From the cold, shining waters of Puget Sound, with the sound of the ferry boats echoing in the misty morning and the smell of the sea mingling with the aroma of coffee, designers Derek Buse and Joe Sadler drew their inspiration for their Orcas Island collection for CWST (pronounced “quest”). Manufactured completely in LA, the collection screams Pacific Northwest apathy, grunge, Kurt Cobain, resignation, skate rats, and cold, misty weather. Defining the collection were fleece vests and pullovers, CPO jackets, capes and serapes, quilting, heavy layering, checks, plaids, pinstripes, double-faced fabrics, and tribal totem prints from the NW Native
Americans. Says GQ, “CWST is everything you love about West Coast, New York and Japanese labels combined.” Presented at New York Men’s Day, the atmosphere of a fern-filled forest was so pervasive, one could almost smell it. Models stood on pedestals around an artful arrangement of foliage. The collection and its presentation had a darkness about them (much like the Northwest and it’s inhabitants) that was at once compelling and disturbing. A twisted vision of nomadic luxury, the apocalyptic grunge vibe espoused dissonant layering (checks over stripes over leopard), oversized fuzzy cardigans, and lined shirt jackets with a few unexpected details.
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