippers all the way down to finding the sewing thread that best stops feathers from protruding through the seams, Duvetica products ensure the highest quality.
THE ELDER STATESMAN
Established in 2007 by Greg Chait, The Elder Statesman is a Los Angeles based company specializing in the creation of luxury goods. Initially, the brand began as a small cashmere blanket project, but as Chait’s interest in cashmere grew, so did the company. The Elder Statesman is anchored in the use of the highest quality cashmere fiber, but also works with precious metals, buffalo horns, and other exotic materials. Blankets, sweaters, horn glasses are just a few of the categories of merchandise the brand offers. All products are made to stand the test of time.
GINETTE_NY
Frederique Dessemond, originally from Marseille, France, studied art history in Aix-en-Provence and later at La Sorbonne in Paris. In 1999, Frederique packed her bags and headed to New York as she had always longed for the city's creative energy, its urban beauty, and the artistic inspiration. She worked with a young designer Joelle Klein from her hometown and up-and-coming accessory and fashion designer Paige Novick before finally deciding to work on her own in 2001. She started by working with vintage clothing and accessories and transforming them in brand new uniquely beautiful pieces. She sold them on the streets of Nolita unitl she started designing necklaces. Her jewelry caught the eye of numerous buyers since then keeping her busy, balancing between the demands of her ever-growing jewelry business and her family. She finds inspiration in just about everything: nature, animals, vintage...She has scoured the flea markets of France and the United States picking up amulets for her modern-looking rings, monogrammed pendants and delicate necklaces. Dessemond launched her jewelry collection in 2001 with her famous 14 karat gold disc necklace which was a contemporary spin on a version traditionally worn by French women.
GIRL.
Girl. is the newest prism through which Band of Outsiders is re-interpreting classic American sportswear pieces. The collection was launched in the Spring of 2011, as a more affordable women’s line and both a foil and complement to Boy. Whereas Boy. is about blazers and button ups, Girl. is about dresses and draping. Boy.’s oxford cloth shirting and wool suiting is replaced with Girl.’s silk floral prints and cotton eyelet patterns. Boy. is snips and snails and puppy dog tails, which makes Girl. about sugar and spice and all things nice.
GOLDEN GOOSE
Golden Goose was launched in 2000 by two not so ambitious designers, Alessandro Gallo and Francesca Rinaldo who just wanted more cool stuff for themselves. Before they knew it, they were supporting MTV Italy's wardrobe. Golden Goose gets its originality from their effort put into researching and reinventing vintage materials. Despite their down-to-earth philosophy, we will be seeing a lot of their fun and extraordinary pieces around the world soon.
GYAKUSOU
In 2010, Nike and Jun Takahashi, founder and head designer of Japan’s high-end streetwear clothing label Undercover launched Nike x Undercover GYAKUSOU running wear collection. An alternative to traditional running neons and brights, the subtle colors that reflect a harmony with nature are magnificent.  Fusing cutting edge Nike running innovations and design and functionality of Jun whose dedication to a less-is-better design philosophy links that of Nike’s passion for the athletic benefits of minimalism.  This design partnership amplifies levels of technical precision and intuitive function, delivering a unique and modern perspective on running by runners.  As a real runner, Jun focuses on high functionality from actual runner’s point of view in his designing.
HERNO
In 1948, Mr. Giuseppe Marenzi founded Herno and started producing men’s raincoats with the technical support and cooperation of Alessandra Diana, his wife. The quality of Herno garments got highly recognized all over the world. Raincoats, using vicuna, cashmere, and fur, became the brand’s signature item. About 70% of all items are made for international customers because one of Herno’s main focus is to create clothing that is suitable for traveling.
