Being different is probably the easiest thing in the world in theory. Being yourself, as difficult as it’s made out to be, is really the most efficient way to accomplish that. Often, being different and being true to self is the way that people and things become memorable and long-lasting in essence, sometimes even legendary. In fashion, it’s even more pronounced if you’re different, authentic, and memorable — and it’s a space where becoming legendary is often a career goal of those who make the clothes.
Los Angeles-based clothier Pink+Dolphin has a motto — “Legends At Our Craft.” Even though Pink+Dolphin has been established as recently as 2008, it’s become a brand that’s all about establishing itself for being different from the norm, abstract in its design, and ultimately, memorable, because of the elements Pink Dolphin uses to craft its clothing.
Pink+Dolphin has debuted and subtly transitioned focus to its Holiday 2013 Collection , which now is primed to favor outerwear for colder climates with more denim, Engineered Sweatpants, and crewneck fleeces — a non-traditional move for the company. Pink+Dolphin has largely catered to the temperate environment that mirrors Southern California living, and in an attempt to broaden its base, the new collection is giving the market a fresh look at what else Pink+Dolphin has to offer.
The label is advancing in this breezier direction while building off of and having made available some of the more interesting fashion pieces available from its past collections — visible in greater detail here — namely a confederation of tank tops, fleece crewneck tops, and backpacks which speak to the unusual aesthetic of the brand, which you’ll get learn about soon.
Pink+Dolphin has a number of distinguished prints that have gained notoriety in their recent past and present, most noticeable in their tanks, in their various Camo, All Over Block, and Bolt prints which vary from their Woodland, Ocean, Multi applications. Ranging from subtler color combinations to those that are visibly more loud and maybe somewhat gender-bending in hues, the tanks are impressive. There’s get great color saturation in the material (which is 100% cotton), which creates a warm color presentation and gives a premium feel.
Some of the aforementioned crewnecks that have been featured by the label are the “P” Logo and Game Over Crewneck tops, which feature the Pink+Dolphin-style P and a faux-digitized whale with a “GAME OVER” script, reminiscent of something from a 1980s arcade game. Both are different and neither are anything you’d find from another vendor or fashion house, which lends to wearing something that isn’t a general find. They’re both fine-looking tops, if you’re into purple and/or retro video game homages, but more important are their feel, and they feel really good. Soft and feel luxurious with their finely-combed fleece, they’re fitted and not bulky, and they hold warmth well without creating extra upper-body volume. Part of their appeal away from how they feel is that even with their logo designs, the presentations are straight-forward and keep visual abstraction to a minimum. Really, the crewnecks are easily as casual as they are fashion-forward and easy wears.
As for Pink+Dolphin’s backpacks, they are the model of purpose and pomp coming together, especially catching a glance at the Woodland Camo and Ocean Camo Backpacks, both of which match prints featured on their tank tops. Altogether, the backpacks are lush – they are accented with leather trim and gold plates and accents, but keep a touch of utilitarianism with their canvas knapsack body. They have a premium look and feel, even with their decidedly unconventional prints. Both the Woodland Camo and Ocean Camo version display impressive touches of craftsmanship (and thoughtfulness, being able to hold a 15-inch laptop inside) – they’re unisex and easily passable wears for men and women.
All in all, Pink+Dolphin is a brand that’s about looking different and doing that on purpose. That essentially means that their clothing isn’t going to be for everyone, but for people who aren’t afraid to mix a little of randomness and purposeful chaos into their usual wardrobe, it’s a good look — and it’s an even better look for people who make what seems to look arbitrary their norm.