By  on July 16, 2009

Progressive sportswear hits the Lower East Side.


Nautical style doesn’t always mean posh and preppy. Norsea Industries is inspired by the people of the rugged and remote North Sea coastline. Think Trojans, Celts, Saxons, Vikings and 18th-century whalers. That’s no yacht club. Based in Yorkshire, England, creative director Stephen Banks has designed men’s wear for almost 20 years for brands including Paul Smith, Ben Sherman and Tommy Hilfiger. He launched Norsea for fall 2008. Local utility and workwear are a main source of inspiration, along with local craft techniques like silversmithing, fishermen’s knits and scrimshaw. Norsea also is committed to using organic cotton, yarns and dyes whenever possible. Timo WeilaNd Designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein launched a neckwear line called Timo Weiland for pre-fall 2009, and are expanding the brand to a full men’s and women’s collection, including knitwear and accessories. The inspiration for the neckwear is a cross section of historical references, such as Edwardian England and 18th-century France, rendered in surprising fabrics like duchess satin, silk charmeuse and perforated leather, coupled with a bright, bold palette. The debonair apparel collection continues this concept by infusing inspiration from the Baroque through Rococo eras into modern, edgy silhouettes. The period elements also are reflected in custom prints such as floral silk reminiscent of a decaying garden encircling a rural English manor. Timo Weiland is planning a presentation for New York Fashion Week.

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