HERVE LEGER
Originally founded in 1985, Herve Leger was acquired by BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP in 1998, marking the first time in fashion history that a French couturier was absorbed by an American designer. In early 2007, Azria relaunched the Herve Leger label with his own designs, which were quickly embraced by today’s most renowned style-setters. Herve Leger by Max Azria captures the allure of the modern, powerful woman with its exclusive couture and dynamic ready-to-wear collections. Each look is designed with the iconic “bandage dress” in mind, seamlessly sculpting the female silhouette with signature banding construction. Since debuting the collection on the runway during Fall 2008 New York Fashion Week, Herve Leger by Max Azria has received critical praise and been featured in top fashion publications worldwide. In recognition of the successful relaunch of the Herve Leger brand, Max Azria was presented with the 2008 Fashion Excellence Award at the 33rd Annual Dallas Fashion Awards. Paying tribute to a modern femininity while maintaining the house's heritage, Herve Leger by Max Azria makes an unforgettable statement.
JIL SANDER
Jil Sander was born in 1943 in Wesselburen, Germany. She graduated as a textile engineer from Krefeld School of Textile then spent two years as an exchange student at University College in Los Angeles and later went on to work as a fashion journalist in New York. After returning home, she opened her first boutique in Hamburg in 1967 and launched her first women's collection in 1973. Her concept of "design without decoration" focuses on fabric quality with minimal design. This theory has led to her being described as the Queen of Less, Master of Minimalism or the Fashion Reductionist. Since the 2006, Belgium born Raf Simons was appointed as creative director for both men's and women's collections. These collections embody the Jil Sander brand's core values holding true to its history. When entering the Jil Sander Company he said: "I couldn't be happier to work for a brand as pure and clean as Jil Sander. I am eager to carry forward the simple, pristine design that the Jil Sander name has come to represent. There is a strong affinity between how I perceive my own design and the core values that the Jil Sander brand embraces."
LE VINGT ET UN
The Designer, Mieko Shishido was born in Japan and moved to New York with her family in 2006. She started making hats and hair accessories at Lola Hats Brooklyn. Shishido later established her own brand, Le Vingt et Un after moving to Paris, France in 2011. She got inspiration for her collection from her travels around the world and focuses on quality often using vintage materials for her hair accessories. The brand’s name, Le Vingt et Un means “twenty-one” in French.
LUCIEN PELLAT-FINET
Lucien Pellat-Finet has been freelancing in the fashion industry for years, and dreamed of a day when he would own his own store. His step into the fashion world started one day when browsing an artisan's window in southern France while gazing at a cashmere sweater hung in the display. This event was the spark that set off the fire of a creative explosion that has been the bane of high-ranking, discriminating fashion-addicts worldwide. He launched his first luxury street wear collection in 1994; a set of ten cashmere four ply knit sweaters. He presented his collections to the best luxury boutiques in New York , and resulted in an order totalling 400 pieces. This success established his reputation as the "King of Cashmere" by the American press. Fashion enthusiasts were drawn to the super high-quality materials used, as well as the unique (intarsia) design symbols that have become his most visible trademark.
LUIS MORAIS
The Miami based designer, Luis Morais has been creating jewelry for the last 8 years. Born in Brazil, a country known for dance, rhythm and spirituality Luis' collection masterfully combines dark and light; skulls with diamonds, and leather with pearls... it's rock'n roll with sparkle. The combination created by Luis is very unique and at the same time very elegant. His collection is presented for both men and women, and has a deep spiritual meaning while using high-quality material and his pure aesthetic qualities. His collection is sought after by several celebrities including Madonna, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.
MARIA RUDMAN
Maria Rudman-former model, TV-presenter, fashion stylist and photographer-grew up by a lake in Sweden, in a house filled with handcrafts made by the Sami, the original inhabitants of northern Scandinavia. Part of Rudman's family stemmed from Arctic Lapland, where Sami-once known as Laps-have lived among the reindeer herds since the beginnings of time. It has taken Rudman many years of research and close collaboration with both Sami and other selected craftsmen to be able to present today a wide choice of high-quality accessories, created using techniques unchanged for many hundreds of years. Rudman's logo, the cross, is the symbol of the wheel of the sun and the cardinal points: East - West - North - South. The natural balance that this represents is her way of seeing the world. Rudman lives and works in Paris, France.
