For SS18, Levi's Made & Crafted celebrate Japanese craftsmanship and Australian Aboriginal culture.
This season Levi's take Japanese surf culture and mix it with bold and traditional Aboriginal sea life expression, with a denim twist.
Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Sydney and Tokyo and venturing into the open, the natural wonders of the vast ocean seascapes that dominate the coasts are reflected in the shades of indigo and woven textures used throughout the collection. With denim at its core, the collection respects Japanese craft and precision as well as Australian graphic boldness.
Shibori is one of the earliest Japanese hand dyeing techniques dating back to the 8th century. Unique patterns are created by folding, tying, stitching, twisting or binding fabrics and dip dyeing them, creating unique patterns. Traditionally the main dye used was indigo as it continues to bleed, softening the edges and creating an irregular beauty. Levi’s® Made & Crafted® draws inspiration from this rich heritage and blends it with considered style. Selected wardrobe essentials include t-shirts and Truckers jackets featuring uneven indigo dyes that fade from dark to light. The shimmering blue seas of Australia and Japan echo the deep natural patterns of Shibori; its beauty truly lies in its uniqueness.
The iconic trucker jacket is positioned as the must-have silhouette with “Voodoo Surf” weaved throughout. From the indigo Shibori Boxy Trucker, to the more abstract artwork expressed through embroidery patterns on the Tribal Trucker and Beaded Trucker. The collection finds further beauty in pairing the most unique materials from around the world. A one-of-a-kind French hand-loomed fabric creates a show stopping contemporary piece as in the Tribal Trucker.
Simple construction techniques used in the boy tee, crew fleece and weekend hoodie all demonstrate the most contemporary of Shibori dyeing techniques and laid back surf culture. Their cozy style complements the collection’s iconic denim – creating an outfit that is ripe for adventure.
In bottoms, surf inspired fits are showcased. The Spliced Flare and Split Arrow are familiar shapes re-invented using splicing and Shibori to give them a modern twist. Shibori treatments were used to give uneven indigo patterns and remarkable destruction. All selvedge denim in the collection features the Levi’s® Made & Crafted® proprietary indigo selvedge.
Lastly, the charming summer culotte and crop top. This silhouette uses wide leg, relaxed fit and high rise on bottom and a sleeveless button-up on top which makes for a lasting Voodoo Surf inspired outfit. Both are the perfect embodiment of the Shibori technique and are future contemporary classics.
The collection will be available online and in-store soon.