Nature has long been one of fashion’s great influencers — one that reminds our clothes of their foundational purpose. As social space became a form of currency in recent times, clothes molded by the great outdoors became a trend well outside the wardrobes of backpacking adventures.
For Spencer Phipps, designing clothes cut from the cloth of wilderness has been far more than a recent direction. After starting his career designing for Marc Jacobs, Phipps joined one of modern menswear’s most notable nature-inclusive brands, Dries Van Noten. The California native’s arrival marked the first time an American had worked on the design team at Dries.
Phipps’s attraction to rugged and lasting garments was a unique ingredient to European trends at the time. His love for practicality wasn’t deterred, still wearing to the office the same pair of Dr. Marten’s boots he had owned for nearly a decade.
“Actually, they fell apart backstage at one of Dries’ shows, the soles just came right off,” he explained to Another Man about his beloved boots.
For the Spring/Summer ‘21, Phipps is calling back to his familiar inspirations within the American West, ultimately translated through the lens of the brand’s Paris headquarters. Staple and wearable garments like workcoats, bowling shirts and knitted sweaters are given a Navajo flare. Pieces are bright and incorporate a refreshing swatch of exciting prints that breathe life and encourage the rediscovery of our outdoor environments.
Browse looks from the collection below and reserve pieces now on our website or the Seasons app.