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July 14 2014

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Exclusive: Gryphon X Tomboy Style

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With a track record that coolly reflects her ongoing commitment to collaboration (past partners include Elettra Wiedemann and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine), Gryphon’s Aimee Cho set her sights on Lizzie Garrett Mettler of the blog Tomboy Style (and the recently Rizzoli-published Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion) for Spring ’13. The pair conceived a design that pays equal homage to the aesthetic of both parties in a fresh mash-up of unexpected indigo print set against an army jacket. “I just felt like there was a spirit to Lizzie’s interpretation and view on ‘tomboy’ that really resonated for me,” Cho said, reflecting on her own collection, much of which borrows from the boys. “I never want anything to feel too precious and I think that resonates with the underlying theme of tomboy style that Lizzie has created.”

Far from the traditional trench that’s become a Gryphon signature, the Tomboy jacket (available for preorder beginning Monday, September 24, at ShopLesNouvelles.com) is a riff on the hunting jacket and equestrian blazer. Designed of water-repellent cotton-metal twill (for shape and texture) and accented with printed-cotton patchwork resembling Japanese indigo dyes, the jacket takes inspiration from the original Barbour, Joanne Woodward, and even World War II correspondent Margaret Bourke-White, whom Garrett Mettler had in mind when envisioning the design. “The art of tomboy style is about mobility, and the idea of the jacket is that Aimee wanted someone to be able to wear it in elements in nature,” Garrett Mettler said, highlighting its functionality—and practicality, which Cho champions as a new mother. “Plus, I’ve noticed it goes with everything.”

Photo: Courtesy of Gryphon

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