Italian ski and outdoor clothing Brand Colmar has revealed the first designer it will be working with on the A.G.E. (Advanced Garment Exploration) collection is Shayne Oliver.
American designer Shayne Oliver is best known for his New York based label Hood By Air. He has previously collaborated with Diesel, Longchamp, and Helmut Lang.
The Colmar A.G.E. Shayne Oliver collection is designed on the theme of “Alpine nostalgia” and includes a number of re-imagined jackets inspired by original archive designs.
Innovative pieces include outerwear that becomes cape-jackets that can be hung from the shoulders like parachutes, double and triple reversible parkas, and unisex over trousers similar to the gaiters produced by Colmar in the 1970s.
Giulio Colombo, CEO of Colmar, said: “Seeing how Shayne Oliver has interpreted our history was definitely interesting, The association between our two worlds, if at the start I thought would be difficult to see, has produced amazing results. What I appreciate is that while reworking iconic pieces of the past in an extreme way, Shayne has been able to preserve their soul and so it is easy to guess which jackets, sweatshirts and trousers were his inspiration.”
Shayne Oliver added: “Colmar has an incredible heritage in outerwear and it is indisputably the master of ski apparel. Searching through their almost centenary archives was exciting. And it was particularly intriguing to transform these collections and reconfigure them through street language and my aesthetics. Our encounter is an experiment in mood and energy which drives the outerwear collection a maximum, juggling the iconic products of Colmar with my sense of performance and a unisex approach to wearing fashion.”
Oliver has designed three separate collections for Colmar A.G.E., which will be available from Browns London and premium global fashion retailers.