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Idiel showroom: Beyond Closet, G.I.L. Men, and T.I. for Men

By Fok, photos by Dan Chaparian.




Every year, some new or newish showroom seems to be relegated to the third floor, right-hand side of the Angel Orensanz center. I think this is the rookie spot for Capsule. Last year, it was occupied by Vanishing Elephant, Creep by Hiroshi Kurosawa, and other lines represented by the Atlas Showroom. They’ve since moved on to more central locations. This year, the space belonged to the new Idiel showroom, which represents a handful of Korean lines. It’s the FUBU of Korean men’s contemporary. And it has a lot of promise to fill out that niche of fashion forward lines for slim gents at reasonable prices, somewhere between avant lines and fast fashion.


Idiel showroom rolls out its lineup


in anticipation

I really like to see new lines, and the lookbook for “Beyond closet” intrigued me, so Dan and I took a look after chatting with the accessories people that also always seem to be in the mezzanine of the third floor. To my surprise (though I probably should not have been surprised), the entire floor was taken up by brands represented by Idiel.

The Beyond Closet main line was strong in slim outerwear with a 70s feel--there were overcoats and faux-fur collared trenches in wool cashmere blends, and the trendy cropped peacoat with a contrasting, oversized collar, all priced to retail between $500-$800. Slim fit, checked shirts priced to retail under $150 rounded out the collection.


A retro feel to shirting and knits

A very affordable diffusion line featured more subdued, mostly double-breasted outerwear retailing between $250 and $500, and notably, sweats based on “Dogs Playing Poker.”


Dogs playing poker?

The G.I.L. Homme line, priced similarly to the Beyond Closet main line, featured mostly black (there were some olive and brown pieces) outerwear with asymmetrical closures and prominent zippers, as well as totes, slouchy knits, and army style sneakers. Goth-ninja for the budget conscious. Natan, our token disaffected ninja, tried on a bunch of jackets. Endovanera, watch your back.


G.I.L. Homme boots


and bags


for guys like this

More to my liking was the T.I. for Men line, which featured slim, classic outerwear--there was a military styled washed leather jacket in dark green lamb, a classic olive peacoat, and a belted trench as well as contrast collared shirts, bowties, and slim wool trousers (neither of which I will wear).


Hands down, chin up. Championship form.

I often hear people complain about the lack of slim, affordable lines often found in Japan and Korea. If these people actually buy clothes, Idiel has a home in the USA.