MARTIN MARGIELA
Martin Margiela was launched in 1988 in the midst of a new movement in fashion. By successfully transforming the mundane and banal into beauty, Martin stands at the forefront of the "Antwerp 6", a revolutionary fashion movement that has forever changed design. Examples of Martin’s genius are a dress inspired by a dress-form, a photo print of a life size leather jacket on a t-shirt, or a women’s glove to be worn as a handbag. At a time when designers are their own best spokesperson, Martin Margiela has never been photographed nor given an interview to the press - again, challenging the conventional. Upon 10 years of designing his own collection, Martin was selected to design for Hermes, a Parisian fashion house known for high quality luxury goods and a timeless aesthetic. Now, with focus on his own label and the addition of several collections under his own name, the house of Martin Margiela continues to evolve and produce innovative designs that will forever be respected. Currently, he is based in Paris while all of his collections are produced in Italy. Here at Aloha Rag, Martin Margiela is a favorite.
NIKE SPORTSWEAR
Nike is a brand that needs no introduction. Since their humble beginnings at the University of Oregon in 1964, they have risen to become—and may always be—the premier sportswear company in the world. Aloha Rag founder, Tatsugo Yoda, has been a long time fan of the brand and was absolutely addicted to Nike sneakers for a substantial part of his life! Sound familiar? The company has moved from pure sport/performance driven apparel and footwear, to a cultural icon, sponsoring the legends and revolutionaries of our time. By adding the benefits of research and development to everyday, street, and higher end forms of clothing, Nike has changed the game on numerous occasions. It is our proud honor to bring you Yoda's selections from Nike's NSW line, a higher form of sportswear targeted at people who expect more. The line will feature garments made from premium fabrics with the latest technologies, collaborative efforts with a global holster of artists and the quality standard you know to expect from a product sold by Aloha Rag.
PEPPERCOTTON
Motivated by a simple concept, jewelry made of nylon mesh tubing filled with vintage Swarovski and Czech crystals, designers Patrick Culpepper and Aurelia Cotton launched Peppercotton in 2009 after meeting at the Rhode Island School of Design. With backgrounds in painting and apparel respectively, their lack of formal training in jewelry design informs Peppercotton’s unique and bold approach to design and production. Drawing inspiration from their personal interests, ranging from fine art to kitschy vintage memorabilia, the Brooklyn based pair personally handcrafts each piece, resulting in jewelry that is a unique medley of utilitarian and glamorous materials.
PROENZA SCHOULER
Proenza Schouler began simply as a senior project at Parsons School of Design. It was there that, in 1998, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez first met while studying fashion design. For three years the two designed independently and quite successfully. In his junior year, Jack took an internship with Marc Jacobs, and for his subsequent junior collection he was awarded the National CFDA First Prize as well as a Silver Thimble. At about the same time, Lazaro had a chance meeting with American Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour that led to an internship and close working relationship with Michael Kors. For his junior collection, Lazaro was also a National CFDA finalist and received the prestigious Silver Thimble. In their senior year at Parsons School of Design, Jack and Lazaro designed their first joint collection that exceeded all expectations and received the Golden Thimble. As a result, Jack and Lazaro launched their own independent label, Proenza Schouler, named after their mothers. Throughout the years, their collections have received similar acclaim and have been purchased by stores throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Proenza Schouler launched its first handbag line, PS1, inspired by a classic satchel, which has been modernized into a timeless version.
R13
Inspired by the rebellious spirit of America and the intrigue of unflinching authenticity, founder and designer known by the alias R13, introduces the eponymous denim collection. Evocative of our revolutionary stock, R13 reflects the essence of the Gadsden flag. The icon bears a rattlesnake with 13 rattles and the timeless steadfast motto, "Don't Tread on Me." At the forefront of design, R13 cuts avant-garde silhouettes such as the skinny legging and harem pant from Italian and Turkish denim. Pure indigo casting, quality stretch and machine hand mending give jeans their superior shape and authentic vintage feel. R13 brings seasonal essentials to life for his stormy sexy muse. her face is masterfully make-up free and her hair-perfectly unkempt. She's introverted, artsy and full of fire. Instinctively a step ahead, she effortlessly dictates cool. She's delicately elusive, never panders and is incredibly confident. She's tough and androgynous and always emanates a little rock and roll.
