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NEEDS&WANTS F/W '16

I've spent the past few years designing jackets as though they were paintings, contrasting colours and experimenting with all sorts of material. Some jackets are reflective of my travels, some even holding a long winded explanation of the contrasting sleeve. I do love what I was making, but I've since evolved, and rather than focus on design that I only find visually appealing, I'm putting my energy towards designing with a deeper sentiment: focusing on practicality, things I would personally wear—everyday. This is a large part of the reason I'm taking my time with our new collection.



Above: Published ads from NEEDS&WANTS F/W '16 campaign · Styling by Sarah Vee. Photography c/o Neva Wireko.

Below: The soft yet striking racer jacket in Lavender suede overlaps from our previous collection, not to revisit but to reiterate our sentiments on combining colour. Oversized zippers on the openings of cropped coach jackets replaced buttoning snap hardware this season; saying more about our stance on utility over leisure.

The previous F/W collection (above) was way more toned down than the F1 inspired collection that released before it; I had plans to continue in that direction a little more refined for F/W, but my mood changes with the seasons I suppose. I still love the idea of contrasting colour, but I almost feel as though I'm insisting, through design, that things only need to be purchased once. Not too mention the next NEEDS&WANTS delivery will include an expanded product line consisting of both jackets, pants, and accessories. I'm amped. After all, it's not as if I'm getting older and wanting more stuff; since the beginning I've been on a quest to minimize.

New York

My friends tell me I've become too obsessed with museums and art galleries. At this point, gallery hopping is probably the first thing I have planned when travelling, and if I'm being honest, that probably won't change anytime soon. In fact, it could only get worse. I've been visiting New York since I was about 16. At that time, I was going for crusades with my church; packed into a rented school bus full of God fearing folks driving for 12 hours while trying everything in my power to break away from the congregation and go sightseeing on my own. How did I ever endure that? I must've really wanted to see New York that bad. And it's possible that because of those previous restraints, what I'm really obsessed with is exploration; I can freely do laps around the island and each time I'm there I discover something new about the city and myself.

Above: The Oculus, a $4 billion dollar structure designed by Santiago Calatrava. It sits at the centre of The World Trade memorial in Lower Manhattan.



Above: Rashid Johnson's 'Fly Away' exhibition at Hauser & Wirth New York. Coincidentally, I walked into the exhibit in the midst of the artist walking visitors through his work. You couldn't help but appreciate the large scale installation of Rashid's work. I'm positive I wasn't the only one picking apart the details of the massive architectural grid full of signifying objects, including video screens, mounds of shea butter, and live plants in ceramic vessels built and decorated by Johnson.

Below: Daniel Arsham's 'CIRCA 2345' at Galerie Perrotin. This show was as ambitious and futuristic as its intent. Also, Daniel Arsham is the co-founder of Snarkitecture, which you need to Google right now.



Above: Josh and I caught up at The New York Public Library. Even being a native New York'er he's still in awe of the library's interior. I've got no photos of it, but I can remember thinking how awkward it was to see people actually studying in the reading room while visitors (most of which I assume were tourists) flooded the space trying to get the best angle on their phones. Maybe its a good thing mine died.

Below: Tonal harmony in Frank Lloyd Wright's living room at The Met. I'll admit, museums of that size are too overwhelming, but I left feeling the need to attend a Met Gala just for shits.

There is a place I tried to get into but was stopped in my tracks by security. The TWA Flight Centre at JFK airport. I wanted to see it in person before they begin a huge commercial restoration this year. The original terminal opened in 1962, designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines. The security guard wouldn't even let me in for 5 minutes, even though I mentioned that I landed at Laguardia and detoured there just to check it out. Regardless, I saw a lot of cool shit on this trip, and I can confidently say that I finally know how to use the MTA without getting lost.

Amsterdam, London,
Paris, Barcelona

Recapping this recent Europe trip mainly because I'll feel awkward posting this in 2017, not that it should matter. I did four countries in a week despite missing a connecting flight to Paris by fifteen minutes. All good though, arriving to Paris late gave me the chance to visit Foundation Louis Vuitton the next day. Now I understand the need for escapism people have with Europe; it's like living poetry and everything is beautiful by default. It was awkward and challenging at times when I couldn't communicate, so in the coming year it might be time to learn a second language.



Above: The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Not only great design in terms of the museum's interior, but even the visitor information pamphlets were so well designed.

Below: Calvin's Mecca designed by Aziz Bekkaoui.



Above: The unzipped wall by Bjarke Ingels for Serpentine Gallery. I think the exhibit has since been removed so its cool that I had a chance to climb it before then.



Above: Doe-vah Street Maw-kit. Say that out loud it's funnier.



Above: Foundation Louis Vuitton (Paris) was on my bucket list. Frank Gehry's gift to Paris, an art museum and cultural centre care of the LVMH group. It was cool to visit the auditorium and hear a security guards recount of Kanye West's epic performance there in 2015. "T'was magnifique!", he said.

I love Barcelona. I was only there for two days but made sure to visit the Mies van der Rohe pavilion, and Museu del Disseny, which had entire floors dedicated to the evolution of fashion, furniture and graphic design. At one beach, ah I forget the name, but I could see a glistening structure about a mile away, which happened to be Peix OlĂ­mpic, another sculpture designed by Frank Gehry we stumbled upon by accident.