Tim Coppens

New York: Coppens, ever the intellectual designer, found inspiration for this collection in the optimistic techno-futurism embodied by post-World War II fighter pilots and early 90s Detroit Techno. For Coppens, these seemingly disparate influences act as bookends to a half-century of declining American optimism. Where post-war hegemony promised a prosperous future, post-industrial Detroit offered a cold, vacant present—albeit one that was reclaimed and reinvented by forward looking techno DJs. This cycle directly informed Coppens’ colorful flight gear, which included a stable of bomber jacket reinterpretations in novel materials like bonded leather or nylon-cotton blends and a bright palette of dust blue, rust, ivy, and midnight. Quilted shorts, parachute straps, and backpacks also echoed Cold War innovation and reappropriation, as color and material changes transformed these items from an array of air warrior necessities to a practical urban jungle survival kit. Ultimately, Coppens’ pieces told an inspiring tale that’s message was wearable innovation and joie de vivre—Andrew Luecke

Silhouette: Elegant bomber

Color: Dust blue / Rust / Ivy / Sepia / Sand / Midnight / Ivory

Key Items: Bonded bomber jacket / MA1 jacket / Quilted shorts / Blouson shirt / Contrast stripe dress pant / Varsity jacket / Leather pocket crewneck / Eisenhower flight jacket / Band collar shirt

Materials: Italian merino / Cotton-nylon blends / Wool-cotton blends / Cotton sateen twill / Bonded leather

Print + Pattern: Asymmetrical color blocking / Vintage Detroit techno record label logo graphics

Details + Trim: Gold tone zippers / Stripes / Leather patch pockets / Velcro straps

Accessories + Footwear: Military shower sandals / Leather backpack / Parachute harness


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