Each vintage garment and period in history has a story to tell. These stories can be used to create layers of design and interest in new styles. Whether it is a trim, finish, wash, or pocket detail there are lots of ways to incorporate the rich layers of research available. Through studying vintage pieces and periods we are able to create new and refined garments which wrap their wearers in the lineage from which they came. Below we share some of those studies and their results.


Our principal creative, Sam Strauss-Malcolm spent several years designing outerwear for Ralph Lauren. Below are some of his pieces for the Fall 2012 season.


Military liner jacket study

Research and sketch development for a jacket based on a high altitude flight suit liner and bomber pilot helmet liners.

coast guard rescue jacket study

Research and a development sketch for an Extreme Weather Rescue inspired jacket. Last slide shows the stock version.

hillary Summit parka study

Research and sketch development for a summer weight parka inspired by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Mt. Everest base camp. Last slide shows the original trims, based on a Swiss WWII back pack, designed and developed for this parka.

British oilcloth bike jacket study

Extensive research and development sketches for this British Bike Jacket style. The stock version of which was showcased in WWD magazine.


john varvatos jacket study

We were asked to concept some new outerwear for John Varvatos. Below are a few of our favorites