Universal Works introduces Collection 29 AW23, ‘Far From Memphis’.
This time around we’ve found inspiration in the world of Jim Jarmusch films and the iconic British band, The Clash. The amalgamation of these diverging influences results in a cohesive whole—a fusion of sartorial flair, sportswear, military details, and vintage Americana.
For AW23, texture, pattern, and silhouette collide to daring effect. You’ll find deep-pile fleece jackets in bold camo and floral motifs, while utilitarian workwear jackets are cut from dusty pink herringbone wool. Thick, heritage- inspired checked flannels meet military-style quilted liners for an undeniably tactile appeal.
We’ve kept the cuts relaxed and roomy and casual tailoring comfortably blends with utilitarian elements, bridging the gap between tailored pieces and loungewear. You're left (we hope) with a sense of everything that shouldn't work, working in unity, and somehow harmoniously sewn together with peace, love, and soul.
Universal Works AW23, Collection 29. ‘Far From Memphis’
Hotel Deluxe Winter '23: Act II
Twice a year, we take you on a journey to the finest hotel you've never visited. This season, it's a place where intriguing characters play their roles in an imaginary film, from the unassuming bellhop to the resident countess. Building upon the cinematic atmosphere introduced earlier in the season, the mood for the next instalment of Autumn/Winter '23 draws inspiration from a blend of cinematic greats; think Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, and Spike Lee.This time, we've chosen Morocco as our backdrop, with Hotel Deluxe taking centre stage as a Riad, and the clothing subtly references the rich palette of colours, textures, and patterns synonymous with this region. Geometric patterns are placed over subtle checks, with a special chunky fleece in a gold and brown two-tone pattern overlaid with block-printed paisley, reminiscent of the beautiful rugs you might find in the souks of Marrakech. Elsewhere in the collection, the geometric theme persists, incorporating a blend of mixed ceramic-inspired patterns in a subtle two-toned patchwork of kapok cotton. All of this coexists harmoniously with hand-flocked devoré printed technical fabrics, blanket-striped flannels, overdyed cords and more, creating a truly eclectic mix of ideas.As the film unfolds, and the narrative becomes clearer, we are transported to a future world where things are getting better, to a time when we all embrace PEACE, lead our lives with LOVE, and approach everything with our hearts and SOUL; a vision of hope and positivity.