all photography by Billy Fischer for Aimé Leon Dore
Aimé Leon Dore
Aimé Leon Dore, know the name. New York based minimalist brand exploded onto the menswear scene three seasons ago with a comprehensive collection of structured French terry and wool basics.
I don’t know what Aimé Leon Dore means, but I can be sure I’m pronouncing it wrong like when I said “SEST LA VIE” for five years before someone corrected me.
The Aimé Leon Dore FW15 “35th Street” collection is a heavy hitting 37-piece release, showcasing what ALD does best: detailed basics, quality fabrics and minimal silhouettes. The combinations and the layering is flawless — the presentation alone is impeccable and the model knows it.
Key to More Success
Stepping outside of their expertise with French terry, ALD pushes the sometimes tight boundaries of minimal menswear. Featuring Japanese sherpa and fleece, ALD shows us the potential of minimal outerwear.
A shawl collar combined with a fleece exterior gives the coat an expensive Parisian hotel robe look. Yet, the concealed buttons and full lining says otherwise.
Coming in at around $500, the price point for the coat is more than fair considering the garments are New York manufactured with Japanese fabrics.
Plus if people see you in a fleece coat they’ll think you have so much success that owning an otherwise impractical fuzzy coat is no big deal. The implication being that you own so many coats you wouldn’t be wearing the fleece every day— the implication is the ultimate flex.
Just Odd Enough
If you haven’t already picked up on our favorite F/W outfit, read up in our past issue on how to layer tees, basic hoodies and overcoats. The collection is comprehensive in that it maintains a balance between layering pieces and outerwear.
But ALD elevates our favorites to another level. Fleece on fleece, Sherpa on wool, ALD raises the bar for minimal menswear. While a Sherpa hoodie might seem too odd, the neutral colors paired with clean wool trousers bring it back down to just odd enough.
Given the minimal nature of Parts & Form, the styles we dissect might often seem repetitive and featureless. But ALD showcases the possible range of permutations black, greys and whites present. We’ll definitely touch on ALD again in the near future
*all pieces from this issue are Aimé Leon Dore so I’ve put together a selection of my favorites