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KIN FW2010 Words by Fok, Photographs by Dan Chaparian A standout among the new lines at Capsule was KIN, designed by Sydney Mamane, proprietor of his eponymous store, “Sydney’s” (www.shopsydneys.com) in the Queen West district in Toronto. When I went into his store for the first time in 2007, it was by happy mistake. I’d gone to the area specifically to visit nearby Delphic and Klaxon Howl, and was on my way back to my brother’s when I ran across his store. Then, he was selling own brand shirting and a variety of mostly mid-priced brands with a decidedly downtown feel and color scheme – outerwear and shirting from Bblessing and Opening Ceremony figured prominently. I bought a grey Entermodal cardcase from him that I still carry. Fast forward 3 years, and he carries more brands with an artisanal feel at higher prices, including MA+, Julius, Rick Owens, The Viridi-Ann, Nicolo Ceschi Berrini, and Dries van Noten. The KIN line is full collection that will serve as an entry level brand. When I got the KIN flyer prior to setting up our agenda for Capsule, I gave Sydney a ring. He told me that he had been developing the line for a couple of years, and that it was a extension of his well regarded shirting and MTM service, which had been available from his store at least since 2007. Sydney at work. The shirting that started it all. The FW10 collection consists primarily of slim shirting, and suit separates in textured wools with a dry hand. The entire line is sewn in Toronto from Italian and English cloth. A suit jacket was made in 14 ounce Italian hard twill, another in 18 ounce black barathea, with the customer having the option of getting the matching pants. Many of the pieces are minimalist takes on classics. One of my favorites was a pared down duffel coat with a straight silhouette in charcoal grey. The hood and the silhouette made its provenance unmistakeable, but the ubiquitous toggles were nowhere to be found. The palette of the collection is similarly minimal, limited to grey, black, and white. If you took a snapshot of a customer outside his Queen West store, and if it was 3 p.m. on a grey Toronto winter day, and if the customer had the customary pallid Canadian complexion after 3 months of winter, you’d probably be hard pressed to figure out whether the photograph was shot in color at all. One of KIN's signature slim, straight cut sportscoats. A monochromatic palette highlighted the austere collection Monchromatic shirting and suiting Sydney’s background in tailoring is evident in the attention to cut and details – the custom made buffalo horn tack buttons on the button flies of all this trousers, the nod towards western styling in the frog’s mouth pockets on his five pocket, jean style pants, the articulated arms of his jackets, custom brass collar stays. Retail prices for outerwear start at ~$800 USD, and will sit alongside much more expensive brands, makes me wonder if the market in Toronto hasn’t evolved significantly in the past few years. Custom brass collar stays on KIN shirts. Sydney shows me the construction details on a sportscoat. Custom bone shanked buttons on trousers show the attention to the small things. Sizing is small person friendly. At 5’11” and 170 lbs, I’m often a small or small medium in American brands, but I felt like I would hulk out of the medium sized samples, which is probably lucky for Sydney, because I was considering borrowing a piece of two for further inspection throughout the rest of winter.
post #2 of 22
Where are pics of the said dufflecoat? and stockists? looks interesting
post #3 of 22
Kin was great from what I saw. I really liked the jeans with the frog pockets, and selvage line at the hem instead of the outseam. Hopefully someone can post a picture of them. They were quite unique, and the fit looked good as well (forgot his name, but the guy at the booth was wearing a pair.)
post #4 of 22
those jeans sound cool! Since I'm in Toronto I will definitely check them out... I wonder if he has them in stores now.
post #5 of 22
I might have to go check these guys out!
post #6 of 22
I bought a white kin shirt the other day, superb fit, on the slimmer side, beautiful construction from the shoulders to the buttons, and only for around 140. score!
post #7 of 22
Sydney is really an inspiration. So much pride, care and thought go into the design and construction of his garments. Take the time to inspect his peices. there are more subtle and interesting details in each than you can shake a stick at.
post #8 of 22
I really appreciated the attention to detail and quality. Sadly the pieces seemed to lack the killer instinct of some of the minimal, tailor-centric brands carried alongside Kin at Sydney's boutique. The prices are of course much lower, but not cheap.
post #9 of 22
Here's some lookbook type pics I found:

http://www.themalcolm.com/kin/
post #10 of 22
Magician, please explain to me how any clothing has instinct, let alone, killer instinct. What are you talking about man?
post #11 of 22
It's a cheeky term that I used for lack of finding a more precise one. Maybe "Edge" is more appropriate? The sorts of brands that the boutique carries with a similar emphasis on construction and somber pallet still tend to have some sort of "edge" (or my killer instinct.) M.A.+ for example has a very simple pallet and an emphasis on construction and tailoring, but the silhouettes tend to be a little elongated or the fabric goes through some sort of treatment or the piece will have details like silver hardware or the little red cross. These sorts of quirks contain the designer's voice and counterbalance the simplicity and minimalism of the design. Kin has the elegant, simple shapes and interesting construction but lacks the details that give it voice.
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It's a cheeky term that I used for lack of finding a more precise one. Maybe "Edge" is more appropriate?

The sorts of brands that the boutique carries with a similar emphasis on construction and somber pallet still tend to have some sort of "edge" (or my killer instinct.) M.A.+ for example has a very simple pallet and an emphasis on construction and tailoring, but the silhouettes tend to be a little elongated or the fabric goes through some sort of treatment or the piece will have details like silver hardware or the little red cross. These sorts of quirks contain the designer's voice and counterbalance the simplicity and minimalism of the design.

Kin has the elegant, simple shapes and interesting construction but lacks the details that give it voice.

Let's face it, Ed Hardy has the biggest voice. Really though, I disagree. MA+ is exceptional, and what really distinguishes it are the details, not the bullshit red cross, which is simply branding. The innovative closures, the remarkable fabric treatments (whether on a leather or a wool or a rayon piece), and the often raw cutting make it distinctive. I think that the details on Kin are not as in your face, but they are nevertheless distinctive - the custom tack buttons, the frogs mouth pockets, the pieced yokes and arm construction, etc... and the materials are well chosen. I'd say that while KIN is not an MA+, and the collection is both young and small, it compares favorably with any number of the so-called "directional" lines, Julius MA (though that is essentially a basics line), The Viridi-Ann, and lots of brands we don't see much in North America like ato, s'exprimer, Dirain, etc...
post #13 of 22
Nice stuff. cool details and a generally well cut line. Harrods in London are also selling their stuff if im not totally wrong.
post #14 of 22
I have a few shirts. They fit great... I have a few of their more basic shirts (though the fabric is still great) but they have some really great ones that I wish they had in my size. No MoP buttons but they are around $150 CAD and use interesting fabrics.
post #15 of 22
I just picked up one of Sydney's new Japanese selvedge Oxfords today. The fabric is beautiful with an exposed selvedge line on the inside of the placket that peeks up through the collar: He just got them in this morning and has them in a few colours (well, shades of grey...ha) for $150 CAD.
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