G-Star Raw Research By Aitor Throup Debuts At Paris Fashion Men’s Week
On June 22, G-Star RAW presented for the first time ever on Paris Men’s Fashion Week schedule with a gallery showcase of its latest and most directional capsule collection: G-Star RAW Research by Aitor Throup.
The RAW Research collection is born from G-Star’s internal innovation laboratory, developed and led by creative consultant Aitor Throup, and located at the brand’s Amsterdam HQ. Focused on experimenting with product design by clashing tradition and innovation, the laboratory symbolizes an endeavor to find new ways of crafting denim through the process of exploration, curiosity and experimentation. The resulting first RAW Research collection explores the two polar opposite states in the life of a denim garment, using the same Italian selvage denim fabric for every single piece. On one extreme: rigid, untreated raw denim, on the other: bleached-white denim where only a hint of indigo remains.
The 20-piece collection includes a bleached version of the Rackam 3D tapered jeans and the Rackam bomber, a jacket that can be taken off yet remain attached to the body through an innovative strapping system.
For RAW Research, Throup led the team through a process based largely in experimentation and exploration. He has been collaborating with G-Star on a range of projects and collections since 2014, including developing the concept behind London’s Oxford Street flagship, art directing several major advertising campaigns and designing the brand’s newest 3D Denim style, the Staq.
“I first started working with G-Star because I recognized that a big part of their success had resulted from taking risks and challenging the conventions of denim. After collaborating in a brand-wide capacity for a couple of years, we took a mutual and logical decision to set up a research and innovation lab within the company; with its own dedicated team of specialists focused on researching new possibilities for denim and denim-related products. We call this lab ‘G-Star RAW Research’.” – says Throup about the collaboration
The first G-Star RAW Research capsule collection will be available in select concept high-end stores around the world from mid-November 2016.
Founded in 1989, G-Star RAW remains driven by a philosophy of “Just the Product”. With this dedication to quality and progress, the brand represents the forefront of the denim industry, producing pioneering products and rapidly growing into a global brand. Since inventing the ‘3D Denim’ approach to jeans construction in 1996, with the creation of the G-Star Elwood, G-Star now offers a wide range of apparel, accessories, footwear, and eyewear, alongside its jeans core.
Aitor Throup is an artist, designer and creative director. Throup’s multi-disciplinary design house ‘A.T. Studio’ collaborates across multiple industries and develops the conceptual clothing brand ‘New Object Research’. Both the studio and the brand are committed to imagining and creating new ways of story-telling through object design and the production of related materials.