Linder and Conie Vallese have teamed up.
The luxury men’s wear brand has tapped the Brooklyn-based Argentinean artist to create a capsule collection that’s inspired by Japanese resortwear from the Fifties and the Japanese film “Crazed Fruit.”
Vallese, who is known for her black-and-white ink illustrations, lent her prints to Linder’s designers and cofounders, Kirk Millar and Sam Linder, who placed them on pieces made from woven jacquard and embellished with snaps. The collection, which retails from $350 to $1,050, includes a classic resort shirt with exaggerated back pleats, a collarless top, shorts, pants, a shirt, a jacket and a coat.
Millar and Linder, who met at a Odin, where Millar used to work, launched Linder in 2013 and opened a bricks-and-mortar store in SoHo shortly after, where they sell their own line along with pieces from brands including Chapal, Foster & Son and Lucchese. The line, which also includes a collection of unisex sneakers, is sold on its e-commerce site, within the Linder store, and in Japan at Wism and Adam et Rope.
According to Millar, they are interested in building out their wholesale distribution and transitioning their store to focus less on third-party brands.
“We want the retail space to be a showroom or gallery type of environment,” said Millar, who added that although they will carry fewer third-party brands, they do plan on stocking the space with one-off special pieces from different designers.