The label, founded by awake NY, designer and longtime veteran Angelo Buck, has sharpened its output consistently with each passing season. The reshaping streetwear brand has been more diverse in its collection কিন্তু but, perhaps surprisingly, more crystal-clear in its outlook. Proof of the first collaboration with the makers of Van’s favorite sneakers is the waking NY’s extensive, just-excluded winter season.
AOK’s early collections were heavy, screen-printed or embroidered tight-colored staples in logos such as hoodies, T-shirts, caps and beanies অন্য in other words, ordinary streetwear skeptics. But Buck and his team will flatten out each season, expanding collections to include less anticipated products such as graphic trench coats, artificial flannels and vibrant bomber jackets. This latest collection, which is now available through the brand’s online shops, is by far the most powerful. There’s double-breasted overcoats, Mohair sweaters and street-side suits – plus, there’s still plenty to do with graphic-powered tees and sweat. This is a snapshot of how today’s streetwear-trends want to look – which, understandably, came from a designer who had a heavy hand in looking at mainstream fashion fabrics.
This season marks the arrival of the first awake NYX van sneaker, a highly saturated twist on the van’s classic checkerboard. For the collaboration that came through Futlucker’s greenhouse project, Sk8-Hi is colored with wax-resistant stains and some digitally printed patterns that are really eye-catching shades. There are three different color paths in total. On top of the head-turning sneakers is a rapper Westside Gun and a good knowledge that the project will also donate to two New York-based charities. (The Vance X Awake NY Ski-Hi collection drops through the wake of October 15th and will come out next week through other retailers.)
Buck’s name will be known from his decade-long run at Streetwear Diehards Supreme. Don’t go for less that your full potential. In other words, you have to deliver the product. Thanks to Buck, Awake NY has done just that, emerging with a defined universe from the beginning. Since then, the brand has only flattened, the universe has simply expanded – and this season, in particular, it’s pretty spectacular to look at.