Brandblack’s Santa Ana SS18 Collection honors the brand’s California roots with a palette of colors drawn from the Golden State’s deserts and sunsets.
According to Brandblack, this latest collection is inspired by the effortless spirit and the unexpected danger of the Santa Ana winds. With tons of new footwear and fifteen new apparel styles ranging from pants and shorts to kimonos and shells, the garments flaunt bold hues like Nutmeg, Salmon, Rose, Tradewinds, Total Eclipse, and Moonbeam.
The collection comes from the minds of industry veterans Billy Dill and Scott Nelson. The pair grew up in Orlando and have worked together before teaming up at Brandblack.
“I think we wanted to experiment some and try new things,” Nelson told WearTesters. “You have a process of elimination that you learn to work with to make the collection,” he continued. “It’s add, subtract, add, subtract…put up, look at it for a day or so then revisit again. When it’s right you will know because it’s a no brainer.”
Pieces like the Cooper ($145), a premium brushed nylon combination blazer with a chore coat design, and the Standard ($145), a premium French Terry kimono, are timeless garments in contemporary hues.
Brandblack’s basketball roots have not been forgotten with pieces like the Packard ($110), a tech tapered performance pant, and shorts like the Billy ($110) and Franklin ($110).
However, the standouts of this latest collection may be all of the new footwear models. Styles like the Kaze Shibori ($110), Delta Shibori ($140), Delta Low ($130), and Myuru ($80) offer fresh and artistic takes on the brand’s tech-driven out-of-the-box sneakers, while updates like the Viento II and Gama II provide more conventional approaches. Shibori, a Japanese manual dyeing technique, has been used on several of the new sneakers to achieve truly unique looks.
The Brandblack Santa Ana SS18 Collection is available now at Brandblack.com. Sizes for the sneakers and apparel are already disappearing.
Share your thoughts on the brand’s latest collection in the comments below.
Images via Brandblack