NYC-based brand Stoffa has teamed up with India's 11.11 to create some truly exceptional indigo clothing.
Indigo, man. If there's any one gateway drug into the weird and wild world of menswear more effective than indigo, I want to know about it. (I know there are others. I don't actually want to know about them. Just go with the flow here, please.)
See, indigo evolves. It bleeds. It fades. Eventually, what you're left with is something entirely different—and exponentially more interesting—than what you started with. It's fitting, then, that the Indian label 11.11 and NYC-based Stoffa use a whole lot of indigo in their recent collaboration, which features fabrics that take the idea of evolution even further by repurposing scraps and remnants into textiles that can only be described as wearable works of art.
The first, chindi, translates to "torn cloth." It's made by embroidering together tiny bits of fabric together onto a base cloth, creating a kind of impressionistic camouflage pattern that's both incredibly complex and arrestingly beautiful. Think boucle, but with a painterly vibe. It's the kind of thing that can only be done by a skilled hand, and in the case of the the fabrics in the collection Stoffa is calling Edition 002, that hand belongs to a man named Azad, who blends expertise and on-the-fly improvisation to craft the final product.
The second cloth, kantha, is a traditional patchwork created by quilting together larger scraps. It's not dissimilar from Japanese boro cloth, another ages-old textile that takes fabric that might otherwise be discarded and puts it all together into something greater than the sum of its parts. In the case of 11.11 and Stoffa, this fabric features large, curved portions that come from, say, the remnants left behind after cutting the shoulder and sleeve of a lighter-than-air, hand-loomed cotton shirt with sweeping, kimono-inspired sleeves.
Taken together, these fabrics represent both a slice of Indian textile tradition and a means of making reuse and sustainability look downright covetable. And rendered in Stoffa's precisely cut styles—a raglan sleeve overcoat, a chore coat, overshirts, and trousers of the pleated or drawstring variety—they're the sorts of things that'll look not just good but even better the more you wear them. The only catch? This stuff is all on preorder (Stoffa only makes what's ordered), and available until October 3. So if you're in the market for a statement piece that'll stand the test of time, you might want to get moving.