In a year marred by colossal uncertainty, we’ve never needed people to say it straight more than now. In 2020, facts are key. It is in no way controversial to say that Los Angeles-based label Pleasures have never been ones for subtlety. For this reason, the title of Alex James and Vlad Elkin’s label’s most recent collection, “metaphorically speaking,” is kind of confusing. With pieces featuring slogans that initially strike with the force of political declaration, we’re left looking for more. In short, Pleasures are fucking with us. Some things really are still business as usual.
Outerwear has always been where the Pleasures vision has come into full view, playing with textures, graphics, fit, and more to create designs that consistently unsettle preconceived notions of contemporary fashion. Given its importance in American music sub-cultures, from hip-hop to grunge, it’s unsurprising that the flannel has become an important reference for the LA-based label.
The Pleasures Widow Heavyweight Flannel is this season’s flannel piece, constructed from a heavy wool-poly blend fabric. This piece puts the label’s penchant for embroidery on prime display: on the back is a graphic of two birds, presumably representing good and evil, accompanied by a large Pleasures logo; on the front, an embroidered Pleasures logo sits above the left patch pocket. This shirt also features two patch pockets on the chest and front snap closure.
Made from 90% polyester, 10% wool.
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