The Battenwear Spring/Summer 2018 collection is a master class in opposites. Outdoor mashed up with city, leisure with active, east coast with west coast, vintage with contemporary, luxury with low-brow.
Battenwear designer, Shinya Hasegawa has always found inspiration in the unexpected. It’s the little twists on the norm that catch his imagination. When first conceiving of Battenwear back in 2011, he decided to take surf and outdoor fashion, something usually associated with the west coast, and reinvent it for the east coast. He took such traditional tenants of American sportswear as durability and practicality and applied them to high-brow fashion. He grabbed his favorite details from hiking and climbing gear and reimagined them for everyday city life.
Now, for his thirteenth collection for Battenwear, Shinya twists perspectives and expectations further. With the brand having recently opened a secondary design studio in Topanga Canyon, California, Shinya has spent a lot more time in nature than in the city. But you can’t take the city out of the designer. While SS18 is a bit softer and more laid back on the surface, each item is filled with meticulously thought-out details and practical applications well suited to the type of travel and lifestyle transitions Shinya has been going through traveling between Battenwear’s bicoastal headquarters.
Collection highlights such as the new to SS18 Packable Windstopper, the newly revised L/S Camp Shirt, and repeat favorite Packable Anorak are meant to tackle changes in weather and transitions from outdoor activity to urban leisure. The collection also boasts a particularly well thought out line up of shorts and pants, the most comfortable and stylish we’ve ever brought to market.
While most Battenwear items continue to be made in factories located across the United States, many of which are scattered in a two block radius of our Manhattan headquarters, Spring/Summer 2018 also boasts, for the first time in the brand’s history, items made in Japan. The Track Jacket, Track Pants and Polo Shirt have exceptional fabric and construction and are a welcome addition to the Battenwear family and another facet of the game of opposites: American sportswear created through Japanese workmanship.