Garde yourself with Leather

Garde yourself with Leather

Despite my lack of driving license and my fear of injuring myself and others if I did ever drive (seriously, I’d be a road hazard!), I did really really want a scooter.  This was pre-Jamie Oliver years when he was scooting about on his Vespa in front of a super-8 camera I might add.  I just never thought that the Vespa would inspire inspire a clothing line.  Ga-arde are a New York-based fashion collective (so many new labels launching this season over there…I WILL get myself over there next season for a full on label seeking onslaught…) that launched last season.  There are no names mentioned because they are a like-minded group of people and the focus is on the clothes, as it should be.  Each season they will introduce a new product category and fabrication and to concentrate on sourcing the right materials as well as reviving traditional artisanal production practises.  This is then juxtaposed with a progressive way of design. 

From last season’s leather, this has evolved for S/S 09 to these "leather shells" that are inspired by vintage Vespas.  Less chunky than motorcycle wear, more fitted and therefore taking leather from that bulky familiar form.  They have also gone with the idea of the jackets as protective shells so have combined them with softy soft neutral coloured knits.  I’m already feeling cosy just thinking about the idea of snuggling into a soft knit long sleeved tee and then shrugging on a soft buttery leather jacket. 







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  1. KD

    2008-10-14 at 11:14 PM

    Lovely, lovely leather! That shade of green is spot on.

  2. WendyB

    2008-10-14 at 11:35 PM

    That green is gorgeous.

  3. Brigadeiro

    2008-10-14 at 11:57 PM

    Ooh! Love the maleable look of the gorgeous leather on those jackets (and their cuts/style)!
    I replied to your comment on my blog, but you most likely won’t see it there, but I’m SO jealous you got to interview Tom Binns, where will the interview be posted/printed?
    And completely OT, the cream Marni wedges, do you find them hard to walk in? I feel a bit wobbly in mine, and wonder if it’s just because they’re a bit big, and should get the elastic taken in…

  4. Becky

    2008-10-15 at 12:30 AM

    Lovely lovely stuff. I particularly like the hooks on the green jacket. Its vibrancy would also lessen the likelihood of road accidents, so it’s win-win.

  5. enc

    2008-10-15 at 12:33 AM

    I have no superlatives for this.
    I would throw it all away for that apple green.

  6. Shen-Shen

    2008-10-15 at 2:00 AM

    I adore leather, probably because I crave badass.

  7. KD

    2008-10-15 at 3:03 AM

    Sorry to ask this for like the millionth time, but how much was that super duper amazing Toga leather gray patent jacket that you featured a while back and I have featured on my blog twice? You know what I’m talking about, right? I have absolutely no hope of securing it whatsoever but I was just curious Thanks! 🙂

  8. Rosaline

    2008-10-15 at 3:54 AM

    That first jacket is exquisite. Though I’d gladly take any of the pieces.

  9. jess

    2008-10-15 at 6:53 AM

    these are so amazing. i love…

  10. Brigadeiro

    2008-10-15 at 7:20 AM

    PS. The pictures wouldn’t load at work (I saw the pics from the actual website), now that I’m home and I can see these pics….WOW! I am in love with all the leather jackets featured in your post! Especially the green one, what a wonderful pop of colour!

  11. Sister Wolf

    2008-10-15 at 7:28 AM

    YES YES. Bring on the leather!!!

  12. Lady Melbourne

    2008-10-15 at 8:13 AM

    Mmmm, Susie you have tempted us yet again! I love the first one, it looks like you’d be wrapped up in cotton wool only sleeker…..

  13. Sunny

    2008-10-15 at 8:57 AM


  14. coco

    2008-10-15 at 9:44 AM

    omg! the first jacket is awesome! love it!

  15. Prêt à Porter P

    2008-10-15 at 10:18 AM

    wow very cool

  16. winnie

    2008-10-15 at 10:47 AM

    I love that last one…I can’t drive either!

  17. lady coveted

    2008-10-15 at 1:14 PM

    wow, these are incredible!

  18. Meg

    2008-10-15 at 1:44 PM

    The acid green jacket is sublime, it’s so incredibly…toxic. I’m in love with it.

  19. Kirafashion

    2008-10-15 at 1:57 PM

    I love scooters! There is a while that I am making plans to buy one for me, my fav. are the suzuki ones. About cars, I drive them pretty well, but in fact i hate to drive cars. I really prefer to get into cars and appreciate the view…so much better than to pay attention to the traffic…
    a kiss susie 🙂

  20. mybeaumonde

    2008-10-15 at 2:17 PM

    glad to know i’m not the only one who is not the driving type! i’m 24 now but i am so amazed when 16 year olds can drive cars… it’s so grown up! also like to mention that any time is a good time for leather!

  21. Meg

    2008-10-15 at 10:19 PM

    I also can’t see the pics….is it a firefox thing?

  22. Copycat Sasha

    2008-10-16 at 12:34 AM

    I’m completely obsessed with vespas, and the fact that there is a clothing line based on them makes me a little crazy

  23. susie_bubble

    2008-10-16 at 5:29 PM

    I’m having trouble viewing the pics on my mac but it’s fine on my PC…will amend!

  24. Becca

    2008-10-18 at 3:26 AM

    I love those jackets! AMAZING.

  25. Nike Air Force One

    2009-04-10 at 9:46 AM

    These outfits looks stunning on these girls.

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