You may think that the local menswear scene is not worthy of a blog post, but think again peeps! Rogue, a street wear label pushing boundaries every which way and the next, is retailing here at The Green Tailor and their Spring/Summer collection is fantastic!
As many of you may know Henni De Kock of Rogue is my absolute favorite South African menswear designer. We got to know each other back in 2015 when Henni won the Scouting Menswear prize at SA Fashion week. I gushed more than a little over his first collection here.
Fast forward to 2017 and Rogue is (please sit down people) retailing at The Green Tailor!! Come round every Thursday between 10am and 10pm to lay your hands on this mans absolute genius ;) For those of us unable to reach the east of Pretoria, Rogue’s Spring / Summer collection is also retailing through their online shop.
“Well get on with it then” I hear you scream, “show us what this local boy’s got on offer!”
The pleasure is all mine:
Lets start off with Rogue’s pants, which feature in all the images so may as well get a special introduction of their own. Coming in two styles (classic and twisted) and various colours, Henni’s pants have a great fit to them that is certainly an important reason for my love of his brand. Just read this rant on badly fitting pants and you’ll understand.
Henni is absolutely obsessed with good fit (using his tailoring skills to bring bespoke comfort to retail), and his trousers and underwear are certainly his best examples of this. They retail between R895 and R995, and you an grab them here.
If you’re looking for something comfortable in the heat, these 100% cotton vests are great! I’m usually not a fan of non-functional details, but the industrial clips used on the shoulder straps (and throughout Rogue’s s/s’16 collection) I absolutely adore!
Remaining true to one of Rogue’s staples, this season obviously has a Hooded Tee. Which could really just be referred to as a hood with some extra fabric.The drape of this hood, coupled with the industrial details of the clips, is so quintessentially Rogue you’re basically not a fan unless you own one in each colour. R895 here.
I’ll take this chance to throw some shade at Rogue’s collection which, I feel, misses an important concern for the vast majority of consumers; This is the ease with which the garment can be incorporated into our lives, and handled along with the rest of our wardrobe. Although I adore this hood (to take an example) for it’s soft flow, it’s a bleeding nightmare to keep on a hanger. It’s also a ball-ache to iron and folding is not a delight…
So there’s my two cents on the matter, not that any such trivial concerns of functionality ever stopped anyone from being fashionable!
Last my favorite piece…or have I just said that about everything in this collection…never mind! BUY THIS KIMONO TEE FOR R495 RIGHT NOW!!
The drape of the neckline in this piece is something Rogue does really well. I find it pushes the boundaries of rigidity that we’re accustomed to in menswear, without becoming too flowing and ephemeral.
And of course what would any fashion house be without an awesome graphic tee for a mere R495!!
I’ve limited this blog to just my favorite items, because its 2017 and tbh about 2% of people who clicked on this post are still reading this far down ;) You can see more and shop till you drop on Rogue’s website, or come and shop the collection at The Green Tailor every Thursday from 10am to 10pm.
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