Engineered Garments designer Daiki Suzuki masterfully blends classic Americana with a certain Japanese aesthetic. Founded in 1999, Engineered Garments takes its name from a pattern maker hired to draft the first round of patterns; who claimed that the clothes were not designed but “engineered”, due to the vast amount of detailing involved in each garment. While American sportswear, outdoor clothing and military uniforms are all major influences on the collection, a playfulness and eye for prints, fabrics and form are also paramount to the Engineered Garments aesthetic. The Class Room is very excited to be carrying the Engineered Garments. Check out this Hooded Long Bush Shirt and the rest of the collection in store and now online at:
Last Friday we hosted the Pre-Party for MFAH Mixed Media. After the success of the last Mixed Media Pre-Party with Lunice we were really excited for this one, and it did not disappoint. We had another great turnout, and a good time was had by all (including Quantic who stopped by to hang before his set at the Museum).
The drinks provided by The Flat were delicious with just the right amount of kick, so it only took a couple to have you feeling some type of way. After our pre-party we headed to the museum, and upon entering the MFAH Sculpture Garden and hearing the Latin vibes supplied by Quantic, it wasn’t long before I found myself in the middle of a dance circle. This isn’t anything out of the norm though…just another Mixed Media party.
All in all Friday was a blast. A very special thanks to The Flat and our girl Abby for keeping everyone happy at the shop with the flowing libations, Dayta for rocking the chunes as only he knows how, and to everyone that came out to have a good time with us. Looking forward to the next one! #aintnopartylikeaTCRparty.
Words by Cabby
Photos by Alan
ENGINEERED GARMENTS AW14 || We are very excited to add EG to our brand list. EG designer Daiki Suzuki masterfully blends classic Americana with Japanese aesthetic. Named for a pattern maker’s observation that the clothes carry so much detail, the garments are “engineered” rather than designed. Utilizing an industrious process of sourcing and deconstructing vintage pieces, Daiki meticulously alters a design by taking away unwanted clutter while adding new components to build a completely unique and original garment. See the first drop of the collection in store and online soon. || #LifeStyleClass (at The Class Room)
Happy Birthday Aly.
#MFAHMixedMedia is THIS Friday, and the official Pre-Party for ticket holders is at @_theclassroom from 5-8pm. Complimentary cocktails will be served by @theflathtx while @Dayta provides the vibes. Special guest @quanticmusic will be making an appearance as well. You don’t want to miss it!
To purchase Mixed Media tickets go to mfah.org/mixedmedia || #LifeStyleClass #Houston (at The Class Room)
ART || While you’re at the shop take some time to enjoy the artwork on the wall by our friend @mattmanalo featuring a few of our brands. || #LifeStyleClass (at The Class Room)
Our Ebbets Field Flannels “Houston” strapback hats our back in stock and now online in white, red, black and this navy cotton twill. Seattle-based @ebbetsvintage is a world renowned manufacturer of vintage historically-inspired athletic clothing. Since 1988 they have been creating fine handcrafted clothing and caps, based on extensive historical research, passion for authenticity, and the belief that athletic clothing of the early to mid 20th century makes great timeless clothing today. Try one of our “Houston” caps in store or order one online today. || #LifeStyleClass #newarrivals (at www.theclassroomshop.com)
Our Style Director Alan armed, but NOT very dangerous, took to the streets of NYC and snapped a couple of photos from Market Week. This is what he saw. You think you know but you…probably have a good idea since you have the internet at the palm of your hands and just have to check Instagram #marketweek to see the latest happenings. Anyhow, on with the show.
Oh, but before I began, this is what missing your flight and having to wait an extra three hours to board the next flight looks like…but I’m not going to get into that.
What should I do till then? Hmmm how about take an “artistic” pic of my phone. There’s an idea.
We finally make it to DUMBO, where we were staying for the next couple of days, but by now we had already missed all our Monday appointments at Liberty Fairs and since we were on a tight schedule and were only here for three full days (we left Thursday afternoon) it’s safe to say are Monday was shot.
When you’ve got a bad case of the Mondays and your day is completely shot you head on over to the rooftop and..
Enjoy a cold one. We weren’t going to let a mishap dampen our day so since we had never really had the opportunity to explore Brooklyn, we decided to make a night out of it.
First stop, Brooklyn Bowl. Deemed as “One of the Most Incredible Places on Earth” according to Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Bowl integrates a premier performance venue, food by Blue Ribbon, bars which feature local craft brewed beers, and 16 bowling lanes which give guests a unique place to relax, eat, drink and watch a performance. (Cut and pasted from their website because their description of the venue was far better than anything I could have come up with).
We got there pretty early to get a bite to eat before the live bands came on. Rather than take a crappy dark pic of my food I’ll just tell you that I had the fried chicken and collared greens and it was delicious.
The Class Room…School Night (get it)
It was still a bit early so we decided to hit up Wythe Hotel before the live bands came on at the Brooklyn Bowl. Another attempt at an artsy pic. #fail
We decided to head back to Brooklyn Bowl. This is Samsaya, SHE “KILT” it IMHO. I’m not really sure how to describe her vibe, but it was like M.I.A. meets Gwen Stefani if that makes any sense. But in all honestly all the bands that performed that night were great. Best believe that SAMSAYA is on my SPOTIFY AS WE SPEAK…I may be even listening to her right now.
