W’menswear AW23, “Flying in Crosswinds” continues to explore the ways gender has intersected with political ideology and been used to legitimate, or resist, different regimes. We were inspired by the life story of Maggie Gee, a Chinese-American woman who was one of two to ever serve in the Women Airforce Service Pilots in WWII. Gee was a determined physicist and pilot who believed in success and social change every step along her path.
We have a deep love for indigo, and this tee is no exception. The shirt has been dyed by an independent, woman owned business called, 'Nangkhram', in Sakon Nakhon province, Thailand's indigo capital. Situated along the Songkhram river in the north east of the country, Nok the owner, grows her own indigo from seed. She then processes her indigo harvest in great clay fermentation vats, which become microcosms of bacteria that thrive on diets of local fruit, plants, and sugars that vary throughout the seasons. We work in partnership with Nok on her own terms, and in respect for the age old Thai craft that she strives to preserve.
This racing tee is a combination of knitted cotton over-dyed in indigo, with woven cotton batik indigo racing check, all done by hand. It is truly a work of art.