Engineered Garments took its name from a pattern maker hired to draft the first round of patterns. She claimed that the clothes were not designed but engineered due to the vast amount of detailing involved in each garment. The Japanese designer of the collection Daiki Suzuki agreed. Details from U.S. sportswear outdoor clothing and military clothing are all included in the collection and give Engineered Garments a unique and practical detailing missing in so much of American sportswear today.
Daiki coveted American sportswear when growing up in Japan. To him clothing which came out of the U.S. was an interesting blend of design and innovation and the latest in industrial manufacturing. He was mesmerized by the details and saw that American sportswear was affected in many ways throughout the decades by the immigrants who sewed the clothes for the industry specialists who designed and manufactured them. He came to appreciate the flaws and weaknesses in some of the manufacturing processes and thought they defined many of the American made clothes in a special way. Those clothes have a natural, post modernist and deconstructivist quality about them. If a button falls off, you sew another one on, but it probably won't match and that makes it uniquely yours. When you find a garment that you love to wear it survives with you in its own way and becomes a second skin. It is these clothes that I want to make, clothes that you love wearing and become yours through the experience you have with them.
Garbstore’s Autumn/Winter 23 collection is inspired by the Mountain Grill café that once inhabited Portobello Road, the birthplace of British beatnik culture and a hotbed for underground magazines and up-and-coming artists.