Bourbon Summer Cartoon Crisis’s motto of “finding meaning and beauty amidst the chaos that surrounds us” is fully embodied by their second season of sustainable apparel and accessories titled the parades.
Like a smoothie composed of progressive clothing standards with just the right amount of elegance, Crisis cohesively brings together everything that a conscious luxury brand should be. Despite the name, you’d be hard-pressed to find any kind of calamity from the New York-based luxury brand’s upcoming collection.
Despite the arousing name, the self-described “post-apocalyptic” brand produces some of the most meticulously artisanal crafted garments that borrow from silhouettes that have stayed in style for the better part of modern history. Think of how an environmentally conscious James Bond would dress if he were concerned with loud self-expression through his clothing. It’s through the classic elements of Tencel silk-made blazers and skirts that they are able to create space to use their fashion platform to set themselves worlds away from the pack. Crisis clothing carries loud and chaotic prints that scream individualism because timeless clothing should never be safe from a bit of tinkering. If that wasn’t enough to communicate the uniqueness and post-modern aspects of the luxury brand, sustainability and responsible environmental practices are upheld to the highest degree with anything they make. Their New York production facilities meet or exceed both US and Japanese waste regulation standards. Aspects like sustainably sourced Tencel silk used for fabric, and OEKO-TEX fabric printers that re-filter and recycle water runoff allow the brand to take steps closer to their goal to produce negative carbon products.
The second season of clothing from Crisis presents the perfect uniform for the environmentally conscious 21st-century red carpet. Staple luxury garments such as skirts and button-up shirts are offered in a wide range of womenswear and menswear that are all size-inclusive. The talking point of The Parades collection is the all-over 3D artwork created by the founder Samuel Clarke. A chaotic melange of fluorescent colours is contained within a square frame, and repeated throughout the entire length and width of the respective garment. It’s chaotic and unavoidable and compliments the staple silhouettes of the collection in the best possible way. A blazer and dress pant combination is offered in classic colours such as navy blue and pastel pink colourway, with the digital artwork concealed on the lining of the jacket. A more eccentric outfit is offered with a full zip-up ensemble with the cartoonish print displayed boldly on the exterior. Some more lowkey, if you dare to imply that Crisis is anything but eccentric, pieces are also presented such as a jogger and bomber jacket that carries the artwork all over suitable for more casual wear. Aside from apparel, a handful of different accessories are presented in a pearl white colour all fabricated from recycled plastic. A horned devil bust necklace, cufflinks, and coronavirus masks further extend the no holds barred slogan of the luxury brand.
Body inclusivity? Sustainability? Eccentric style? There’s nothing that the parades collection from Crisis didn’t think of. Chalk it up to the consumer-conscious era of shopping that currently exists before us, or simply the beautifully executed artistic vision of Crisis founder Samuel Clarke, but the conditions are perfect for a unique entity such as Crisis to flourish. A luxury brand cherishing the responsibility that the clothing industry holds without ever compromising the chance to stand out and be different.
Look out for parades’ New Year release!