Local denim guru Mauro Farinelli — formerly of The Denim Bar — opened his self-titled boutique Farinelli’s mere months ago in Arlington, Va. (with a brand-new sister store in Reston), and already is launching the first of his collaborations with Iowa-based e-clothier Michael J. Krell. Krell — known for experimenting with breathable, comfortable fabrics like bamboo, as well as an eclectic collection of outerwear ranging from tartan-lined hoodies to coats made from deadstock Burberry fabric — certainly didn’t slump when it came to the details on this first project.
The duo sought to create a piece suitable for all-around wear in the variable D.C.-area climate, so the fabrication is 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, with buttons made from horn, assuring comfort and style in a plethora of conditions. The hood is slightly-oversized and the sleeves can be worn long with the thumbs through (for a more femme look) or fastened back for a classier vibe. Definitely a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” piece, many sizes have already sold out.
Photos courtesy of Michael J. Krell via StyleForum
_by Jian DeLeon