Matiere Gets a JumpKick for FW14


The fall collection from Matiere knows nothing of the so-called ‘sophmore slump’.


The FW14 outing from Matiere is only the second collection from the fledgling LA-based menswear label. But you’d never know it by looking at the clothing, a well-seasoned mix of innovative fabrics, sophisticated design and sporty influences. But while their brand might still be in its infancy, Matiere’s founders Scot Shandalove and Jake Zeitlin aren’t exactly fashion industry newbies: Shandalove launched Colorfast Apparel and was a merchandise director at Burton and WeSC. Zeitlin was an art director at Colorfast who worked with Vans and Hurley.

Their combined experiences at these lifestyle and action sports brands are apparent at Matiere, especially in the fall collection which places an understated, Japanese streetwear spin on American athletic apparel. The raglan sleeve is a hallmark, used in a slim, hooded jacket, quilted sweatshirt, and two-tone grey button-up. A cool, navy field jacket is rendered in a cotton/ wool blend created especially for Matiere (as are most of their fabrics). We don’t even mind the drop crotch trousers (particularly the wrap around style) even though Justin Bieber had previously spoiled them for us. We can definitely see these pieces mingling on the racks for the likes of Public School (albeit at a more down to earth price point). Even so, we’re really enjoying the fashion forward sporty direction going on in menswear right now.

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