Monday, 23 December 2013

Art Comes First @ Liberty Fairs, New York & Las Vegas

NY // JANUARY 21-23 2014
 545 & 548 W. 22ND STREET

LV // FEBRUARY 17-19 2014 

Sunday, 22 December 2013

ACF Presents Avec Ces Freres @ Pitti

Men’s fashions projected into the future in a new, special project at the Fortezza da Basso, produced with L’Uomo Vogue and GQ Italia 

Il progetto
Back to top At the forthcoming edition of Pitti Uomo (Florence, 7-10 January 2014), in cooperation with Fondazione Pitti Discovery, L’Uomo Vogue and GQ Italia will present THE LATEST FASHION BUZZ, a new project featuring some of the most talented and promising international designers of men’s fashion.

“THE LATEST FASHION BUZZ”, says Agostino Poletto, deputy general manager of Pitti Immagine, “aims at offering support and visibility to prêt-à-porter and accessory designers who work on a new concept of modern in both the formal and sophisticated informal keys. Together with GQ Italia and L’Uomo Vogue we have done intensive scouting and made very careful selections. The designers invited to accept this challenge are not only new names, but also already established designers with a very personal approach to experimentation. It is to them that we want to offer the ideal platform for presenting their unique looks to the top buyers, the press and the international fashion system which, season after season, gather in Florence for the Pitti Uomo fair. One of our several missions has long been that of promoting young talents on the international stage through special projects and events. And this new program fits perfectly into this context, flanking projects such as the Who is On Next? Uomo competition that we produce with AltaRoma and L’Uomo Vogue, or the special area Super Talents, in Milan, curated by Vogue Talents during our Super showcase”.

The collections – carefully selected key items – will be presented in the Sala Ottagonale, a strategic location at the Fortezza da Basso, with an innovative and striking layout that will reflect the project’s dual spirit: new formal and edgy informal.


Friday, 6 December 2013


Fusing satorialism with street influences

PONY - Product Of New York and Art Comes First come together under their passion for infusing potent vintage cues with the freshest contemporary street styles.

Their debut collection revolves around two footwear choices, one of which shouldn’t come as a surprise when thinking of Sam & Shaka’s (the creative duo behind A.C.F.) home turf.
The Linebacker is anything but forgotten among brits, who’ve risen this model to a legendary status back in the 80’s when the American football frenzy was at an all-time high. The classic model was reinvented by ACF for a new generation by employing a deconstructed silhouette, crafted using a breathable summer-fitting mesh that collides with genuine tonal leather. Staple design cues, like the knobbly sole and the lace flap, are attentively preserved yet beautifully re-tailored.

The whole capsule collection, which also boosts two Vintage Slamdunks, two basketball inspired jerseys, two tees and two bandanas, maintains a potent Ying Yang theme all throughout by constantly bringing forward contrasting yet complementary pieces. 
Clean executions in the two fundamental colors - black & white - are decked up with the famous Art comes first artwork, embodied by the two most used tools of the collective: the hand with a scissors tattoo. One of the new entries at Pitti, just in time for their introduction on the Italian retail scene, PONY will unveil the collection alongside a unique project: an ACF workshop installation which will occupy their booth at the winter edition of the tradeshow. 

“Craft & style are our main focus of inspiration when we create. We respect traditions but we move forward, be it on the streets or anywhere else” – Sam & Shaka