XB OFCL IS A DESIGNER COLLECTIVE INTENDED TO DISRUPT PRE-CONCEIVED OPINIONS OF MENSWEAR WITH AN EVOLUTIONARY AND SOCIO-POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE. XB OFCL IS FOR OUTLIERS WHO SEEK INIMITABLE GARMENTS THAT FORTIFY REBELLIOUS AND PROGRESSIVE IDEOLOGIES.XB OFCL CONTEXTUALIZES THE ANGST IN MODERN NARRATIVES VIA RIGOROUS PROCESSING OF EACH INDIVIDUAL GARMENT. THERE ARENOBASICS. AGARMENTBEGINSWITHHUMBLEFABRICATIONS SUCH AS INDUSTRIAL NYLON AND HEAVY CANVAS BUT THEN EXPERIENCE MULTIPLE STAGES OF WASHING, DYEING, DISTRESSING, ASSEMBLING, DECONSTRUCTING, RECONSTRUCTING AND ARE ALWAYS FINISHED OFF WITH SIGNATURE BRUTALIST HARDWARE DETAILS.
THE EFFECT IS A MEN’S WARDROBE THAT UNIFIES ROUGH MASCULINITY WITH EFFORTLESS INSOUCIANCE. AS A COLLECTIVE, XB OFCL DEFIES BANALITY THROUGH COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS AND PUSHING BOUNDARIES WITH FASHION-OUTSIDERS. WHILE THE CONCEPT IS SIMULTANEOUSLY CEREBRAL, NON-CONFORMING AND SUBVERSIVE, THE GARMENTS ARE VIABLE FOR EVERYDAY USE.
This second collection from New York City transplant Brandon Sun entitled “Intentions Shatter”, reflects the concept of narrative contradiction prompted by his abrupt, unexpected move to Los Angeles early last year.
Within a time of global discord and sudden change one finds new opportunities to rethink their ideas and evaluate who they want to be when intentions shatter and things fall apart. Sometimes the outcome to our actions is uncontrollable – despite our purest intentions.
In a raw reconstruction of active men’s wear, Brandon draws continuity and clarity amongst the chaos by using the simple Japanese knot which bind panels of light weight nylon in his military inspired trench coats, track pants and quilted bombers. The bold and simple knots symbolize a connection that in essence ties people together. The same knots appear on stripped poplin, French terry casual hoodies, pullovers and the denim 5 pocket jeans which speak to the underlying need for comfort during extreme times of change.
Throughout the collection military colors and symbols are contrasted with staunch Punk anthems set against poetic flower pins symbolizing such classic anti-establishment ideas of resistance and love. The pins are a collaboration with photographer Aldo Carrera and can be seen strategically adorned on lapels, collars, pocket flats and denim waist bands.
In moments of unexpected change, chaos and desperation, new ideas will always arise. Reflection along with intelligent reaction will lead us to find peace and beauty in a life that at first just seems as if it’s only falling apart – “we knew from the start that shit falls apart”.