Universal Works SS14 Collection: Blue-Collar Vacation

July 15, 2013 BY OBI ANYANWU


Universal Works was born in 2008 in London from the mind of David Keyte. Keyte spent 14 years of his career working with British tailoring giant, Paul Smith, before exploring streetwear for 5 years with Maharishi, in which both experiences helped shape his brand, Universal Works. The brand mixes elements of both styles, resulting in an honest collection of clothing that compliments the wearer, is affordable and made with care, and is trend-less though it still remains modern.

Universal Works embarks on their annual holiday trip for Spring/Summer 2014. Keyte draws inspiration from a time in the 50s and 60s when travel options were much cheaper in England, giving the hard-working, blue-collar gent an opportunity to enjoy time off from work for the first time. The collection is an everyday wardrobe that mixes the casual daytime workwear attire and suits tailor-made for evening dates with modern fabrics, textures, and prints that were found at local shops. Pops of pale colors mesh with the predominately navy wardrobe that consists of lightweight cotton twill fabrics, cotton and nylon blends, summer knits, and washed blazers that are a nod to casual Italian suiting.

A few notable prints from the collection are the brand's hand printed florals, boxy short-sleeved shirts in bright tropical prints, and an overdyed and printed Hakoba fabric, all of which look great when paired with their new tennis-shoe inspired sneakers. Lastly, Keyte collaborated with designer, John Smedley, for a series of knits in Smedley's Sea Island Cotton. This collection will keep you looking stylish from home, to the airport, to the hotel, and back.

Universal Works will show at Capsule New York next week on July 22nd and 23rd.

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