Rag & Bone - 2006
When they founded their label in 2002, rag & bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville had one very clear vision in mind: create clothes they and their friends would love to wear every day. With no formal fashion training, Wainwright and Neville set about learning how to make jeans, believing denim represented the history and authenticity of the classic work wear aesthetic they aimed to achieve.
The rag & bone designers surrounded themselves with experts in pattern making, fabric cutting and sewing. Early on, the pair learned the importance of quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail. Influenced by British tailoring techniques, rag & bone produces classic, understated sportswear for men and women. Each piece, whether a tailored shirt or a pair of jeans, is framed by the constants of high quality fabric, classic construction and touches of handmade craftsmanship.
rag & bone launched its menswear line in Spring 2004, expanding the label to offer a womenswear collection in 2005 and an accessories collection in 2007. Following their Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation win, the design duo received a Council of Fashion Designers of America Swarovski Award for Menswear in 2007.
Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, February 2006
rag & bone made a clean break from being "just another jeans brand" with its full-fledged men's and women's collection at New York's Fall Fashion Week.
Mixing New England work wear with more formal attire, The New York-based designers paid homage to their English roots with perfectly tailored suits, slightly skinny ties and snug cotton dress shirts fit for a City banker. The casual pieces included waxed cotton coats and leather bomber jackets, hunting coats and chunky scarves.
rag & bone gave a nod to famed French designer André Courrèges with its women's collection, showcasing three quarter-length car and pea coats. Otherwise, the slim silhouette prevailed with cigarette pants, tucked in button-up shirts and cropped blazers.
Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, September 2006
rag & bone debuted an expertly tailored collection for men and women at New York's Spring Fashion Week, turning out an array of cool slim jeans and shorts in shades of grey, black and indigo. Paired with piped blazers, piqué cardigans or striped gauze and chambray shirts, each look exuded a contemporary, wearable aesthetic.
A black calfskin bomber jacket proved classic and clean, while skinny belts echoed a punk rock sensibility. Chic little dresses in linen and silk charmeuse were stylish forays into new territory for the fashion designers.
The star wattage in the front row further cemented rag & bone as one of fashion's hottest labels.