Friday, August 13, 2010

Coming Soon: Burkman Brothers

Our fall delivery from Burkman Brothers will be arriving pretty soon, get ready!
[Fall Winter 2010 Story]
Cool weather, mountain streams and snow covered, alpine forests – all the things that come naturally to designers’ minds when it comes to delivering functional fall collections. For Burkman bros Fall 2010, however, we looked to Shimla, the Himalayan city that served as the summer capital of the British Raj while serving up Anglo- Indian exoticism in extremes. Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architecture alongside a Hindu temple, pine forests and rhododendrons punctuated by the odd elephant, Shimla is everything that the Swiss Alps and Rocky Mountain resort towns can never be: brilliantly unique.

Burkman Bros Fall 2010 channels the distinctive cool of this former colonial outpost through dobby textured outerwear, Himalayan-inspired graphics and a strong collection of masculine pants with the subtlest reference to hiking aesthetics. Foreign Fairisle and fine gauge merino wool sweaters together with comfortable jersey lined flannel shirts, all with the lightest touch of local inspiration, let you layer up without the usual boxy shapes. And as always, our plaids and patterns are unique to Burkman bros – designed by us and woven especially for us – you will not find them anywhere else.

Exotic, masculine and ruggedly sexy, our Himalayan-inspired Burkman bros Fall 2010 collection takes you on a little journey without ever feeling out-of-place, no matter what city or slope you’re trekking around.
Have we mentioned yet that each pattern is designed by the brothers and hand loomed in southern India exclusively for them?

Also have we mentioned that they really are brothers and they are Canadian?

Every season they present the collection with their unique story board. Here are some shots I took from the studio visit back in February.  There were photographs of people and streets, postcards, used tickets, letters with someone's handwriting..., everything that they were inspired by from their trip to Himalaya. I love how their ideas and inspiration come from their own original experiences and you can find the elements of their journey in the collection.  
The Autumn/Winter '10 look book is up on their website now. Take a look!

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