TSPTR A/W'15 focuses on American Counter Culture in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart Of Darkness’ novel, published in 1899, was a complex exploration of the beliefs people held on what constitutes a barbarian world versus a civilized society and the stance on colonialism and racism that was part of European Imperialism.
The phrase ‘Heart of Darkness’ went on to be applied to a number of events and shifts in the World balance, not least retrospectively to the Native American genocide at Wounded Knee, the explosive racial tension in the American South during the 1960s and of course the Vietnam War, with Coppola’s Apocalypse Now being a modern day translation of Conrads masterpiece.The phrase became synomous with describing a low ebb or windchange in human history.
1960’s West Coast Counter Culture arose as a reaction to these ongoing Imperialist attitudes, in deft opposition to society and the US government, young people chose to drop out and experiment with a new free lifestyle that involved spiritualism, revolution, drugs and advocating human rights.
This TSPTR collection draws from the style and attitude of this counter-culture, combining period authenticity with contemporary design in garments that are made in the UK, Japan, the USA and Europe.
Indigo dyed cotton forms a key theme that runs through the collection alongside Schulz’s iconic Peanuts characters and Americana stalwart Popeye the Sailorman, forming a melting pot of references all of which are blended into one singular aesthetic and message - fight the power.