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Basic Rights Look To Bowie And Berlin
September 28, 2018
Basic Rights look to Bowie and Berlin for inspiration.
This season Basic Rights look to David Bowie and his Berlin trilogy for inspiration. The result is a collection of beautifully curated, clean cut wardrobe staples that are made from carefully selected fabrics.
Our Fashion Editor, Thomas Falkenstedt, checks out the Basic Rights AW18 campaign shot in Berlin.
Sticking to their musical roots, the star of the story is a limited edition leather ‘Heroes Jacket’, a direct nod to David Bowie’s 1977 ‘Heroes’ album cover. For the collaborative piece, Basic Rights knew there was only one team to work with on such an item, Aero Leather.
Now run by son Denny Calder, Aero Leathers has been specialising in jackets since the 1970s when the original 1977 jacket was handmade by father Ken. Together Basic Rights and Aero have created a jacket which borrows the design details while updating it for the time. Each piece is individually crafted at their workshop one hour outside of Edinburgh from specially sourced excess cowhide and features a 100% wool waist from American mills in business since the 1940s.
Creative Director, Freddie Cowan, said of the collection; ‘For me, Bowie is a constant inspiration and the ‘Heroes’ album was an iconic piece of musical history. It was important that we incorporated a stand out jacket this season that resonated with both our design ethos and my fondness for this period in Bowie’s career. This jacket does just that and it is a privilege to bring something so special back to life with the help of Aero Leathers’.
Serendipity took Freddie to the door of Savile Row veteran David Chambers, who has a pedigree in dressing music icons. With over fifty years spent honing his craft, his apprenticeship on the Row involved two and a half years dedicated to perfecting trousers under the tutelage of Fred Astaire’s tailor.
Chambers was able to translate Freddie’s vision for essentials tailored to the highest standard, ensuring Basic Rights is anything but basic.