AKA SS16 Menswear Lookbook

AKA is one of Thomas Gun’s most popular urban streetwear brands, season after season they keep bringing more and more fashion-forward designs to the table.10 The brand was born in Manchester and is designed by Phil Pearce learnt everything he know about fashion from the streets of Manchester’s ‘artistic underbelly, where style was being dictated by the explosively creative fringe.’ Throughout Pearce’s life he’s had an obsession with music, therefore his main inspiration and drive in the fashion industry has come from the individual styling of these music moguls and icons. ‘He wanted to be a style started, not a follower. A creator of cool.’ The AKA designer defines his own personal style as ‘polished grit’ which can be seen seeping into his designs – quality and integrity of are of the upmost importance to him. Add this to tenacity, approachability, street sense and the strong desire to stand out in the crowd and you have AKA.07 The above is the ‘DNA of AKA’. AKA stands for ‘Also Known As’, which was chosen from the focus that ‘new names are often taken by big personas to fit their true identities and not their birthright.’ The concept behind the brands designs and stylings as a whole is to create easily interchangeable outfits using layered pieces – allowing people to fit the garments into their own personal style to convey their own identity. ‘AKA was created for people who reach beyond the easily attainable bounds.’ AKA produces and manufactures their clothing in factories in Portugal where much attention is paid to the quality of the products, detail and old world craftsmanship. The combination of expert tailoring with a twist of modern innovations in textiles, finishes and dying techniques creates a polished, textural and interesting garment.06 AKA will be showcasing their SS16 collection at three very special events in three separate cities: at Project in New York – an event which focuses on menswear and the best brands in the denim and contemporary market which a high editorial perspective. They will also be showcasing at Premium in Berlin which is an international fashion trade show for high-fashion brands from both fashion and lifestyle industries on a large scale with a high level of quality. The third event will be at Ciff in Copenhagen which defines itself as more than just a trade show but as a ‘community, a movement, a platform that strives to continuously innovate, elevate and redfine the perception of tradeshows.’05 These are three extremely prominent cities which are regarded extremely highly in the fashion industry which only adds to the evidence that AKA are making it big-time. View the full SS16 Lookbook here, and shop AKA at Thomas Gun here.