The 5 Favourite Menswear Items I Own

5. Raf Simons Stan Smiths:

The first Raf piece I ever bought. I was 16 and had a part time job washing dishes. I saved  up three paycheques to be able to afford these shoes. I wore them everyday for about 6 months till I decided to buy another pair of shoes. The ones I have are the classic Stan Smith colour way and feature a perforated R on the side where the Adidas stripes would go.

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4. FW13 Saint Laurent Biker Jeans:

There is no item that I have hunted for longer than this one, I ended up finding them on Grailed 2 years after the release. This is one of the greatest pairs of denim I have ever owned. They are black denim with leather panels on the knees and sides of legs. These were not cheap to find in new condition 2 years after the release.

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3. Rick Owens Cargo Jacket:

One thing I have always been a fan of is impractical amounts of pockets. It has over 15 pockets all one the outside, velcro patch, and the classic Rick Owens asymmetrical design. The zipper is a little worn out but the thin nylon material makes it great for all 4 seasons and waterproof for Vancouver weather.

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2. Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby Bleached Denim:

The pure exclusivity of this item makes it top 5, but the fact that each pair has its own unique design makes it even better. This was another hunt item and my introductory season to Raf. The one downside is that they are so heavily bleached that every wear more small holes appear on the bleached areas. It it more a piece of art then a pair of jeans.

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1. Rick Owens DRKSHDW Degrade Denim Jacket:

The most expensive, limited and best item I own is my Rick Owens DrkShdw denim jacket. It is cut and sewn from 4 different types of denim (raw, waxed, bleached, and a navy denim). I can not find another one anyway I look, it may have been a Nordstrom exclusive item. I have looked everywhere to find one but I am just redirected to Nordstrom’s website to the SOLD OUT sign. It features a carry strap on the inside of the jacket and the classic massive Rick Owens Pockets. I have no regrets from buying this item and spending over a year of car insurance on.

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My 3 Favourite Raf Simons Collections

This is going to be a breakdown of my favourite Raf Simons collections. It was hard to put this in to three collections since he has so many good ones and has been designing for over 20 years. His first collection was in 1995 and he has been designing collections ever since, some being styles that have just become trends now.

1. Spring/Summer 2002 (Woe Unto Those Who Spit On The Fear Generation The Wind Will Blow It Back):

Maybe a little stereotypical for a Raf fan but its hard to pick a collection so unique and creative. This collection featured what you would imagine political unrest would look like. The runway show featured models holding flares with ninja inspired masks on. The footwear was just their bare feet. Most of the looks were in three different colours (black, white, and red). My favourite piece from this collection is the “Kollaps” sleeveless hoodie.

 

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2. Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 (Nightmares and Dreams):

This collection featured huge sweaters and even bigger price points.featuring massively oversized and heavily distressed garments. There was a horror movie theme lingering at the runway show. The patchwork on the sweaters hinted towards a college/varsity theme as well.
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3. Autumn/Winter 2001-2002 (Riot Riot Riot):

Last on my list because I couldn’t do my top 25 seasons is Riot Riot Riot. The title serves as a good indication of what the main inspiration was and what the garments look like. Heavily distressed gear that could have actually been in a real riot. Oversized bombers, camouflage, and amazing patchwork.

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There are so many great seasons from Raf Simons including his new seasons and his menswear work at Jil Sander and Calvin Klein.

 

All photos taken from google images.