FILLING PIECES LAUNCHES FIRST EVER READY-TO-WEAR IN COLLABORATION WITH BARNEYS NYC
In an exclusive collaboration with New York retail icon Barneys, Amsterdam based luxury footwear brand Filling Pieces is proud to present its first clothing collection. The partnership comes just eight years after the launch of the now iconic Low Top silhouette and several successful seasons of boundary pushing footwear design.
For his first foray outside of footwear, founder and creative director Guillaume Philibert drew inspiration from his formal education in architecture. Each piece is carefully constructed around the idea ‘Form Follows function’ – a principle popularized by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright which dictates that the shape of an object should relate to its intended purpose.
“When Barneys approached us to work on an exclusive Ready-To-Wear launch we started researching the process of creating apparel. It felt so natural that we decided to take the next step in expanding Filling Pieces from a footwear brand into a global multi disciplined brand.
My first encounter with Barneys was at the age of 16. It was my first time in New York. Due to my interest in architecture, which I later ended up studying, I had to visit The Guggenheim museum. Afterwards, overwhelmed by the building, the space and the feeling it gave me, I walked all the way down Madison Avenue to Barneys.
I remember being on the hunt for a sweater by Billionaire Boys Club, which was the label designed and founded by Pharrell Williams, and one of the first brands to exist during the era of luxury streetwear. The level of the fashion, the whole shopping experience, the in-store presentation, and the care for product was something that at that age I had never experienced before. This is where my personal love for Barneys started.
That crossover from being in Guggenheim, and then Barneys, has always stuck with me, forming the creative tissue that makes up the theme of this collection. As an homage to that personal moment and vision, the collection is based on the architectural ideology that ‘Form Follows Function’. I’m very grateful to launch our first ready-to-wear collection with Barneys.’ – Guillaume Philibert, founder.
The debut collection consists of spring/summer ready track pants, trousers and several jackets that effortlessly blend luxury materials with technical fabrics mirroring the brand’s approach to footwear. This is complimented with more accessible sweaters, hoodies and tees crafted from the finest jersey.
For the campaign imagery, we enlisted the help of OVO Sound signed Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan. As long-time friends and fans of the brand, the Toronto natives – notorious for their style both on-stage and off – were a natural fit for our first clothing release. The shoot was captured by American photographer Steven Taylor, the man behind iconic images of Jamie Foxx, Future and Miguel amongst countless others. His work is celebrated for capturing subjects in a candid environment that really exposes their true personality.
This extremely limited collection will be available exclusively in-store at Barneys NYC, LA, Barneys.com and through our webshop at www.fillingpieces.com.
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