Jace Lipstein, designer and founder of Grungy Gentleman is a master of collaboration and creating resonant collections that are energetic, expansive and current. The spring/summer 2018 Grungy Gentleman collection, which also included the Grungy Gentleman and Indiana University Collection, was recently presented at the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City. In this show, the designer’s seventh, cultural variety and high profile partnerships surprised guests and elevated the show beyond that of the traditional runway presentation. Notable collaborations include Grungy Gentleman and Timberland footwear, Grungy Gentleman and ISlide, and Grungy Gentleman and Mitchell & Ness hats. In addition Maui Jim provided sunglasses and ophthalmic glasses throughout the show.
Grungy Gentleman continually combines design with applied creativity. Beyond a fashion label, the company doubles as an agency equipped with the expertise to consult and converge sports, fashion, and entertainment into one innovative culture.
Each piece looks to suit and inspire the bold, intelligent, and passionate men whose prefers to express their individuality with a distinct personal style.
“Grungy Gentleman is all about expression — merging style with individuality to help men accentuate their boldness, athleticism, and masculinity. The Grungy Gentleman spring/summer collection, the designs, and namely, the pre-existing ideals of our collaborators continue this mission. It’s an exciting, fresh take on urban style, athletic tailoring, and menswear alike — and we are truly excited to show our new collection on the runway,” states Liptsein. In the collection each piece looks to suit and inspire the bold, intelligent and passion of men who find stylish self-expression a foundation of their identity. Designed with stylistic masculine simplicity, the brand has found shining praise and a renowned following from top names in the sports, music and entertainment industries.
The spring/summer 2018 collection features everything from blazers to crew necks, pants, outerwear, and leisurely sportswear. The collection experiments with garment structure and texture. Design is clean and non-traditional, yet made cohesive with a neutral palette and patterns that include the brand’s trademark six-stripe design. As Indiana University alumni Jace Lipstein, has designed a collection for his fellow Hoosiers. The Indiana University Collection is designed with the signature crimson and cream colors. The collection will include t-shirts with both long and short sleeves, sweatshirts, hoodie and sweatpants. Fifteen headwear styles from Grungy Gentleman’s collaboration with Mitchell & Ness were shown in with the collection. The headwear is comprised of wicking, cotton, suede, nylon, and embodies the brand’s emphasis on neutral simplicity while incorporating the brand’s recognizable six-stripe pattern. Like Lipstein, Mitchell & Ness encompasses a passion for ‘athleisure’ fashion and the show looks to seamlessly integrate their style into the collection.
NBA Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried opened and closed the runway show. Notable guests including NFL cornerback/Super bowl Champion Darelle Revis, NY Knicks forward Lance Thomas, NFL running back Rashad Jennings, Former NY Giant running back and Super bowl Champion Rodney Hampton. Actor James Martinez (House of Cards), actor Elijah Boothe (Netflix Luke Cage), singer/producer Bobby Brackins, and the cast of Bravo’s Summer House sat front row to experience the collection. Preshow DJ Juanyto of Hot 97 spun a playlist of mixed genres while guests sipped on Glenn Fiddich cocktails while artists from New York Institute of Beauty groomed the models. After the show, everyone headed downstairs of Dream to Electric Room nightclub for the after-party to celebrate Grungy Gentleman and the Spring/Summer 2018 collection.
by Joshua Katcher
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