BELSTAFF X SOPHNET is here and you’ll want to see it
Introducing a limited edition capsule collection with cult Japanese streetwear brand SOPHNET.
With a long history rooted in motorsports heritage, England’s Belstaff has been running on adrenaline since 1924. This season, the men's collections explores a new sense of rugged elegance thanks to a to-cool collaboration with SOPHNET., the popular Japanese streetwear brand.
For the collab, Hirofumi Kiyonga of SOPHNET. researched the label’s rich archives to find the key pieces to rework and reintroduce. The result is a mix of traditional silhouettes updated with modern, urban aesthetic.
“Together we have worked on a capsule collection of street-inspired iconic Belstaff outerwear styles, to which Kiyonaga - with great respect for the codes of the brand - has brought a modern and urban functionality,” says Gavin Haig, Belstaff CEO says of the launch. “The collection is an exclusive and limited series aimed at the global city adventurer which we anticipate will not be available for very long."
Belstaff’s iconic four-pocket 6oz waxed cotton Roadmaster jacket is given a new look with camo detailing. The grey camo print used throughout the collection is a British woodland camouflage and takes inspiration from the extensive Belstaff archive. The Roadmaster has the signature Sophnet cardholder pocket detail on the sleeve and camo print on the inner arm, elbow and lining. The piece still retains the water resistant and windproof properties of Belstaff’s traditional wax cotton but with a modern twist for the urban adventurer.
The black Westbury Parka, inspired by the Belstaff Foul Weather Parka MK3, is a jacket design first created in the 1970s for the Royal Navy. The padded hood gave insulation and noise protection in bad weather conditions on deck. These design elements have been kept, but the material modernised by using water resistant solid nylon. The lightweight fabric is easy to wear and carry for urban dwellers but the fabric properties mean it can be worn in active environments.
The sweats are classic styles from Sophnet with the capsule logos printed in bold.
“I believe the collection showcases the Belstaff philosophy combined with Japanese street culture. I hope the collection appeals to the loyal fans of both brands but also to a new audience,” says SOPHNET designer and Belstaff fan Hirofumi Kiyonga . We certainly think it will.
The capsule is now available online and at select Harry Rosen stores.