New York City radiates an energy that’s infectious, bringing together an assemblage of creative personalities and styles. To encapsulate this constant movement and exuberant spirit, Theory and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver teamed up to create Theory Project, a special collection that reflects the brand’s hometown. Now in its second season, Theory Project’s Spring 2023 range of women and men’s wear displays fluid fabrics, utilitarian details, and upbeat custom prints, mirroring the agile, on-the-go sensibility of a true New Yorker.
Ossendrijver’s fine-tuned tailoring is translated into the entire collection, conveyed through functional pieces for everyday wear. The Spring 2023 capsule also debuted an exclusive sneaker, which is finished with durable rubber soles — created with urban exploration in mind. Imbuing traditional, streamlined tailoring processes with a sense of whimsy, the collection is the perfect fit for a variety of lifestyles.
Hypebeast has curated a list of some of the best offerings from Theory Project’s Spring 2023 collection below.
Backed Nylon Jacket
This lightweight jacket blends practicality and minimalism through a simple silhouette equipped with branded velcro cuffs, a two way zip closure, a drawstring hood for those colder days, and a slew of pockets. Made out of a cotton and nylon blend, the jacket is elevated by a polyester tech backing produced in a Japanese mill. Made for those on the go, this is the ideal outer layer to be paired with Theory’s Wool Gabardine Pants and a pair of classic shoes, such as a loafer or white sneaker.
Wool Gabardine Blazer
Blazers have become a mainstream staple piece, finishing off any outfit with a touch of sophistication. Whether paired with a dependable pair of vintage jeans or tailored trousers, the Wool Gabardine Blazer is an homage to traditional styles of the past. This blazer is cut from a stretch wool gabardine with a subtle twill weave developed in partnership with one of the leading wool suiting mills in Biella, Italy. It shows off a notched lapel style with single button closure, a contrast stitched chest pocket, waist pockets, and a partial lining.
Feather Nylon Jacket
Workwear styles are increasingly popular within street style, as the fashion scene has witnessed a resurgence of cargo-style pants and raw denim cuts. Ossendrijver’s relaxed Japanese Nylon Jacket is accented by a pointed collar, a drawstring hem, and convenient side zip pockets. The versatile jacket comes in three colorways — Black, Ruby red, and Sepia brown — and can be worn as a top layer or paired with a heavier outerwear selection for a dynamic layered look.
Crafted with care in Portugal, these exclusive sneakers are cut from quality materials for an organic feel. The Theory Project sneaker is available in a range of colors to match different looks — Plaster, Cognac, Lilac, and Black — and its dynamic silhouette reflects the movement and fluidity that is conjured in the rest of the collection. A reflective material frames panels of leather and suede, providing a distinct contrast, while a customer sole and terry cotton-trimmed lining finish off the design.
Feather Check Camp Shirt
The Feather Check shirt is a play on the casual “camp” shirt, perfect for warmer days spent outside. The patterned top is cut from a breezy blend of silk and viscose rayon with an eye-catching custom print. The button-up shirt displays front buttons and a straight hem with slits along the side.
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