18 East’s Debut Collection Highlights Indian Craftsmanship
Fans of Eidos were given somber news when the brand’s head designer, Antonio Ciongoli, left the helm for newer endeavors this past year. But the wait is over and it’s culminated in a new brand that’s taken a different direction than the Italian tailoring of many of his groupies gawked at, but still maintains the same soul and sharp design eye that Ciongoli displayed.
18 East debuts with heavy influence from Indian textiles giving equal attention to hand-blocked printing techniques as well as hand-embroidered details. Casualized military garments like field jackets get bedazzled (tastefully) with beads while corduroy pants (which are, like, already comfy) gets even more comfy with self-belted ties. And if you’re wondering about that sherpa vest, I’m gonna stop you right there—it’s already sold out. I know because I’ve tried. Aside from the handsome knit sweaters which are made in Italy, the entire collection is made in India with the same level of detail and attention that was always expected of Antonio’s previous project. But, sorry to the suits out there, there’s none of that to see here.
Available at Unionmade.