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IMPRESSIONS

AUTUMN/WINTER

OUR LEGACY

2011


IMPRESSION


Our Legacy - 1-4 Impressions 4-8 Building a Legact- 8-10 Looks 10-14 Footwear - 14-18 Outerwear- 18 21 Looks - 21-15 Shirting - 25-26 Richard - 27-29 Suiting Looks Our Legacy & tres bein shop Index


Based around men’s basic wardrobe demands, Our Legacy founders Jockum Hallin and Christopher Nying have, in only six years, perfectly managed to establish a relaxed but well-dressed look. Much of the brand’s focus is on the fabrics and cuts, often not just through great quality but also with an unconventional approach sometimes resulting in ill-fitting proportions and ruggedly structured materials, as we’ve seen in the last few collections. With ‘Impressions’ for this Autumn Winter and last season’s ‘Observations’, there’s an almost academic and philosophic approach to clothes; these pieces will not go out of fashion because they never were fashion. They might be part

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of a style, but it’ll always be the style of the wearer, not the brand. In menswear especially, it is key for brands to find the balance between style, affordability, quality and wearability. A subtle and earthy colour palette on top of that and you’re good to go. Our Legacy delivers on all accounts, creating a brand that, if anything, encapsulates a lifestyle more than just a style. The design duo and art director Tony Cederteg’s reference points are as unexpected as they make perfect sense; 80s vintage Armani, Helmut Lang threads from the 90s, Wu-Tang Clan, hardcore punk, photography books and art installations shape the Our Legacy look.


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in the menswear world are taking note. After stringing together their first collection only five years ago, Our Legacy has defied odds and soldiered forward.

When asked about Swedish aesthetics, you would conjure examples of their signature elements of design: minimalist forms with an aim at functionality. You’d be hard-pressed to find a fashion insider who would rank Sweden among the most influential places in fashion, but The garments are meant to become Our Legacy’s collections have a part of the wearer’s travels been growing and their products and experiences, as they are are turning heads, which may be constructed to take on character enough to put Sweden on the world elements of their wearers. With a stage for more than just design. style that’s both prep and utilitarian, The brand has frequently been the garments don’t scream to be dubbed the A.P.C. of Scandinavia, noticed, but once you begin to take but after speaking to Richardos a closer look, the craftsmanship Klarén, one of the core members and uncompromising design stand of the four-headed team (that also out in their own right.  The cost includes Cristopher Nying, Jockum of materials and manufacturing a Hallin and Oliver Saunders) that well-executed piece, even if the coordinates the brand, we get the latter is done overseas, is daunting sense that Our Legacy is far more in today’s frenetic economic complex than another brand riding a climate. And for an upstart brand– ephemeral trend. even with a strong reputation and placement in fine retail spaces On a page on your website, your like Tres Bien, the challenges are mission statement of sort says, even greater. But Our Legacy “Every garment indeed has a soul, keeps plodding along, and those but never until you have filled it

In our discussion with Our Legacy, we present a well-rounded portrait of a brand whose potential is only partially realized. Many brands have flooded the prep scene, and with today’s seemingly fly-by-night “return to manliness” approach, many brands won’t survive the trend. But a legacy is about the strength of inspiration, and in the case of the three men crafting line after line of solid garments, a legacy is also about maintaining a reputation.

Produced by Dan Hwang Written & Interview by Jesse Carr

“We look at a garment as a product that you fill with cultural and personal value to become much more than just a product.”

Building a Legacy An Interview with Our Legacy

Many lines, like yours, have been increasingly exporting their manufacturing to Portugal. What are some important elements of Portuguese manufacturing?

Richardos: That’s a good formulation. We look at a garment as a product that you fill with cultural and personal value to become much more than just a product. To be able to do that, wear it in and make it into your own individual product, it has to be very well-constructed and made out of a very good materials. Otherwise it would break before it had the chance to get unique.

Richardos: The key advantages with Portugal and why it works so well with our specific product are multiple. Quality-wise, they have a very high level and they are very flexible when it comes to trying new ideas working with low While many may be aware of the minimums. There are a lot of small excellence of Scandinavian furniture family-owned factories there that design, our readers may not be do what they do out of love for the familiar with the Scandinavian garments, like we do. tradition in fashion. Can you give What are some of your artistic our readers a simple version of your influences from the other artistic what’s going on in contemporary realms (films, painting, sculpture, menswear in that region of the literature, etc…). How do these world? influences find their way into your collections? Richardos: Hard question. I don’t know the answer on that really. Richardos: The artistic branches We don’t see our product as that you mention are all very something Scandinavian primarily. important in our work. Painting, But I guess it’s something raw films, literature, and sculpture and unpretentious in Scandinavian are things that we love and get design in general that’s always inspired by. They are what get been there and now the rest of the our thoughts moving forward. It’s

world has opened its eyes to it. I actually think it’s closely related to Scandinavian furniture design; it has the same thoughts, same spirit.

with yours.” Can you talk about the construction of your garments as items that begin to reveal characteristics of their wearers?

Richardos: That’s still a well-kept secret.

