Off-White and Publish Archive Faction launch Gear collaboration that includes Swiss Military knife
A penknife and a chair embellished with fig leaves are included in a group designed by Off-White in collaboration with Publish Archive Faction, Victorinox and Helinox to reference human evolution.
Off-White, the clothes model created by the late designer Virgil Abloh, teamed up with Korean vogue collective Publish Archive Style (PAF), furnishings model Helinox and knife producer Victorinox for the Gear assortment.
The Gear line was designed as “a performancewear assortment on the intersection of design and utility made to navigate ‘our terrain immediately'”, mentioned the model.
The road goals to reinterpret symbolic motifs and evolutionary designs spanning from “the start of Western historical past” by way of to the Renaissance, modernism and postmodernism.
Among the many symbols used for the gathering is a fig leaf symbolising these worn by Adam and Eve within the backyard of Eden, as described within the Bible.
“The archetypical foliage evokes recollections of our origins whereas its progressive variations underscore the position of creativity in human survival,” Off-White mentioned.
Abloh was concerned within the mission from the beginning and it was one of many final he labored on earlier than his demise from an aggressive type of most cancers final yr.
The gathering contains 12 items, with the garments starting from easy black and white hoodies to the fig-leaf-covered gadgets – a bomber jacket, trousers, long-sleeve tee, bucket hat, and backpack coated in leaf-shaped appliques.
“Employed as a tonal, three-dimensional applique, the fig leaf provides adaptive camouflage in city environments dominated by concrete, asphalt, steel, and plastic,” Off-White mentioned.
PAF aimed for the gathering to create “multidimensional protected zones for human survival” that would come with instruments in addition to clothes.
In addition to the garments, the collaboration features a chair and a desk designed with Helinox in addition to the Swiss Military knife, which was made with Victorinox.
The Swiss Military knife marks the primary time that Victorinox has redesigned the long-lasting knife’s blades and options references to how humanity advanced, with one aspect having photos of the evolution of stone instruments.
The form of the knife’s stainless-steel blades and instruments – a big blade, three-millimeter screwdriver, can opener, reamer, corkscrew, wine stripper, bottle opener, six-millimeter screwdriver, small blade, wooden noticed, and key ring – seem to type the form of a mountain when folded into the case.
“The Gear knife transforms humankind’s earliest instrument (stone) into a up to date and compact multitool,” Off-White mentioned.
The 2 furnishings items included within the assortment, the collapsible Sundown chair and Desk One Laborious Prime Giant, additionally characteristic black fig leaves. These have been hooked up to a tonal black cloth, which is stretched over steel frames.
In one other nod to early instruments, the Gear assortment additionally features a 3D-printed gray stone that claims “Gear.”
This “cements the gathering’s philosophical impetus by manifesting a brand new, postmodern model of nature wherein innovation and natural surroundings intentionally entwine,” the model mentioned.
Quite a few collaborations that Abloh labored on have been launched since he handed away, together with a group of Mattel Universe motion figures and a limited-edition Mercedes-Benz designed with the German automotive model.