Daiki Suzuki is the mastermind behind cult New York brand Engineered Garments. His passion for pattern and ability to reimagine archive-inspired styles has helped drive the brand's growth in its native US market as well as in international territories.
Q. TELL US ABOUT THE OVERALL DIRECTION OF THE SPRING 2011 COLLECTION.
A. I've combined military themes with a folky look in places. There are aslo references to the 1980s through cotton dobbie patterns on shirts and ties, alongside floral prints and ethnic patterns. At Engineered Garments we like to combine contrasting patterns and this season we have tonal blue ethnic embroidered jackets over dobbie patterned shirts combined with checked ties. You can put conflicting patterns together as long as there is a sense of balance.
Q. HOW HAVE YOUR SILHOUETTES EVOLVED FOR THE NEW SEASON?
A.Shapes are still slim fitting on jackets although the lengths are just slightly longer than usual. Leg shapes on trousers are not super slim and neither are they too wide. And, on shirts our styling remains narrow and slim-fitting.
Q. YOU ALSO DESIGN THE WOOLRICH COLLECTION, WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THAT BRAND GOING FORWARD?
A. The spring 2011 range which we are showing in Milan next week will be my final collection with Woolrich as I've decided to concentrate my efforts on my own brand, Engineered Garments. It means that I can spend more time developing the womenswear collection. We've had womenswear for both the Japanese and US markets for four seasons now and there is plenty of scope for us to expand it.
Q. WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO DEVELOP NEW PRODUCT CATEGORIES FOR ENGINEERED GARMENTS?
A. I'm planning to introduce a series of small collaborative collections by inviting designers which I have known and respected for some time to create focused ranges for Engineered Garments. The first is with the San Franciscan leather garments specialist Gordon Beard who has created a range of leathers for Engineered Garments which launches in autumn 2010. And, there are a few more too in the pipeline.Source URL: http://icip2idayusof.blogspot.com/2010/06/pitti-profile-daiki-suzuki-director.html
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