Joshua Cooper and Laurence Chandler–the duo behind the cult label Rochambeau–have been crafting their unique take on menswear’s counter-culture since 2007, and the industry has consistantly taken note; they remain mainstays at international, cooler-than-thou online boutiques like OAK and OKII-NI, as well as ages-old retail institutions like Harvey Nichols.
For fall 2013 Cooper and Chandler put together an edged-out assortment that seamlessly blended urban sensibilities with “Paleo”-imagery. No it wasn’t a salute to the no-grain/high protein diet that’s been so buzzed about lately (though, we can’t help but wonder what on earth male mannequins working this season’s shows are eating in order to stay so “cut-up”!); The Rochambeau boys offered that they embarked upon exploration of the paleolithic era’s raw artistry, as unearthed in 1994 within France’s 40,000-year-old Chauvet Cave. This was most evident in the manner that generous anoraks, boiler-suits, and drop-crotch trouser were styled with a spelunker’s penchant for stacked layering. The Paleo-chic was also pushed home via an intentionally crude, feline embroidery motif that Rochambeau used to move the this season’s ubiquitous sweatshirt forward. It was cut–as was most of the collection–in stark black, but played well with russet-tone hues used to bring a vintage Carhartt sensibility to the collection’s refined-rugged macs and ponchos.