photography by Beth Lesser for Aime Leon Dore
Let’s not pretend spring in New York is a real season. What ends up happening is we get ten days of beautiful spring and then we immediately find ourselves in sticky summer heat. With a summer closet to be prepared, Aime Leon Dore has blessed us again with a 36-piece collection entitled “Kingston 1983”. The aptly named collection takes some not so subtle hints from 80’s Jamaican culture. The collection consists of ALD classics this time around in light cottons and linens. While unmistakably ALD, “Kingston 1983” is an elegant reflection of reggae culture. Warm, muted colors blended with contemporary styles stir in us an nostalgia for a time that never existed. Off white linen shorts paired with a tan cotton knit hoodie is one tasteful way to show off how little you care about weather confused fashion.
As we plan for the summer, we’re stocking up heavy on cream linens and so it’s nice to know that ALD has the versatility to put out creative summer garments. Best of all, we can keep wearing our Common Projects with all these outfits. Because we all know that one “I’m so fashion and you’re not” guy who’s going to be wearing Stan Smith’s with calf-suffocating, distressed light-wash jeans all summer. (I’d venture to guess that this said person also owns a pair of Clubmaster’s.) While your coworkers probably tout this “fashion killer” as the fashionable guy of the office, you’ll be draped down in summer linens and 80’s Jamaican-inspired colors. Just know that when you step out for a coffee run in that 90-degree heat and all your coworkers are sweating through their shirts, you’ll be asking, “do you guys even know how comfortable I am?”.