RAF SIMONS
Raf Simons is a Belgian fashion designer with a background in industrial design. Linda Loppa at The Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts helped him secure an internship with one of the famed Antwerp Six, Walter Van Beirendonck, and supported Simons in presenting his debut collection in 1995. Simons is known for his unconventional approach to showing his early collections using non-professional models in private art galleries and photo studios, first in Milan and later in Paris. His first “conventional” fashion show was held in Paris for his ‘97-‘98 Fall/Winter Collection. Simons finds inspiration in youth culture and found an early following with hip young Europeans which in turn influenced the designs of many other mainstream brands. In 2005, he was named the Creative Director of Jil Sander—a position he holds to this day—in addition to overlooking his own labels, Raf Simons and Raf by Raf Simons among others.
RAF SIMONS X FRED PERRY
Raf Simons approached Fred Perry's standard Laurel Wreath shirt with his distinctive perspective, and the result is the sublime capsule collection with tons of bright colors, masculine patterns.
RAG & BONE
Founded in 2002, Rag & Bone had one very clear vision in mind: to make clothes that they and their friends would love to wear every day. With no formal fashion training, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville set about learning how to make jeans. They believed that denim represented the history, authenticity and fundamentals of classic work wear that they would strive to reflect in their designs. Guided by a strong British tailoring influence, rag & bone produces classic yet modern sportswear for men and women that is known for being understated and wearable. Each piece, whether it be a tailored shirt or a pair of jeans, is framed by the constants of high quality fabric, classic construction and perfect fit with a handmade feel.
RAIF ADELBERG
Raif Adelberg is based in Vancouver, Canada and has always had a penchant for being ahead of the curve. Born in 1968 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Raif’s education into art began after his family moved to Vancouver in 1974 and evolved when Hawaii and Palm Spring became his home during his formative years. With a father in fashion and an interior designer and art collector for a mother, Raif Adelberg’s career trajectory through art and fashion bears all the hallmarks of a birthright, especially when his mother tells stories of him cutting and embroidering on clothing at the age of 13. As one of the most talented and innovative minds in the creative community, he founded Made Magazine, the modern boutique 24, the world renowned luxury store Richard Kidd, Deadboys Clubhouse and his eponymous hand knit cashmere collection Raif Adelberg. Raif has also been nominated as GQ upcoming designer of the year and has been an invaluable contributor to the cultural fabric of Vancouver.
RICK OWENS
Rick Owens was born and raised in Southern California and studied pattern making at Otis/Parsons before dropping out to work for local companies. He established his own label in 1994 and found a following, selling exclusively to a Los Angeles boutique before expanding to well known department stores. In 2002 he won the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent. Shortly thereafter he moved to Paris and was appointed Artistic Director of Revillon, the long-established luxury furrier. He draws inspiration from old black and white Hollywood movies and is known for his architectural jackets, asymmetrical dresses, long and clingy t-shirts and embellished outerwear. Owens opened his first US boutique in Manhattan’s Tribeca in 2008.
SACAI LUCK
Sacai was established by Chitose Abe in 1999 after 8 years of working with the Junya Watanabe Collection at Comme des Garçons. While her collections may appear to be about femininity, Abe’s interest is in creating clothes that are entirely unique and timeless, as well as innovative and experimental. To Abe, who is influenced by observing her surroundings and functions of daily life, the Sacai collection has a distinctive elegance that is based on renderings and transformations of basic and classical items. The result is a collection of items that can transition easily between various occasions and not only reserved for special opportunities. In addition to the Sacai main line, the Sacai Luck collection which was initially introduced as a lingerie collection in fall of 2006 is diversified and expanded to include loungewear from Spring & Summer 2010. Sacai Luck is characterized by unexpected combinations of materials and its exquisite balance of light and delicate fabrics like tulle, silk and cotton.
