Garrett Picher of Indigo & Cloth picks his favorite collaborations from 2009…
1. Nom De Guerre X Wings and Horns – Shooting Crew
Two of my favorite brands and one of my favorite collaborations. Something’s are best kept simple, especially a crewneck. The genius comes in picking the right color, material and then adding elbow patch and thumb hole.
2. Barbour x Takihito Yoshida Fall 2009 Collection
Who would you least expect Barbour, a traditional British sportswear company, to pair up with? A modern Japanese designer? Tokihito Yoshida perhaps? Yoshida added his own signature style including zip off detachable helmet-style hoods and water-resistant map pockets.
3. Self Edge x Dry Bones x Superfuture Denim
This unique three way combo sees the thoughts of both store and site come to fruition. Denim enthusiasts get their say in what constitutes the perfect jean via the foremost expert on the subject via a denim manufacturer who can do all these things!
4. Oliver Spencer x Monocle
One of the few collaborations I own. A simply beautiful oxford both in terms of quality and fit. The addition of the side card pocket and pen enabling front pocket by monocle make this a boardroom to hot date facilitator
5. Junya Watanabe x Comme de Garcons
Having worked under Rei Kawakubo at Comme de Garcons this was perhaps an easy collaborative choice. Watanabe is king of the collaborations with collaborative gigs with Levi’s, Lacoste, Converse, and Brooks Brothers. My favourite remains CDG.
6. 3sixteen x Tanner
With black English bridle leather handles and constructed in the Pacific Northwest, this tote bag is guaranteed to withstand years of constant usage.
7. Baxter of California x Porter
This one was a late call but made it for two reasons. The Adidas x Porter shoe for Colette was impressive and pushing for a call but then I saw this and thought both practical and we need to look good to wear all these other collaborations.
8. Levi x Robert Geller
Perhaps my favorite Collaboration of the season. I couldn’t possibly choose just one piece from it. So why it got limited to just 12 Bloomingdale Locations is beyond by belief.
9. Tretorn X Kronan
Everybody needs a bike, especially for 2010 – climate change and all that. The Acne x Bianchi wasn’t an option for me at $2,500, but this timeless classic caught my eye and made plain collaborative sense to me and my pocket.
10. Interview Magazine x The Mondrian – Semi Automatic Luxury Vending Machine | Miami Art Basel
Ace hotel pushed them hard but we had to get a hotel collaboration in there and this stood out to me. Interview Magazine partnered up with The Mondrian to install a special Semi-Automatic vending machine that dispenses everything from one-off creations and Interview Magazine exclusive products to unique experiences to celebrate the magazine’s 40th Anniversary. A collaboration dispensing collaborations. The End!