J Smith esquire, “Three”
A/W 2009 Installation Show
21st February 2009, 9pm-10.30pm
On|Off, Science Museum, South Entrance, Level 2
Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Click here to preview Justin's A/W09 “Three” collection in full.
The “Three” lookbook can be downloaded as a .pdf by clicking here.
“Sometimes I wear strawberry tarts or birds on my head, you should see my apartment” Elke Koska.
Justin Smith’s new collection for A/W 2009 premiers as an installation at On|Off, The Royal Academy Of Arts on February 21st, 2009, 9pm-10.30pm.
Three is a safari through a strange new country. Journey through a menagerie of eccentric human characters and exotic animals, all wild and free in their natural habitat. A new collection made from unwashed denim with leather and sherpa trimmings, all designed to age and fade beautifully. Sculptural, un-washed luxuries from the wilderness.
A showroom for the collection begins the following day at On|Off and Felicities Showroom. For an appointment to see the collection please ring 020 7377 6030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Justin Smith has been designing and making hats to great acclaim since 2000. He won the i-D Styling Award and the Maria Louisa Award at ITS6, and New Generation sponsorship from the British Fashion Council with which he presented his first independent collection during London Fashion Week at OnOff in 2008.
In great demand, Justin recently contributed a specially commissioned tattoo top hat to Stephen Jones' Exhibition at the V&A. Four of Justin's hats are featured in Jaiden rVa James' A/W09 London Fashion Week collection. He will be working with Reem on headwear for Tokyo Fashion Week, Aganovitch and Justin are collaborating on headwear for their March presentation in London and he is in the process of creating a ready-to-wear hat in an edition of 50-100, and a handmade-to-order hat for Hobbs. Justin recently completed a teaching assignment at Madrid's IED Moda Lab. Winner of the outstanding achievement award, Neil Tennant, wore Justin Smith for the Pet Shop Boys' Brit Awards performance.
This new collection has been selected as an entrant in the forthcoming 080 Barcelona Fashion competition.
Knitwear designer Julia Neil gained her experience designing for Matthew Williamson, John Rocha, Unconditional, Weardowney and Pyrus. Recently Julia has moved into menswear designing for James Long and knitted millinery for Justin Smith. She has been covered by a number of publications including Vogue, Elle, and Fashion 156, The Sunday Telegraph and Zoo (Germany). Julia continues to have a presence at London or New York Fashion Week since February 2003.
Anna Bruder has designed for the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall, the Young Vic Theatre Company, the Barbican Theatre, Wormwood Scrubs Prison, Only Connect Theatre Company, The House of Saint Barnabas, Soho and Shunt Theatre Company. She has worked as Assistant Designer to Ian MacNeil at the Young Vic and to Zaha Hadid for the Pet Shop Boys World Tour. She is much in demand within theatre, installation art, music, fashion, and community projects and within education development. She frequently works for the Young Vic, Almeida Theatre, Globe Theatre, Barbican Theatre and The BBC Scenic art Department making props, scenic painting and leading workshops.
Chris Watson was a founding member of the experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. As a freelance recordist for film, TV & radio, Chris Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in post production. He is published by Touch Music.
The mysterious Zerocrop is an independent recording artist based in London and has been releasing albums through his own website zerocrop.com since 2000. He regularly composes or designs sound for Justin Smith.
Thanks, in no special order, to all the people who have helped make this collection and installation happen: Sue Hodges, John Hodges, Meryl Fourmon, Celine Parot, Gemma Williams, Oliver Garcia, Chris Watson, Kamal Ackarie, Tom Palliser, Cosmo @ Premier, Gareth Edwards, Doll, Parker, Philip Marshall, Jane Plüer, Sinden, Michaela Mezza, Lisa K Samoto, Mark Ellis, Richard Aukland, Lizzie Mcquade, Ash Dando, Cathal, & anyone I forgot! Special thanks to Hannu Viitala and Simon Ward.