Ones to Watch: October
As the new season gets underway, there are plenty of exciting new names to welcome here at Browns. This month sees the launch of new New York elegance in the form of young designer Dashiel Brahmann, and under-the-radar skater cool from Parisian label FUTUR. Climbing into the new season we also have a number of mountaineering brands, bringing you performance wear expertise from Japan to the Alps. Read on to find out more about this month’s exciting new arrivals...
Taking inspiration from iconic musicians and artists, New York-based Dashiel Brahmann designs his pieces to be a functional yet emotional experience. From researching old documentaries on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dashiel aims to create clothing that bridges the gap between creativity and practicality. In his own words: "Our clothing aims to answer the question of what practical elegance is.” With a unique approach to design, his collection of shirts, coats and separates blend sartorial sophistication with contemporary construction.
Founded in 2014, Paris-based skate brand FUTUR has remained somewhat under the radar since its inception, choosing to forgo social media until only recently, opting instead for the more subtle Parisian approach of “when you know, you know.” Co-founders Felix Schaper and Ben Frédonie focus on timeless, high-quality pieces, choosing to stick to signature, recurring styles in limited colour options. For AW19, FUTUR presents its first genderless collection and a highly sought-after collaboration with Japanese sportswear icon Mizuno.
Named after the famous Japanese mountain, Tanigawa, Snow Peak was founded in 1958 by accomplished mountaineer Yukio Yamai. Coming from a famous hardware town with a rich history in fine crafted metalwork, Yukio sought to create expert mountaineering equipment based on his own accumulated knowledge of the sport. Now looked after by his son Tohru, Snow Peak has since evolved into a label delivering stylish Japanese camping equipment. Thanks to Yamai’s daughter, Lisa, in 2014 the label introduced apparel; highly functional pieces that embody the sleek and simple aesthetic of Japanese design. Respecting the Japanese concept of ‘noasobi’ or ‘playing in the outdoors’, Snow Peak’s clothing blends technical quality with utilitarian functionality.
Tackling the Alps this time, Mammut is another outdoor brand with a history of climbing at its core. Founded in 1862 by a Swiss rope maker, the brand has evolved over the centuries from developing technical climbing ropes to creating today’s must-have contemporary sportswear. This year saw the launch of their Delta X Urbaneering capsule that offered performance wear for the urban environment. Mammut also consciously aims to minimise their environmental footprint with minimal production emissions and responsibly sourced materials, ensuring that we can continue to enjoy the wonders of the Great Outdoors (in Mammut gear, of course).
Family-owned Paraboot has seen four generations take the helm since it was founded in 1908 by Rémy-Alexis Richard in a small village at the foot of the Alps. Taking the name Para from a port in Amazonia where Rémy-Alexis sourced the latex to bond his iconic rubber soles, the brand has evolved from their classic worker boot to the signature ‘Michael’ moccasin shoe, introduced in 1945. With their preserved traditions and rich heritage in cobblery, Paraboot creates iconic shoes that are designed to withstand the test of time.