Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CXXVI | Spring 2010 Lookbook

I can't say I know too much about CXXVI other than the fact that I really enjoyed browsing their nautical inspired Spring 2010 collection. So much so that I now realize that I have spent the last hour and a half reading up on the brand. Hopefully you are as intrigued as I am.

CXXVI is the brainchild of designers Matt Gorton and Jon Contino. The two founded design studio onetwentysix, a full service creative studio located in Port Jefferson, Long Island. Onetwentysix seems to have a unique ability of combining old world aesthetics with the forward thinking of a great metropolis. The duo is responsible for some great t-shirt graphics that you have probably seen gracing the store front of The Brooklyn Circus, or online stores of Franco Shade and Johnny Cupcakes.

CXXVI was an opportunity for Matt and Jon to explore their own collection that initially consisted of primarily limited runs of graphic tees. "We value the process so much. In doing limited edition/unique pieces, we’re able to manage each one individually and also document the process fairly extensively giving the entire brand a very hand-crafted and personal aesthetic". So much so that each shirt is hand-printed and individually hand number. Exemplifying the importance of detail and taking pride in your work. By being so hands on it seems that the brand epitomizes what it means to be part of the working class both in the their involvement in the process and the outcome of the collection.

Spring '10 explores more than graphic tees diving into a tight knit collection of accessories, bags, hooded sweatshirts and long sleeves. While cruising through the Spring 2010 look book a couple pieces really stood out. Check out the Hang 'Em High Bandana ($30), The Local 13 Duffel ($120), The New York, NY Hoodie ($74) and CXXVI's strong cast of graphic tees ($32-$36).

I am not too sure where Matt and Jon find the time to balance running a full fledged studio and filling orders but here's to hoping they continue.