For SS15, cult menswear brand Baartmans and Siegel have explored the outdoors for inspiration for their latest lookbook that has just been launched. Street gangs, platoons and sports teams were all influences as the brand channels utility and energy into their latest collection.
The tribal energy that these groups can sometimes create has been a major influence on the collection, and it can be seen through the cohesive aesthetic of the entire range. As well as their new collection, however, there is also another important part of the lookbook, and that is the collaboration between Baartmans and Siegel with footwear specialists Kickers.
Together, they have created a unique pair of styles to complement the collection. The two options, both made from tough, robust mixed leather share the same colour palette as the rest of the collection; a palette of earth greens, khakis and navy blue referencing the earth and sea as well as the idea of exploration and adventure.
The collection itself was unveiled at London Collections: Men last year in June, and it was quite clearly a very strong one, with plenty of pieces that will appeal to a wide market.
The luxe-layering of bomber jackets over patent waterproof jackets with scarves and slim-fit trousers made these comfortable and practical separates a high-fashion look. Khaki shirts, however, are contrasted with navy blue sleeves worn over basic white t-shirts and paired with either shorts or those slim trousers again were easy and effortless ways to combine separates pieces together for a strong summer look.
For guys who aren’t into the whole ‘summer pastels and sandals’ look that lots of designers show, this was a great alternative collection, with some covetable pieces that are going to be perfect once the British summer arrives and it rains non-stop for weeks.
It wasn’t all nylon and waterproof however, which further points to the wide-ranging and inclusive inspirations for the collection, because there was a particularly stand-out emerald suit as well as a luxe navy satin bomber jacket that gave the collection some formality as well as luxury.