September 2 2014

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On Our Radar: R13 Outerwear


Since launching in 2009, R13 has been dedicated to refining rock-star staples like the artfully distressed pair of jeans (cut from premium Japanese denim and treated with specialty Turkish washes) or ultrasoft, cashmere-blend T-shirts. In keeping with their elevated classics, the label recently introduced equally luxe outerwear ($895 to $3,650) for Fall, which just hit high-end stores like Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman this week. Covetable leather motorcycle jackets come in full-on pony hair or with shaggy shearling trim (pictured), and have authentic biker details like twin track zippers. R13′s designer, who prefers to remain anonymous and let the product speak for itself, told, “The language of ‘cool’ is a very narrow one and we challenge ourselves to be fresh and innovative and still maintain a consistent message. I think our customer is looking for things that are new and distinctive and that would get them excited.” Trust us, average leather jackets, these are not.

Photo: John Aquino

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