Striver’s Row Available at The BKc e-Shop: American fashion always had a fascination with military clothing and camouflage. This season the craze was the talk at all the shows and on the backs of all the stylish attendees. We were a little apprehensive about riding the camo wave, but are fans of Striver’s Row with or without the camouflage boom. If there ever was a brand that can claim the print outside of the military, it’s Striver’s Row. We are always happy to present their view on the pattern. The product has been selling really well at all of our shops (NYc & SF), so we decided to introduce it in our online shop. We sat down with Nchimunya (pronounced Chi-moon-ya) our resident stylist, to answer a few questions about her thought process, camouflage and her love of styling.
What are your thoughts on camouflage and how it’s made an appearance once again in American men’s style + Character?
Camouflage is a method of concealment that allows an otherwise visible animal, military vehicle or object to remain unnoticed by blending with its environment. The influences from nature were used in the military and are now a part of the daily landscape of style & fashion. Military influences have a clear presence in fashion from the runway to the streets, which are obvious through prints or garment details. The interpretations of battle gear has infiltrated the world of style and character and I embrace it. It’s the perfect medium that tells a story of where fashion is and where it stems from.
What was your thought process on this shoot and how did you communicate the vision of having to work with so much camouflage? I wanted to blend the raw with the refined and play on juxtaposition. A crisp white fitted BKc shirt paired with distressed Striver’s Row camo pants, a clean pair of Wolverine Thousand Mile boots topped with a vintage leather motorcycle jacket and an 8 panel hat.
We noticed you only used one piece of camouflage in all the looks. Is that the rule of thumb? Was the goal not to overload on the pattern but to infuse it into a look? Less is more in my book. Striver’s has so many amazing details in their garments which would compete or lost when paired with or overloaded with too much camo.
Any tips on how men should buy camouflage and incorporate it into their wardrobe? Most trends die hard. Camouflage may or may not be an everlasting “go to basic” but while the wave of military influences are high, I do beleive the best is yet to come. The varieties in prints and silhouette are endless and the beauty of it is that there are no rules when working with the print
Final thoughts? The revolution that claims no rules is indeed ruled by a rich history of how fashion is so heavily influenced by the “urban rise” and the “refined youth”. Military camouflage print represents to me this very revolution in style. It doesn’t represent war and destruction, it represents the bridge between us. Visit the online shop, check out Striver’s Row and let us know your thoughts. Striver’s Row Available at The BKc e-Shop.