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Simon Miller Offers Minimal Utilitarianism for Fall ’15

The lineup for Simon Miller’s forthcoming fall/winter collection includes its signature Japanese fabrication and quality craftsmanship.

Inspired by modern architecture, the collection offers up a minimal utilitarian approach using only indigo, olive and gray monochromatic colorways. “The colors are all so warm and beautiful and inspired from our love of the open southwest desert landscapes where we feel modern architecture flourishes,” said Co-Creative Director Daniel Corrigan.

Introducing patchwork and geometric shapes to menswear could be no easy feat—yet above all else, these clothes proved to be necessity in a man’s wardrobe.

Starting out producing jeans, the Simon Miller brand quickly expanded its collection, which included clothes and accessories that complement the label’s Japanese denim. The brand came under the creative direction of Jake Sargent and Daniel Corrigan in 2011.

“We met when Jake was working at Monocle magazine and I was doing the denim development at Simon Miller,” Corrigan recalled. “Jake loved the product and soon came on board as the managing partner. Together we launched the ready-to-wear and womenswear. It was a long journey to get where we are today but it all stared with lots of bunking up on couches and late night brainstorming.”

Simon Miller’s trademark is vintage washes and niche specialty fabrics from Japan. While textiles are also sourced in Italy, and then produced in Los Angeles, Simon Miller continues to modernize indigo and casualwear.

“It is important that we connect with the textures we are using and they all have a commonality—Japanese, Indigo (for the most part) and 100 percent natural,” said Jake Sargent. “We always ask ourselves how will this fabric wash back to a vintage fabric? Then we think about silhouettes that are wearable, represent the ease of Simon Miller, yet inspire us at the same time. We try to stay minimal in designs and focus on the quality of the fabric and craftsmanship behind the production.”

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The brand considers menswear as a simplicity for quality staples in update silhouettes that men will come back to season after season.

“We challenge ourselves to throw a few inspirational items in each collection, because it is fun and we love them, but we stick pretty true to what we want to wear every day,” Sargent added. “For menswear, we loved our Japanese indigo wool outerwear items, the wool is fantastic and the indigo will make the garment age with you for a timeless piece!”

For the first time the brand introduced suede in the collection as its favorite piece was a cognac suede trench coat and and a cognac suede wide leg pants. The brand was a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last year.

Keeping in tune with the brand’s admiration for modern architecture and vintage denim, Simon Miller recently collaborated with furniture designer Stephen Kenn.

“We went back to the roots of denim and applied that to Stephen’s couch–indigo cushions, copper frame (inspired from the rivets of denim). We have always loved Stephen’s furniture, this couch in particular, so it was really cool to work with him on it,” said Sargent.

The brand is expected to collaborate with an iconic eye-wear brand launching in September.

Come fall, the collection offers promising outerwear: olive parkas, wool looped terry collared jacket, wool indigo workwear jackets and denim washed shirts.

“We have always loved designing and developing denim—we naturally progressed from there into fashion, always complementing denim and it’s attributes—indigo, cotton, easy-cool attitude,” said Sargent.