Nov 15, 2016 | By WGSN Insider
When you think of Carhartt, high fashion and Barneys New York aren’t necessarily the first two things that come to mind. Last week, the retailer hosted a select group of editors and social butterflies at its merchandising studio in Chelsea for a party celebrating the new Adam Kimmel x Carhartt for Barneys collection. Known for designing some of the most rugged menswear on the runways, Kimmel teamed up with the workwear brand for traditionally masculine designs with a subtle, urbane refinement to them.
In order to truly amp up the testosterone, artist George Herms created site specific installations for the event using such manly tools as chainsaws and chisels. Herms was repurposing burned and crinkled copies of Sarah McLachlan’s (who was in attendance as well) Surfacing CDs for a window display that will be shown alongside an installation by the artists’ collective Paintallica, which is now in place at the Barneys flagship on Madison Avenue. Other guests joined in on the fun, decorating wooden tree trunks with paint. “This is such a fun way of getting in on the art and a great way to show off the collaboration,” said Kimmel’s wife, Leelee Sobieski, after adding her own touches to the Pacific Northwest-inspired display. Kimmel himself told Style.com, “I hope people can see how you can create something out of nothing. That’s what this is all about.”
The Carhartt collection is now available in-store and online at Barneys New York.
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