Ask a designer what constitutes success and they’ll likely tell you that it lies in solving for balance, proportion, and the tension of extremes—rugged/refined, structured/unstructured, heritage/contemporary, etc.  As an observer, how a designer resolves these extremes is often what makes a season’s collection unique or at the very least, interesting. At NYC based women’s label, Harvey Faircloth, this balance, what they call “the duality of personal style”, lies at the heart of the brand.  On one side, the brand is proud of its American roots (“Made In The USA” reads prominently on their site), on the other, it is inspired by the elevated heritage of European couture. As they put it,  “Harvey Faircloth suggests opposites attract.” 

In the past five years, the brand has continued to define this vision, which has been most successfully articulated in its Fall/Winter ’14 look book wherein iconic American elements (stripes, camo, plaid and oxford cloth), play nicely against the grittier themes of the collection, inspired by  late night New York City during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The look book itself was shot on Impossible Project Polaroid film by Harvey brand manager Mariah Kunkel (a dear friend of mine), in iconic NYC locales of that era: The Odeon, Indochine, Blue Ribbon, Meat Packing and the West Village.  Mariah aptly describes the result: “intimate and ephemeral, it has a undeniably voyeuristic quality”.  Below is a selection of moments from the shoot; I encourage you to see the full look book and learn more about the brand at harveyfaircloth.com.

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