"The Entwined jacket has subtle influences of a standard issue 1988 military jacket; the design concept was to have an outerwear jacket that is lightweight and practical."
Article by Johnny Ridley
Being | Equal
I was introduced to Rory and Josh Kilbride's Being | Equal earlier this week, a small label recently launched in London. I was pleased to find two young brothers at the helm, taking tandem strides to help establish their name amongst a crowded but sprightly scene in the capital. One of their standout pieces from a delightfully eclectic first season has to be the Entwined jacket, a military inspired piece that is sure indication of their potential, fusing style and functionality in light of the warmer seasons ahead. Josh, the collection's designer, was kind enough to share some of his thoughts on the piece below.
"The Entwined jacket has subtle influences of a standard issue 1988 military jacket; the design concept was to have an outerwear jacket that is lightweight and practical. Our desire to make the jacket adjustable in form is created with the placement of drawstrings along the bottom half of the garment, the user to make the jacket more personal and better suited to the environment they may be in at any time.
The zip vents below the armhole on the side seam, allow for ventilation and also add to the user-friendly aspect on the warmer days, along with the adjustable cuffs to give it a more of a utilitarian feel overall. The placement of concealed buttonholes on the lower half of the jacket opening, add to a more contemporary experience, with the oversized shoulders giving a relaxed, casual feel.
The base fabric for the jacket is a lightweight brushed cotton twill, this ensures that the strength is there, yet is more favourable option for the summer months. The buttons are a moss green acrylic marle, a subtle choice that is exceptionally strong. In addition to that, the unlined interior features binding and pocketing in a lightweight black cotton canvas which we feel contributes to the durability of the whole piece.
Overall the garment is technically sound yet withholds the subtle values of an understated overcoat; the drawstrings can be used to manipulate the jacket and create a form that is personal, comfortable and desirable for the user which is ultimately what we want to accomplish."