A little over a year and a half into the life of Baja East, its designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon are already going back to their roots, revisiting some of the items that did well in their first collection: inky antique-patterned Bajas and skater shorts, and ikat graffiti cashmere sweatpants that are part of a burgeoning core collection.
That doesn’t mean they’re out of ideas. Consistency is smart for any new, relatively unknown collection, but newness is also necessary. Studenberg and Targon delivered it in blue-and-white striped cotton shirtdresses cut as a maxi halter layered with a wrap bandeau, and a shorter shirtdress over wide culottes. Everything with the exception of swim is meant to be worn by men and women alike, as part of the collection’s “ambisexual” look, which is sexier than one would think.