NYFWM: Matiere Fall/Winter 2017

by Sydney Sadick

Matiere design-duo Scot Shandalove and Jake Zeitlin looked to a musical era of yesteryear for their Fall/Winter 2017 collection, which debuted today during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Each season, the designers choose a different genre of tunes to focus on, and for Fall, it was all about punk rock—their interpretation of it, that is—which was clear the moment you entered their presentation, where punk music was playing. The designers, who are all about fabrics (their brand name translates to “material” en Francias) pulled textures that fit with the punk theme, a major one being corduroy, leading to a minimalistic-meets-elevated streetwear collection.

“We like to think about how we can build something that is a little bit different each time,” the designers told us. The fabrics were inspired by London, the birthplace of punk, and included Japanese wools, fur accents, Italian winter tartans, and monochrome plaids.

A piece you should keep your eyes on? A waterproof M65 merino wool parka and matching cargo pants, a collaboration with Schoeller Switzerland.

Matiere is one of nine Platform 3 Emerging Men’s Designer contestants in The Daily’Up Next competition with Samsung. As for how they used their Samsung tools in their collection? “We just launched a couple weeks ago at Pitti Uomo, so we took the phone and the 360 camera and documented the journey of the launch and sales of the collection, from Pitti to Paris to London.” Now that’s how you merge fashion and technology!

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