Jay and I were hired recently by Red Wing and Barney’s NYC to travel to Red Wing, MN to document the making of their first collaboration. It was a great honor and we could not have been more pleased with the result. This photo essay has been broken into 3 parts, please enjoy.
The Safari Short has been a staple of the Rogue Territory collection for a few seasons now. It was originally inspired by standard issue military trousers for the infantry personnel stationed in Vietnam. The gusseted pockets which are the defining detail of the short was pulled from a 30s work shirt chest pocket. When combined the 2 details make for a super functional and very subtle design.
We wanted to incorporate something from the Texan landscape since we were taking these with us to Marfa, TX for The Collective Quarterly. The end result was a custom pattern inspired by the traditional Navajo woven blankets that are a huge part of the mid-western culture and have been produced in Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Texas for over 200 years. To keep the clean aesthetic of the short we decided that the print was not going to be the main focus but used more as an accent. Like a colorful pocket square in a blazer, these shorts have just enough pop to add intrigue and remain classy.
Seth Putnam is a very dear friend and a great man. He is a magazine writer and editor who works regularly for Details magazine, Chicago magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among many others. He lives in the Windy City, where he writes about living well. He also is the editor of The Midwestyle and a mixologist for The Overserved Society. More recently, Seth is the editor of The Collective Quarterly with Jay and myself.
We got the opportunity to shoot a special collaboration with one of our favorite designers and great friend, Kristina from Fischer Clothing. She has made a limited edition run of a print designed by Ilana Kohn. This collaboration instantly received notoriety as it was featured on the Daily Candy blog in their 2013 wedding guide. Be sure to head over to Fischer Clothing’s online shop to pick up a piece of this one of a kind product.