What are we to do after all those good vibes. Get some late night street pizza before a busy day ensues. You see I treat Market Week like a marathon, the night before I like to carb-load so I have enough energy to power through all the meetings…SIKE SIKE SIKE…I just LOVE PIZZA. (note to self: does anyone still say “sike”?).
Our day typically begins pretty early, but we finally get to CAPSULE which happens to be pretty close to where we are staying. New York is kind of foreign to us this time of year because we’ve never been to a Spring/Summer ‘15 Market, nor have I ever been to New York when it’s HOT.
Again let me reiterate that I’m not great with a camera but I figured I’d take a pic of what the front of CAPSULE looks like. Oh and if you’re wondering, the guy with the backwards KITH hat is none other than Ronnie Fieg. Side story, but the past two times I’ve gone to Capsule I’ve literally been standing shoulder to shoulder next to the guy and have never said a word to him. He seems like a normal, chill type dude, but I’d hate to come off like a fan boy so I just mine my business and head on into the show (But if Mr. Fieg happens to see this post…I’m a size 9 1/2, just throwin it out there).
First stop Norse Projects and let me just say that Norse SS15 is fire flamez…like 400 DEGREEZ FUEGO. I’d post a pic of what we pulled and plan to order but that would be no fun. Instead enjoy this pic of belts that we probably don’t plan on bringing in but are still pretty dope.
Norse Projects year over year continues to surprise us and this season is no different. It’s safe to say I’m already looking forward to Spring/Summer ‘15.
I realized it’s kind of hard to buy as well as take pics simultaneously so instead of taking nice pics of product and “creating content” for our social medias I concentrate on the rest of the buys. #sorrynotsorry
This about sums up how we feel after our first (realistically 2nd) day of appointments are over. We head back to the crib to cool off before we hit up 3Sixteen’s get together and 143 which is an R&B party that SOSUPERSAM is dj-ing. If you don’t know who she is, goolge her.
We met up with my friend John, who moved to Brooklyn a couple years back and he came out with us. Now that I have more time and am not focusing on pulling product, I take decide to take a pic of this mural by Shepherd Fairey which is real dope. Some dude is doing some sort of interview so instead of interrupting him to get a better shot, I just take a shot with him in it.
The party was in L.E.S. but before we headed on over to it, we stopped by 3Sixteen’s get together to catch up with friends. So many people were griping about the weather in New York and how hot it was. I mean at the time Houston was in TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPS with HUMIDITY my guy and this weather was completely bearable. The 143 party was pretty legit because I love me so old school R&B, but old-aged kicked in and we dipped at like midnight.
Designated for showroom appointments our first stop was A.P.C. On our way to the showroom we usually pass up the BAPE shop which to this day I still enjoy.
Showroom appointments are more my cup of tea because it’s less chaotic and you have the opportunity to really catch up with your vendors. We had already done our buy prior to stopping by the showroom so we just reviewed our buy and met with our new contact.
We had some time before our next appointment so we decided to drop by UNIS. On our way to UNIS, I saw THIS. Kind of spooked me, so I took a pic of it so hopefully it can haunt you in your dreams as well. Your welcome.
On our way to our next appointment, I walked passed who I first thought was Giselle…so I snapped a pic like a paparazzi. Let it be known that I’m not one to really take pics of ppl let alone celebrities because I always feel like a creeper, but right then and there something hit me. I realized that these people get photographed on the daily so I just brushed it off and took the pic…from across the street lol…to my dismay the lady who I had snapped a pic of was not Giselle, but Jenna Lyons. Man she is REAL TALL IRL.
We stopped by this place after our appointment and let me just say the food was real good. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of this spot.
Remember how I was like why are people complaining about this weather? Welp…I finally understood why. On our way to the Garment District, everything…I mean everything was concrete and there was nothing to shield us from the sun. At one point, I remember walking by a Macy’s and a person opening the door for a few seconds letting out some cool air…IT WAS GLORIOUS. Anyways, we tried to make sure we stayed hydrated throughout our trip.
I saved one of the best for last. This is my second time in the Engineered Garments Showroom and it may be one of my favorite places to visit. The EG Team (Daiki, Todd, Angelo, Brendan) are an amazing group of people who make you feel right at home and like family. It has to be one of the busier showrooms, but honestly one of my favorites. This shirt immediately caught my eye and I had to snap a pic of it.
We had one last appointment with 3Sixteen before meeting up with my family for dinner. By this time I had been all pictured out (is that even a word) and realized how much harder Paolo’s job was as Creative Director.
In conclusion, New York was great, but our time in NYC is always cut too short. Having the opportunity to catch up with our family and friends always makes the trip worthwhile. Till next time!
3Sixteen || We just received a restock of @3sixteen denim in the SL-100x (Straight Leg) and ST-100x (Slim Tapered). Both models feature their flagship selvedge denim which is custom woven EXCLUSIVELY for 3Sixteen by Kuroki Mills. Both pairs have an extremely soft hand on the inside that is uncharacteristic to raw denim, making them extremely easy to break in.Try them in store or pick up a pair from our online shop today. || #LifeStyleClass (at The Class Room)