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Performance fabrics steal the show in Berlin

16 : 01 : 2013 Performance Fabrics : Bread & Butter : Berlin

Berlin – Woollen jackets and waterproof or bonded fabrics for performance-related propositions were popular among designers this autumn/winter at urban and streetwear show Bread & Butter.

Brooks Brooks

‘I like to use wool for its performance qualities,’ says PEdALED designer Hideto Suzuki, who says his woollen tweed jackets for cycling can be layered for versatility. They come with or without lapels for versatility to wear outside or a jersey sleeved version for wearing inside. Jeans are lined in jersey and have a soft washed through handle.

‘Comfort and practicality are my driving forces when I plan the collection,’ he says. Suzuki has also designed a weatherproof jacket lined with recycled cycling jersey shirts for his urban cycling commuting customers.

Meanwhile, heritage British leather brand Brooks England has launched the Cult & Legacy Bag Editions, which feature the technical designs of its hardwearing cycle bags.

Performance-based fabrics were also a focus for designer Nigel Cabourn, who launched a women’s collection at the show. ‘I have always known that women wear the smaller sizes of my pieces so it was about time they had a dedicated collection,’ Cabourn tells LS:N Global. ‘My pieces are inspired by vintage activewear – every garment tells a story,’ he says. Highlights are a military-inspired double-breasted coat in melton wool and the arctic explorer jacket in cashmere mixed with bonded wool.

Look out for full coverage of Bread & Butter in LS:N Global’s Shows section next week.