[Inspiring Mind] The Kooples Therapy

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The Kooples' signature black/white ad campaigns

The Kooples F/W 2014 | Prince of Wales suit
graphic cutout dress in leather & suede
The Kooples Sport | boucle sweater
CDC F/W 2014 | Parker with detachable fur collar 

With an aggressive expansion, French label - The Kooples hit U.S. territory like a hurricane. Just this summer, it debuted in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.  Second and third stores are slated to open this fall, respectively in LA and NY.

Launched in 2008 by the Elicha brothers - Alexandre, Laurent, and Raphael; the same brothers behind another cute successful line, called Comptoir des Cotonniers.  If you are fashion conscious, and live in one of the aforementioned cities, you probably recognize their signature black & white couples ad campaigns, where they feature real life cool couples.   The Kooples is a brand of clothing for men and women, where pieces are sometimes interchangeable between the sexes.  “Our wives take our jackets, and we take their scarves,” Alexandre Elicha said in a NY Times interview.  

The brothers have recently partnered with Norton & Sons, top tailors from London's Savile Row, to create an impeccably crafted neo-dandy look, evoking a London rocker with a Parisian sense of je ne sais quoi.  While The Kooples is known to be rocker chic, I often find sophisticated, wearable pieces in every collection. The suits are especially great for contemporary professionals.  With a cool brand like this, I can safely speak on behalf of many U.S. fashion lovers, do invade us!  Seriously Kooples, when are you heading to Seattle?

[Fashion Trend] LFW - S/S 2015 Top Trends

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Vivienne Westwood Red Label  - grand dame of punk can drape!

Issa - transparent cutouts and splices of skin have been a recurring theme at LFW.

Ashley Williams - East meets West, '60s Vietnamese prostitutes influenced by American culture

Pringle of Scotland - inserting transparency and reflective properties into fabrics.

Preen Line - designer duo's mathematical approach to pattern

Michael van der Ham - mixed media fashion

Greg Lauren (nephew of Ralph Lauren) - re-purposed deconstructed elegance

Fashion East - deconstructed mixed media

Image source:  style.com

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