Oak made its return to New York Fashion Week: Men’s showing a collection on Monday that fit right into the ethos of the city the brand calls home.
Cofounders Louis Terline and Jeff Madalena, who regained control of their business after the bankruptcy filing of former parent American Apparel, offered a comfortable, basics-driven collection that was inspired by the artists who populate the brand’s Brooklyn neighborhood. From paint-splattered shoes to easy Ts, cropped pants, golf jackets and sweats, it was a “super-pragmatic line” that all worked together to tell a cohesive story, Terline said.
And this being New York, there was the requisite black leather — in this case, shorts. “We’re New Yorkers,” Terline said. “Bondage is always a subtext.”