September 07 2012 Friday at 12:39 PM

Fall & Winter 2012: The first Duchess Seasonal Inspiration


We are so excited to present to you the first Duchess seasonal inspiration collection. Welcome to Fall & Winter 2012. (And welcome to our new gallery website!)

We teamed up with our favorite photographers and enlisted a couple of stand-out, handsome Portland entrepreneurs as models to bring you our fall and winter collection from the heart of Bull Run Watershed.  Featuring two new custom suits styles (both instant classics, we daresay), the collection also includes ties in bright stripes and professorial tweeds, fine Oxford work shirts, and pieces in classic charcoal, jaunty windowpane and rugged camel herringbone. 



Also—an inspiring small collection of formal ties to dress up any suit for the holidays.



We dragged prominent Portland musician and owner of the Affiche Studio, Mr. Jason Leonard, and sustainable fashion rabble-rouser and owner of PINO Portland, Mr. Crispin Argento, out to the woods at our Lady Seyta’s house to paint our picture of fall from the birthplace of its inspiration. 

These are the perfect fashions for dandy forest spirits and city-inhabitants alike, really. Equally appropriate for charming the wee-folk who live in the mossy glen to wearing to the office, the fall and winter 2012 looks from Duchess are versatile and sophisticated, while maintaining a rugged appeal. 

Our two new suit styles, the High Line and the Bishop are the standouts of the season, presented in natural hues with bold black buttons. Both suits feature unique styling and buttoning details, but are very different in appeal.

The High Line Suit is the look of the understated yet confident renaissance man. Its unique and modern double-breasted vest gives it a nod to the past, while remaining a thoroughly modern look. All put together, the crossover of the vest beneath the multi-buttoned slim lapel remind one of the folds of origami; almost delicate.

Our dapper High Line model, Jason Leonard, is the perfect man to introduce it to the world. Jason contributes widely to the culture of Portland through his music, as well as his small business, and both share the aesthetic delicacies and foundation in a beautiful past that Duchess cherishes and is exemplified in the High Line.

You probably know Jason from playing music with acts such as Loch Lomond, Nick Jaina, Laura Gibson, and Run On Sentence. More on Jason’s music here. But, you might not know that he is also an illustrator, film-maker, animator, and owns a very unique Portland business. 

The Affiche Studio restores and preserves vintage posters ranging from film and travel posters to historical memorabilia and vintage advertising. Jason and his crew mount posters on an archival support, and carefully restore the often very damaged posters to their original beauty. Like Duchess, the Affiche Studio is into preserving some of the beauty of the past by re-presenting it as new to the present. We hope you check them out! We especially like perusing their Before & After section.

On the more rugged side of our fall collection, we’ve got The Bishop. Completely unpadded in the shoulder, full of Western details like pointed flap pockets, topstitched seams, and back yokes, The Bishop is a suit for a pioneer; an innovator. In a greenish camel herringbone Harris tweed with rows of black buttons, this Bishop is a real standout. 

Crispin Argento, our natural choice to model The Bishop, founded and owns locally-produced, handmade men’s accessory label, PINO Portland. Through PINO and spearheading events in the fashion community, Crispin is taking on the mission of uniting Portland’s fashion scene and gathering resources to help it succeed and grow—Together. Last week, Crispin and PINO hosted an evening lecture and dinner with Elizabeth Cline, author of sustainable fashion exploration breakthrough book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.

Named after his grandfather and Italian word for pine tree, Crispin started PINO “as an experiment to better understand the challenges of designing and producing high quality designs, building a brand, and surviving in Portland as a designer. I hope to continue to grow the brand and offer the needed business resources and sales/production channels to advance emerging designers nationally and grow the Portland fashion industry,” he boldly declares. We like that kind of pioneering spirit! We also like PINO’s wonderful handmade pocket rounds and vibrant  raw silk bow ties!

We hope you enjoy our Fall & Winter 2012 Inspiration as we much as we have. It was a blast to design and capture. Special thanks to our favorite photographers Carlin & Jonah of Studio Sundell, who we re-teamed up with for the shoot and hope to never part from again. (Wait until you see our next project in a few weeks....)