SAINT LAURENT
Founded in 1961, Yves Saint Laurent is one of the greatest fashion names of the late 20th century. Throughout the years, the groundbreaking designs of the Couture house created innovative pieces of clothing. Yves Saint Laurent was the first Couture house to launch the modern concept of luxury women's prêt-à-porter, in 1966 in a collection called Rive Gauche. It was followed in 1969 by a Rive Gauche men's ready-to-wear line. The Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche boutiques were soon opened throughout the world, allowing fashion-conscious working individuals to wear the Yves Saint Laurent designs. This represented the first step in making luxury labels accessible to a wider public. In 1999, the Gucci Group acquired Yves Saint Laurent. Since then the brand has been repositioned at the top end of the luxury goods markets. In March 2012 Hedi Slimane took over as the fashion house's new creative director and proceeded to change the name of Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent as part of his makeover for the label. Slimane will use the house’s “original branding,” referring back to the first ready-to-wear line called Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, in order to restore “the house to its truth, purity and essence – and taking it into a “new era”, while “respecting the original principles and ideals”.
SATURDAYS
In 2009, owners Morgan Collett, Josh Rosen and Colin Tunstall launched an innovative store to suit a lifestyle occupied with surfing, living and working in New York City. Saturdays, both the store and the brand, was built out of a need for a surf shop that spoke to the New York surfer. The three of them have a long history in the fashion industry but in different fields. Morgan grew up working in the surf industry, Josh was in the snowboard industry in Seattle, and Colin is an art director that has worked for New York Magazine, GQ and Esquire. They combine their knowledge and experience gained throughout their careers to create clothing that they themselves want to wear. The result is garments that are well made for all sorts of customers, from the hardcore surfer to the high-end fashion crowd.
SIDIAN ERSATZ & VANES
The designer of Sidian, Ersatz, and Vanes (SEV), prefers to hide most of his background. It all started with an idea to make a brand specializing in shirts., a staple in any man’s closet. Employing the golden ratio of fitting, and inspired by geometry, SEV creates seamless color-blocking details by a manufacturing process that he himself invented. SEV has already attracted attention from the fashion industry due to its high quality and finish.
SUPER
SUPER, by RETROSUPERFUTURE, ignited the phenomenon of acetate sunglasses. They are made in multiple color graduations, which generated a big trend starting in 2007. Super is the first brands to produce a complete range of colorful fashion sunglasses combining these characteristics together with a very high quality manufacturing process. SUPER sunglasses are made to the highest possible standards, hand made in Italy by the best manufacturers and with the best materials. SUPER also decided to adopt ZEISS lenses, which guarantee an extremely high level of protection to the eyes in all conditions. Since their introduction, artists, celebrities, sports athletes and trendsetters have been wearing SUPER sunglasses. Kanye West, Daft Punk, Justice,CSS, St. Vincent, The Kills, Elio Fiorucci, Sienna MIller, Jessica Alba and Valentino Rossi are just a few who have been seen sporting a SUPER.
TAMAKI NIIME
Born in Katsuyama City of Fukui Prefecture in Japan, Tamaki Niime began her career as a pattern maker at a textile company after graduating from ESMOD International Fashion University. Seeking to interpret and develop Banshu-ori in new ways, she established her workshop, tamaki niime in December 2004, and opened her first store in Nishiwaki City of Hyogo prefecture, home of the Banshu-ori industry. Creating Banshu-ori in a new style with vintage looms, her work is characterized by a deep touch that falls somewhere between a hand weave and machine weave. Just as each person has an individual style, each of her pieces is also unique. She accomplishes this by limiting her workshop to a small-scale production and weaving one-of-a-kind pieces herself. In each of her designs, she strives to create the feeling of “ma” or empty space, as if a painting.
