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Tom Wood’s New Collaboration with Archivist Kelly Harrington Is a Homage to Japan

Blue, the high-end denim capsule by Scandinavian brand Tom Wood, launched its third collection Thursday at Paris-based concept store, Nous.

For the collection, the jewelry turned apparel brand collaborated with denim influencer and archivist Kelly Harrington.

The Fall ’18 line includes 16 items—many unisex—made with denim from Italy’s Candiani Denim. Highlights include a zipper chore jacket, a winterized kimono jacket, a deconstructed jean dress and patchwork jeans.

“With Tom Wood denim we obviously need to experiment and innovate. Kelly was the perfect partner for our AW18 project, due to her skills, passion and personal style,” Morten Isachsen, Tom Wood managing director and Levi’s alumni, said.

For Blue, Harrington imagined a “fantasy wardrobe” that she wished hung in her own closet. The collection blends inspiration from her own vintage denim archive and her travels, particularly to Japan.

“Many of the pieces are inspired from my love of Japan as I collect Hanten jackets, kimonos and old boro jackets. I’ve reinterpreted these items in a modern way with button details and zippers,” she said.

And for a personal touch, each item in the collection is named after Harrington’s friends or family members.

“The whole experience for me has been a dream come true. This collection really reflects me and my personality,” Harrington said.

Tom Wood debuted the collaboration in January at Oslo Fashion Week, mixing the voluminous denim garments with mohair sweaters in deep greens and purple, large corduroy and camouflage and leopard prints. That wintery, bundled-up look was carried into the special photoshoot for Blue starring street style photographers at New York Fashion Week.

In an interview with Vogue, Harrington said, “I personally think street style has kept the fashion industry alive, and I wanted to celebrate [the photographers’] contribution to the industry. Without these talented photographers, many of the influencers, creators, and new brands (including myself) would not be where they are today.”

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