Your comparisons are very interesting.
I respect the fact that you were at least honest enough to admit that in your research you saw more of my work that gave you a broader perspective of what I do. As i said before, the siamese belt is nothing more that a fusion of two of out classic slim belt. If you were to cut the belt apart down the length of the belt, you would end up with two individual belts.
Patchwork jeans have been around forever, so I don't think anyone can claim ownership of, or accuse anyone of copying that that. Our Zero Jeans was created as a series of garments along with the Zero Jacket as a study in Zero waste. I have never seen the one you presented before though. I know Number Nine did one several seasons ago, but I don't know by which designer the one you are showing was made
Also never seen the jacket you presented before, nor do I know which designer its from. That pocket / dart configuration is a classic detail, used more so in women wear than mens, been around for ages. I would like if you could take a look at the entire Jacket which that pocket is a part of, rather than just the pocket detail itself.
The Jeans comparison is interesting. and i say this because they Jeans is a development on our classic Soft J pants that are made with three panels on the leg instead of the traditional two, and has been one of the oldest pants offerings from our studio, existing before the release of the CCP dead end jeans. It would have been impossible for any designer to copy something that was made AFTER the item that is accused of being a copy.
Originally Posted by brad-t
It's a bit hard to suddenly provide examples since I obviously don't keep an extensive archive of your work + other similar works, but I've managed to assemble a few. Keep in mind that I never stated that any of your works are direct knock-offs, just that key concepts of your brand seemed heavily inspired from others and that I couldn't feel the uniqueness of Zam Barrett, I guess. I don't think you necessarily need to feel bad about this or care about my opinion ... just, it is what it is.
(Zam first, other brand second)
(Plus, the aforementioned Devoa coat, and other things which are very common amongst many brands in your niche like heavily curved tapered pants)
However, I'll confess that while looking for examples to fit my thesis, I also found a lot of interesting pieces by you which I couldn't think of any analog to, and that I would be interested in seeing/trying. I guess it's just that for me, the "vision" your brand represents never stood out to me, and I overwhelmingly remembered the negative things I had felt as people are often wont to do. So if your goal here was to put naysayers in their place, well, mission accomplished I guess – I do feel kind of foolish.
However, when you say, and I quote: "I borrow nothing from no one."
That is a heavy burden to put onto yourself, and one that I don't think is necessary.
Originally Posted by futuresailors
Zam, you have the civility of a saint.
Equating Zam's use of overlock stitching to ripping off CCP would be like saying (to StyleForum-ize it) "Petar Petrov uses straight stitching, he's ripping off Ervell!"
It's a construction technique that just happens to be favored in that particular niche.
Simply because that aesthetic has some distinct design elements doesn't mean that they can be ascribed to solely the "original" designers and everyone else is just simulacra. We don't get all in a tizzy when innumerable companies make pleated pants or peak lapel blazers and write all but one off as copies.
The weightless stuff sounds interesting, though I'm curious as to why you didn't produce pants.
there isn't any specific reasoning as to why pants were not produced in the weightless series of garments. Its simply that as a small company we do make a lot of products, and every season we have to decide what is produced and what isn't. right now this season we made a lot of items that were not carried in stores or listed on our web store site, simply because there is already too many items. Our Collections are usually big, even though not all of it is shown, so its a matter of editing it down and deciding what is produced and isn't.