THOM BROWNE
Thom Browne, an American fashion designer, founded his made-to-measure suiting business in 2001 and introduced his ready-to-wear menswear collection in 2006 with the notion of presenting broad acceptance of “business casual” in lieu of formal attire in the market. Prior to launching his own line, he worked at the Giorgio Armani Showroom, then at Club Monaco. A Thom Browne signature design is identical in terms of its structure and fit. The suits include flat front pants with exposed ankles and a jacket that features mid-wrist with the backside uncovered. Browne himself is well known for wearing suits and his eyewear collection made in collaboration with Dita fits perfectly into his aesthetic. Browne was recognized as the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Menswear Designer of the Year in March 2006 and named the GQ Designer of the Year in November 2008.
THOMAS WYLDE
Paula Thomas, designer of Thomas Wylde was born in Birmingham but currently resides in Los Angeles. She named the brand after her grandfather Robert Thomas, and her great-grandmother Catherine Wylde. Before launching her brand, she had extensive knowlege of the fashion industry working under Welsh designer Julien Macdonald. She was also a runway model for Alexander Mcqueen's first collection. The Thomas Wylde collection is envisioned for the women who embrace rock'n'roll and is suble enough to be worn in an elegant environment. Her collection has taken off since it has been released and has been featured in Elle Magazine amongst other popular publications. Her collection has been worn by stars such as Lindsay Lohan and Olsen Twins to name a few. Thomas Wylde brings out the inner rebel in women but with a feminine touch.
TOM FORD
Tom Ford was born in 1961 in the city of Austin, Texas. He studied art at New York University and studied architecture at Persons School of Design. In 1990 he started working for Gucci, and stayed there for 10 years as their creative director. He became responsible for the design of Gucci's stores and product lines. He designed many popular bags and accessory during his tenure at Gucci. In April of 2004 he left Gucci and established his own label "Tom Ford". The brand Tom Ford is known as the pinnacle of luxury. He has recently established a collaboration with Marcolin (Famous Italian Eye-wear Manufacturer) to create a well designed, high quality eyewear line that is very desired in the fashion industry.
WOUTERS & HENDRIX
Katrin Wouters and Karen Hendrix both graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium; in goldsmithing, in 1984. Their goal was to produce fine jewelry that is elegant and daring, intelligent and bold, exclusive yet affordable.Their first collection was released a year after graduation. Today, no less than 31 collections have followed. Previous collections have been inspired by fairy tales. Keywords such as "The Garden of Flowers", "The Red Queen", "The mad Tea-party", "Through the looking glass" and "The Gryphon" represent different styles. You will find necklaces, rings, bracelets and pins in sterling silver and semi precious stones in all of their collections. A designer duo worth keeping your eyes on!
YOSHINORI KOTAKE DESIGNS
Yoshinori Kotake is a reputable Japanese cap maker known for his collaboration work with Barney's. Popular with celebrities and fashionistas alike... Kotake specializes in exclusive designs with flare. The caps we offer are a collaboration project between Yoshinori Kotake Design and Aloha Rag and until now, were only available for purchase instore.
WARRIORS OF RADNESS
Warriors of Radness, an irreverent take on Southern California's cliched sun- and surf-soaked image, has been quietly building buzz since its 2007 launch with a men's beachwear collection of bold, brightly colored graphic T-shirts, color-blocked shorts, casual pants, button-front shirts and light outerwear pieces. Founder and head designer Rick Klotz, whose clothing company CV includes launching the Freshjive streetwear label, grew up skating and surfing in Southern California. Those fond memories of growing up in the '70s and '80s inspired him to create the brand. "Surf fashion at the time was unique, original and inspirational," Klotz says. "And now it's not ... everybody's making the same trunks." The result is a line that's as fun and sunny as a day at the beach and keys into two current fashion trends: the resurgence of '80s style and the ever-increasing appetite for made-in-America goods.