Titled “Don’t Leave Me Behind”, Axel Arigato’s FW23 collection was a process of editing. Looking back at its history, the Swedish brand has opted to focus on the core pieces that have marked the brand’s history. From souvenirs to pieces that are essentials, the collection was refined and felt like Axel Arigato at its truest and most authentic.
IT WAS A RETROSPECTIVE PIECE
In anticipation of its 10 year anniversary, the brand has decided to look into its archives and reflect on the core look that make Axel Arigato what it is today. Minimalist designs in muted tones were pushed forward this season, whilst also adding a fair share of graphic elements, two core pillars of the brand. It felt simple, yet youthful and extremely refined. Speaking on the collection, co-founder and creative director Max Svard stated “This collection was an opportunity for us to reflect on the Axel Arigato brand DNA – championing silhouettes our customers continually desire, and forecasting what the future of the brand should embody”.
DESTINATION: EAST COAST
The Swedish brand has always had an affinity for the American aesthetic – whether it be the natural elements of Woodstock or the heavy-duty workwear look which flooded the streets all over the country. This season, Axel Arigato has honed in on one specific place: New York. Turning to the city buzzing with culture, the FW23 collection offers pieces inspired by sports, such as the branded grey sweater with an embroidered basketball or the several varsity jackets. The collection also offers more relaxed, streetwear-inspired looks such as a classic green hoodie paired with baggy denim trousers.
AXEL ARIGATO HAS US COVERED FOR WINTER
This collection doubled down on warm outerwear as Axel Arigato ‘winterised’ some of its classic Varsity and Billie jackets. The focus was on surviving the harsh winter months, whether in NYC or Stockholm. A cinched-waist mid-length black puffer coat was found among zip-up and button-up fleece jackets. In the womenswear department, we saw a cropped high-neck white puffer as well as a faux-fur beige long coat which was tied at the waist with its belt. While keeping in touch with its aesthetic, Axel Arigato did not leave behind the warmth and comfort of winter wear.
SNEAKERS FOR DAYS
The Scandinavian brand has always been one to look out for in terms of footwear, and this season was no exception. We saw old models getting revamped, such as the Area sneaker introduced last winter season which got a new Italian leather upper and a ‘Chub Fit’ remodel to fit into the 90s basketball sneaker trends. The Marathon Runner also went a size up, with a chunkier sole and updated heel design. As a runner-up to this sneaker, Axel Arigato also introduced a new sneaker, the Marathon Ghost. Similar to its forefather, the Ghost sneaker has embroidered details on its asymmetrical tongue, the first time this design element was used by the brand. Always one to create sustainably, all of the leather used by Axel Arigato is Leather Working Group certified.
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