Ever aspired to look like a “Blood In, Blood Out” chicano? Neither had we before Second/Layer SS17. There aren’t many designers that could inspire us to toss out our Common Projects out in place of beat up Vans. A favorite emerging brand of ours this year, Second/Layer has caught our eye and completely flipped our wardrobe.
An aesthetic equal parts streetwear and equal parts high fashion, Second/Layer draws from and builds on the East LA “cholo” look that feels so paradoxically laid-back and tailored at the same time. In an overdressed and hyper-curated fashion week crowd, it’s easy to spot Second/Layer founders Joshua Willis and Anthony Franco. The pair aren’t your typical menswear designer duo. Stringy surfer-type hair, boxy white tees tied together with pair of vans, the designers look as effortless as their collection. This past Spring 2017 collection may just have solidified Second/Layer as some of the most sought after streetwear garments this year.
It’s easy to identify the inspiration from which the California native designers naturally drew from. Produced is a blend of Mexican suavecito styling and luxury tailoring we never thought could exist. Styled by one our favorites, Eugene Tong, the sum of the baggy trousers, cropped tees and oversized coats is a look of perfect proportions and effortless feel. The recent collection creatively employs striped and plaid patterns — a step forward from the previous, monochrome collections.
Photography by Morgan Russell
Catch us this season wearing cropped hoodies, drawstring trousers with a pair of old school Vans. I can already guess that my friends will tell me I’m loco for paying that much for a boxy hoodie. To that, I say that’s simply the price of beauty — or, at least, the price to look like a proper suavecito.