Soothing Grooviness. The Elder Statesman AW21

If The Elder Statesman was a music album, to me, it would be Lana Del Rey’s latest Chemtrails Over The Country Club. It’s laid-back, it’s care-free, it’s soothing. Greg Chait‘s California-based company makes the trippiest luxurious knitwear out there, and with every season, he manages to expand his world in a natural, considered way. The pre-fall 2021 collection was photographed on a troupe of homesteaders and pot farmers in Northern California, and the autumn-winter 2021 line-up at Biosphere 2 – an environmental simulation in Arizona. In both contexts, Chait’s sun-drenched, signature style is key: clothing engineered for durability, warmth, and optimum vibes. For the latter collection, Mordechai Rubinstein, the photographer and hippie dandy, offered his eye for a swirling tie-dye collaboration. There is a new crochet program in which studio scraps are knotted into trousers and hoodies, each one unique and groovy. The brand’s new fabric, a cotton-cashmere herringbone, was cut into button-downs and casual pants, which were hand-dyed in a lot behind the studio. The inside of the herringbone is electric with color and the exterior faded, a result of the fabric blend. Chait describes it as sort of a happy accident; cashmere takes dye well, cotton doesn’t. Going through the entire collection you get the sense that Chait and company are having a great time, trying to stay smart, small, and sustainable. And it pays off!

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Extreme Cashmere

Every so often a label appears out of nowhere that piques my interest. Well, in case of Extreme Cashmere, it made me completely, completely fall in love. This is what I want to have in my wardrobe, starting from September: a cashmere t-shirt (in all colours possible), a cashmere pullover in khaki, a pair of cashmere wide-legged trousers with elastic waistband in light grey. Shortly speaking, I want all my wardrobe classics in cashmere, and specifically in this over-sized, all-time friendly silhouettes Extreme Cashmere offers.

Since its founding in 2016, this Amsterdam-based brand has been dedicated to creating and producing the ultimate cashmere wardrobe for everybody and every body. The brand follows a clear aesthetic of reinvented classic styles in surprising colours and shapes, unisex and unisize, suited for all seasons and all occasions, austere yet playful, designed to be used and loved for a long time. Extreme Cashmere articulates one ever-evolving and seasonless collection that continuously gets refined, redefined and altered. Four times a year an ‘edition’ of fifteen styles that offer new knits, colours and designs are presented and added to the collection. The brand’s uncompromising focus on establishing styles with a long-lasting nature is also reflected in the sole use of cashmere stretch of the best quality available against a fair price (stop here: comparing to The Row’s cashmere goods, those prices are quite level-headed). Oh my, how can something look (and surely feel) so fleecy and fluffy, and simultaneously look aesthetically pleasing?

I know you will love this heaven. Discover the brand here.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki; all photos via the brand’s site and Instagram.

Cool As Usual. The Elder Statesman Resort 2020

Greg Chait‘s The Elder Statesman look is signature: a tie-dye top, a slip-dress, a knit (and not just any knit, but a cashmere, hand-woven sweater of the fleeciest texture). Sounds like today’s trendiest street style? Well, Chait was much, much ahead of the fashion crowd when he revived this Calfiornian, dreamy look. The Elder Statesman’s recent collections have touched on topics like self-realization and talismans, which got the designer thinking about life and the fine line between “darkness and light“. “I realized, it’s really like a game,” he said during the New York presentation of his resort 2020 collection. So he dove into how games simulate life, for better or for worse, from Saga and Nintendo circa the ’90s to ancient Indian board games like Snakes and Ladders and Pachisi. This resulted in the silk checkerboard prints, the crewnecks with jacquard stars and gaming symbols, and the very bold color palette. He didn’t go to literal for the theme, and in overall this is a laid-back, cool The Elder Statesman wardrobe we all need.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Journey Goes On. The Elder Statesman AW19

Greg Chait continues to evolve creatively with The Elder Statesman, expanding the brand with new additions. While the softest cashmere sweater is a forever signature of this L.A. brand, Chait lets in even more of eclectic, charming craftsmanship. Adam Shrewsbury’s talismanic doodles illustrate the jackets and knits, while North Carolinian denim is washed in tie-dye (just like all the robes that are made from, yes, silk and cashmere). The collection is distinctly laid-back: the styling feels intuitive , while the model’s ecstatically comforted look says it all. I’m always in awe of The Elder Statesman and it’s impressive attention to quality. And it’s even more exciting to see Chait taking his brand even further, for a journey that isn’t over any time soon.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Off-The-Radar Goodness. The Elder Statesman SS19

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The fashion month has just finished, and one can’t forget about the brands that usually stay off-the-radar during those four weeks of runway marathon. They need their spotlight, too! Re-seeing The Elder Statesman‘s look-book few days after all that Paris fashion week fuss is a true pleasure. The Los Angeles-based label, found and designed by Greg Chait, is known for its incredible cashmere goods and love for everything that’s artisanal. But lately, Chait seems to enjoy introducing new additions to his extremely luxurious, yet niche brand. While the Swiss silk, the designer’s discovery from the last season, appears in the form of a gorgeous tie-dye dress, it’s linen that’s lately on Chait’s mind. Sourced and produced in India, the pieces made out of that often underrated material stun with summer-ish colour gradiations. What else is new to The Elder Statesman? Corduroy pants. They look so, so good with a matching yellow sweater. Love.

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Collage by Edward Kanarecki.