Richardos: We went from a few printed T-shirts in 2005 to incorporating in 2007 and the first complete collection in spring 2008. From 2008, the growth has been fast, yet we are a very small company, consisting of six people who work in the office, excluding the stores. What can a consumer expect to see in Fall and Winter of 2011?

Describe the growth of your brand since 2005, when you released your first pieces?

hard to be concrete here, but it’s like it is with everything, you see something, get inspired to look at something similar and then it moves on. I think we have the need to create what we are thinking about.


A great everyday knitted piece. Made from the softest Italian virgin wool and knitted with love. Thick collar, ribbed cuffs and hem and a slim fit. Wear your regular size.

Shaw Collar Cardi Grey Camel

Slim fitted, heavy wool. Made from a heavy Italian wool fabric and is buttoned with metal buttons. Half lined with nylon, slightly built shoulders and double vent slit in the back. The big patch pockets gives the jacket a relaxed feel. Works also perfect as a coat on early fall days. Fits true to size.

Double Breasted Blazer Grey Twill

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Perfect 100% Virgin Wool rolling three button blazer in a multi colored fleck. “Rolling 3B� means the blazer has three buttons but the lapel is rolled so that you can wear it as a 2 buttoned as well. Three patch pockets. This blazer is unconstructured and unlined in body with french tailored seams and silk arm lining. Fit is right, feeling is good with trousers to match.

Rolling 3 Button Blazer Grey Weed

A three button, boxy fitted jacket that is made from a washed wool fabric. A jacket to wear everyday to everything. Soft shoulders, shirt cuffs with big buttons and rounded lapels for a more relaxed fit. Big artist pockets and closed in the back for a more outerwear feel.

Generous Fit Jacket Vulcano Black

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A warm and technical piece with heavy duty oiled Italian canvas cotton that’s water repellent removable lining in melton wool with a shirling look. This one can be used separate as a cool wool jacket. The parka is perfect for early fall without the lining as well. Buttoned up, big hood, slanted hand warmers and big flap front pockets. Fits true to size.

Shield Jacket Olive Vintage Oil

A waxy piece of outerwear from the Legacy. A heavy cotton fabric, all soaked in wax that gives it a weather protective surface. A big detachabke hood, waist band on the inside and big flap pockets on the front. Look no further for the perfect fall parka. Fits true to size.

Versatile Parka Deep Forest Wax

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Grey tweed ‘Baseball’ shirt featuring a round neck, front button fastening, single chest patch pocket, a fine knit with speckles of colour and short sleeves.

Baseball Vest Grey Weed

The 1950’s shirt is slightly slimmer than it’s colleague, the 1940’s. A small chest pocket and high vents on the sides that gives it a bit of a workwear feel. Buttoned up with mother of pearl and button down collar. Here in a thick fall flannel check to wear and tear.

1950’s Grey Melange Check

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Looks


[Laughs] Yeah, I tend to enjoy mixing high and low. Perhaps Our Legacy‘s camel suede shirt, a pair of dead stock cargo’s and a pair of black cordovan’s to match, and then a black cashmere coat on top of that. Not that tricky, huh?

You’re notoriously known amongst friends to have a very versatile wardrobe and for wearing what many people could only dream of pulling off. Could you explain one of your more harder-to-pull-off outfits?

Well, to be honest it was first in ’98 when I was 18 and, haha. Of course, the only thing I could afford was a white t-shirt. A v-neck one with white print.

Rumor has it that you bought your very first Margiela garment at the young age of 17 back in 1997. If that’s really true and what did you get?

Richardos Klarén is one third of the Our Legacy foundation and also one of the sharpest dressers north of Cape Town. We called our good friend to have him talk a little bit about his personal taste as well as future plans and memorable fashion purchases.

Written & Interview by Tres Bein

We believe that this Our Legacy collection is the strongest we’ve ever seen since we first started working together 5 years ago. Which are your 5 favorite pieces this season? Navy pinstripe suit – If I want to feel like a dressed up thug. Few pieces gives me the same feeling of being heavy weight.

I’ve always listened to more Biggie, RIP.

Tupac or Biggie?

In general, we looked at many nice heavy wool fabrics, with a lot of structure. We’ve already made a couple of patterns past seasons, but we’ll definitely have more of that, lots of big patterns if there’s been more small ones before. We’re also very keen on mixtures in composition, wool, cashmere, hemp silk, etc. Technical fabrics continues to take place and develop in both color and structure. I think that fabrics that are structured are much more interesting that flat ones.

When we talked over the phone some time ago, you were at a fabric fair in Paris. What could we expect from Our Legacy’s fabric choices for Fall / Winter 2012?

An Interview w/ Richardos Klarén

ww – This could be my absolute favorite for this season. A minimalistic duffel with hidden buttoning and only one clean horn button at the neck. Two fabrics glued together to create heaviness and the right drop. A rather luxurious coat considering that is uses Melton fabric as lining. Super warm!

Perfect tee grey melange – It almost feels as if I don’t have to motivate this choice, but the grey mel’ tee is my most used piece of clothing, and the soft and almost pixel-like quality of the fabric gives it a magical depth.

