Thursday, 13 May 2010

coming soon, an exclusive interview with...

something very exciting is happening on the blog: i conducted an interview with barnabe hardy, the former menswear designer at balenciaga. barnabe left the house in 2007 to pursue other interests, including launching his own collection from fall winter 2009. it was an amazing opportunity for me to find out more about his career history, his working relationship with nicolas ghesquiere at balenciaga, his upcoming collection and future plans.

to find out who barnabe was referring to, please come back tomorrow where the entire interview will be published.

it wasn't my intention to turn this into a webzine or start an interview series for the blog. being a massive fan of balenciaga menswear right from the beginning, i was beyond ecstatic to find out that the former designer at the helm has set up his own label. a dialogue was then started with studiohomme, quite possible the only online retailer which stocks barnabe's collection.

was also a new discovery for me. based in paris, the online menswear store represented a roster of designers whose products are hard to find elsewhere online: adam kimmel, common projects, pierre hardy, and of course barnabe hardy. through them, i got through to barnabe, and that marked a very exciting beginning for me. i've probably used the word "excited" too many times. it's quite an indescribable feeling, to be having a dialogue with someone who was responsible for some of my favourite wardrobe pieces.

i don't really have any confirmation. i don't know if this is apt, but here are a few of my favourite balenciaga pieces from a few years back. a homage to barnabe, who could or might have been responsible.

peacoat from fall winter 2007

aviator jacket from spring 2008

black cotton coat from spring 2007

navy wool sailor sweater circa 2007/2008

cashmere v neck sweater from fall 2007

in somewhat slimmer times, contrast cuff shirt from fall 2007

patchwork wool sweater from spring 2008, which bears a resemblance to his patchwork sweaters from his upcoming fall 2010 collection.

long navy wool peacoat with black crested buttons from fall 2007

i hope you will enjoy the interview tomorrow.



  1. Can't wait to read the interview! These are exciting times for you Joe.

  2. BAM! looking forward to read it!

  3. the peacoat at the top is fantastic! Wow I need that piece in my collection! I stumbled across this blog by accident a few weeks back and its refreshing! Im in the US and where I live.. while youd think men would be more fashion forward unfortunately only few are! I could use you as a friend here ha! Congratulations on the progression of your blog, youve obviously earned it, I can tell my the work you put into this blog

  4. who is the model in the first picture??

  5. pana/tray: thanks, hope u guys will enjoy the interview.

    anon: i have no idea, sorry!


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