New York-based Engineered Garments, founded in 1999 by vintage-clothing-hoarder Daiki Suzuki, has reimagined American footwear brand G.H Bass & Co’s iconic loafer for AW18, creating a capsule collection that merges both company’s unique take on men’s style.
Daiki Suzuki enforces his “engineered not designed” approach and distinct Americana aesthetic throughout the collection, whilst also using a mixture of materials to create a collaboration that reimagines the form and texture of G.H Bass & Co’s 1936 Penny Weejuns. Interestingly, Engineered Garments takes its name from a pattern maker’s comment that their clothes were more engineered than designed.
“There is nothing more authentic then the Weejun, with its original last, its the classic penny loafer style, versatile, you can really wear with anything”
The slip-on loafer incorporates a black leather welt, which has been hand-stitched in a tonal thread. Ideal for the colder winter months, the sole unit encompasses a black polished heel with rubber top piece for both grip and durability.
Engineered Garments tell us that inspiration for the designs was taken from vintage workwear, using the Logan Penny Loafer as a base. The shoe comprises of an asymmetric embossed reptile leather, in both black and dark brown, combined with the signature G.H Bass & Co Weejuns penny loafer.
“For the EG collaborative effort it was all about subtle details, the classic way Engineered Garments combines mismatch styles has been created with texture, mixing stamped leathers to create something new in a way that is slightly left”
Since its inception in 1936, the G.H Bass & Co Weejuns loafer has provided a blank canvas for footwear design, becoming a firm favourite of followers of preppy style, and one Michael Jackson. This new collaboration promises to follow in those footsteps, and beyond.