Great sweat charcoal towel – I’m really digging unexpected structures in classic garments. This sweatshirt does an equal job of being your shower towel as being worn.

Black ball cap in wool – I’ve since long advocated the snakeskin boots, blue denim, black washed tee, long black coat topped off with a black ball cap-look. Black wool feels up to date and rough.


New easy shape with a slight 90’s feel, finished in a black fleck-like fabric

New easy shape with a slight 90’s feel, finished in a black fleck-like fabric

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Our Legacy and Tres Bein Shop have had a long standing relationship, having started out at about the same time, Our Legacy and Tres bein now share a retail space the ‘Welcome’ shop. Which is located in Stockholm’s Östermalm area and carries parts of the Our Legacy collection and selected items from the Très Bien stock, as well as special items and one-offs. Nying and Cederteg also run Libraryman, an independent publishing company specialising in art and photography books, adding to the idea of a brand obsessed with the greater image, not just details.

The approach was to develop a generic store concept that can be applied in difxferent locations and contexts. The architectural concept involves a matrix of furniture, a total of 64 variants that derives from an analysis on dimensions and different ways on how to display the collections. Expression and materiality of the furniture may vary from store to store. On Sibyllegatan, that also includes showroom and headquarters for Our Legacy, it´s a collage of different ambitions – cosmopolitan, intimate, flexible, cheap, exclusive, lush and poetic. A piece of the city.

Our Legacy & Tres Bein Welcome.


Our Legacy & Tres Bein

Welcome


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Our Legacy and Tres Bein Shop have had a long standing relationship, having started out at about the same time, Our Legacy and Tres bein now share a retail space the ‘Welcome’ shop. Which is located in Stockholm’s Östermalm area and carries parts of the Our Legacy collection and selected items from the Très Bien stock, as well as special items and one-offs. Nying and Cederteg also run Libraryman, an independent publishing company specialising in art and photography books, adding to the idea of a brand obsessed with the greater image, not just details.

Welcome.


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Zip Boot Brown Suede Dainite

Mens Dinner Coat Black Cash

Duffle Coat Charcoal Tweed Eternal Glue

Three Button Dinner Coat Marble.

1940’S Chambray

1940’S Rinse Wash

Trouser Plumbago Grey

Relaxed Classic Blazer Black Sheep

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Classic 2 Button Blazer Plumbago Grey

Heavy Oxford Army Grain Black

Cap Toe Derby Boot Black Vibram

Mac Marine With Pearl Buttons

Versatile Parka Deep Forest Wax

1950’S Heavy American Oxford White

1950’S Grey Melange Check

1940’S Truck Driver Check

Trouser Navy Washed

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1940’S Redskins Check

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1950’S Polka Dot Indigo

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Genereous Fit Jacket Vulcano Blue

Rolling 3 Button Blazer Navy Pinstripe

1940’S Truck Driver Check

Aviator Jacket Heavy Black Suede

Alpaca Coat Charcoal

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Slim Fit Raw Blue

Ball Cap Grey Wool

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Turtle Neck Camel

Baipu Rib Crew Neck Charcoal

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1950’s Ice Cream Stripe Red & Blue

Shield Jacket Olive Vintage Oil

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Mac Marine

Great Sweat Reversed Weave Hockey Trophy

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Rolling 3 Button Blazer Grey Weed w/ trousers

Generous Fit Jacket Brown

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1950’S Great Sweat Grey Organic Melange

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Index

Melton Wool Blazer Navy

Double Breasted Blazer Black Crepe

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1950’S Grey Top Flannel

1950’S Jacqueline Print

Generation Shirt Indigo Indiana Stripe

Double Breasted Coat Black Cash

Mens Dinner Coat Tilted Rain

Zip Boot Black Calf

Double Breasted Blazer Black Crepe

Baseball Vest Grey Weed

Trouser Navy Washed

Ball Cap Black Woo

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Stockists

Great Britain www.endclothing.co.uk www.my-wardrobe.com www.oki-ni.com www.coggles.com www.kiosk78.co.uk www.glassboutique.co.uk www.aphrodite1994.com www.psyche.co.uk www.farfetch.com www.goodstead.co.uk www.oipolloi.com www.thethreethreads.com www.atoo.co.uk www.indigoandcloth.com www.pure-man.com www.hubshop.co.uk www.thegreat-divide.com EU www.yoox.com www.super-market.se www.fever.se www.tresbienshop.net www.zoovillage.com www.aplace.com www.stoy-munkholm.dk www.novoidplus.com www.frenchtrotters.fr www.shop.fott.ru www.kocksgatan17.se www.selvage.se www.pedestoffershop.com www.lenouveaumagasin.com www.magarderobe.com www.volt.no America www.needsupply.com www.shopbird.com www.shopfredsegalman.com www.shoppenelopes.com Switzerland www.rooneyshop.com www.jonathanandolivia.com www.fourhorsemen.ca Australia www.incuclothing.com www.ourlegacy.se


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