The Wardrobe Collection by Atelier Tossijn is a fresh reinterpretation on menswear essentials as seen through the eyes of designer and maker Koen Tossijn.
I want to let people understand that people create things.
Koen Tossijn is not your typical designer. Koen is a creator of visions, with his most recent collection Wardrobe being his answer against seasonal collections. Seeking for a way to bring tranquility into the stressful industry that is fashion, Koen decided to put things into perspective:
“I was looking for a different way that was compatible with my own vision. Focusing on just one product at a time, mastering the art of making and from there on out realizing the Wardrobe collection. My aim is to create a collection of 15 pieces in total, my own take on a man’s wardrobe and the essentials they should contain.”
And thus, curious as to discover what we men need in our wardrobe, Tossijn gives a more detailed explanation on a few necessary essentials:
Tossijn’s vision to create an archetypal jacket suited for universal usage, resulted in this made-to-measure jacket with subtle references to the iconic worker jacket. The jacket clearly shows Tossijn’s preference for minimal design, fraying away from raw details and opting for a clean ton-sur-ton material. Constructed in his own studio, the garment is made using a single thread sewing machine and signature hand-stitching. The fabric used is a 10 oz. yarn dyed black selvage twill made of U.S. cotton and woven by the iconic Kuroki mill in Japan.
Showcasing a perfect blend of timeless elegance and modern-day fabrics, the made-to-measure trousers by Tossijn come in the same ton-sur-ton material as the jacket. With its high waist and double-pleated fit, these trousers hand you the option to wear it either formal with a jacket and shirt or more casual with a sweater and trainers. Constructed in his own studio, the garment is made using a single thread sewing machine and signature hand-stitching. The fabric used is, again, a 10 oz. yarn dyed black selvage twill made of U.S. cotton and woven by the iconic Kuroki mill in Japan.
Perhaps the most iconic and timeless garment ever made, the jean might be the most essential part of every man’s wardrobe. Continuously referring to the functionality of the garment, Tossijn’s take on the jean is clean, minimal and multifunctional. Being available only as made-to-measure, the jeans are constructed by Koen himself using a single thread sewing machine and hand-stitching. Made from 14 oz. selvage U.S. cotton dyed with natural indigo and woven by Kuroki in Japan, the jeans harbors some details you normally only find in trousers:
- Seam binding on inside of the hem;
- Folded seams;
- Diagonally cut waistband (to minimize shrinkage);
- Belt-loops with selvage details;
- No rivets;
- Pocket placement done in a single stitching procedure.
Unlike most designers or brands, Koen Tossijn does not deliver a full collection all at once, he creates one steady stream of everyday essentials. In a cycle of approximately two years, he aims to build his collection with a healthy dose of fun and enjoying the creative process along the way:
“It’s never my intention to design seasonal collections. I want to keep creating something new for a longer period of time. For me it’s important to establish a connection, the quality that goes into the product before and after it’s handled by me.”
Other items to complete the Wardrobe collection will include, amongst others: A sweater, tee, shoes and cap constructed in collaboration with iconic hatters James Lock & Co. from England.
You can discover the timeless work of Koen Tossijn and his Wardrobe collection here.