Not usually one for thematic collections, like everyone else, in 2020 N Hoolywood founder and head designer Daisuke Obana found the rhythm of his life interrupted. While confined under lockdown, Obana became fascinated with the US Space Command’s decision to send two astronauts to the International Space Station in the midst of the biggest global health crisis in a century. Captivated by the possibility of imagining beyond the pandemic-induced claustrophobia and isolation, the resulting collection bears the marks of a visionary designer looking forward.
True to form, on his cosmic forays Obana steered clear of literal interpretation of his chosen theme. Instead—with his trademark eye for formal innovation—the designer sought to allude to interplanetary travel more obliquely through highly considered use of new materials and space-inspired details. Lockdown also provided Obana with ample time to reflect on his past work, excavating from his archives the designs he deemed most fundamental for the world as it is today. In doing so, Obana puts the past in dialogue with the present while imagining future possibilities.
Originally conceived in response to the gradual casualization of business attire, N Hoolywood’s Compile line focuses on quality of design and manufacturing in blending the boundary between formal and casual attire; casual shapes are imbued with formal details and formal silhouettes brought into a more casual idiom. The result is collections of garments that translate across contexts.
True to the guiding philosophy of the Compile line, the N Hoolywood Ribbed Nylon Easy Pant reimagines the casual style with a stretchy, water-resistant nylon taffeta fabric, a fine fabric that lends the pant a more formal drape. Here in the black colourway, these four-fifths length easy pants feature a low taper; an elasticised waistband with adjustable drawstring on the inside of the band; side seam pockets; and a single back patch pocket with the N Hoolywood woven label attached to it.
Made in Japan from 85% nylon, 15% polyurethane.
Style Number: 2211-CP08-006.
Model is 179cm and wears size 36.
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