When Ssense likes your girls’s line sufficient to ask you to increase into males’s put on, you decide up a sketchpad and get to work.
That’s simply what occurred to Huy Luong, Dylan Cao and Jin Kay, the founders of Commission, a New York-based label that has its roots of their East Asian heritage. Luong, Cao and Kay are all first-generation immigrants from Vietnam and South Korea with levels from The New School’s Parsons School of Design. After they graduated, the chums labored for different vogue corporations however the expertise wasn’t fulfilling, so that they determined to group up and launch their very own label.
Commission was born in 2018 and took its inspiration from the wardrobes their moms wore to work within the Eighties and ’90s, reinterpreted for right now’s fashionable girl. Think fitted pencil skirts, oversize blazers, slipdresses and zebra-print shirts.
Net-a-porter picked the road up its first season as a part of its Vanguard assortment of rising designers. Commission then was added to the combination at Browns, Joyce and Ssense.
The success of the ladies’s line on the Montreal-based designer and high-end streetwear retailer prompted Ssense’s shopping for group to strategy the trio about extending their line into males’s put on for this fall.
Cao mentioned that they had all the time deliberate on ultimately designing males’s put on however believed that establishing a foothold in girls’s first was the wisest plan of action. Once Ssense expressed curiosity, they turned their consideration to their fathers and what that they had worn to work — and through their leisure time — in the identical time interval.
“It’s very similar to how we approached the women’s wear,” mentioned Cao, pointing to the “timeless” key items within the males’s providing.
The result’s a nostalgic tackle work apparel that features a modernized trenchcoat with an elongated neck flap that they first used as a sleeve element within the girls’s line, and a military-green coloured go well with up to date with carpenter pants. “We all wear Dickies and Carhartt so this is a cheeky take on that,” Cao mentioned. Another particular piece is a sweater with a polo-style collar and ribbed backside that appears like mohair however is definitely brushed cashmere from Japan. A button-down silk shirt sports activities a print primarily based on ’80s packaging from South Korea, there’s an up to date monitor go well with and denims with an prolonged “fanny pack detail” on the again of the waistband.
Although the road is distinctly males’s put on, a number of of the items are unisex, they mentioned, together with the brushed cashmere sweater and the monitor go well with.
Prices are within the designer realm with denims retailing for $425, the brushed cashmere sweater at greater than $1,000, the tailor-made pants for $600 to $700 and the outerwear for $1,100 to $1,300.
The debut assortment, which can be unique to Ssense for fall, is tight — round 25 items. But sooner or later, Kay mentioned the plan is to “explore more” choices for males to enrich the ladies’s.