Seems this week is a strong one for UK brands, as it also see’s the release of the incredibly well put together Winter collection from Victate. Stepping increasingly out of the realms of what is considered streetwear, and becoming more of a British menswear brand with every release, Victate present two tees, two crewnecks, two Oxford shirts, a zip hood, and a leather card holder to see us through until the new year.
The two printed tees feature intricate and and complex artwork, and include a re-print of the earlier Certificate design alongside a Wedgewood china inspired 2nd Year Anniversary piece, both illustrated by Matt Withers. Printed on custom 225gsm bodies, quality is head and shoulders above the pack, and this is really just the beginning. The graphic style is continued with a black crewneck sweatshirt, which features a floral take on the Victate logo by artist Fatima Khan. It’s paired with a much more simple heather grey crew, with double front pockets and a small, embroidered Victate logo on the chest. Both crews again are custom made, with unique 4-panel construction, elongated cuffs, and extra length – exactly to the brand’s specifications.
Things really start to get interesting with the Private Stock, most importantly, two super limited Oxford shirts – blue and white. While Victate certainly aren’t the first brand to add the Oxford to their repertoire, it’s not often we see one so well executed. The Oxfords are raglan cut, with a rounded yolk and spread collar, which instantly sets them apart from the traditional option. They’re both packed with details too, like a jetted chest pocket (in contrasting white Oxford fabric on the blue shirt), Victate Logo stitching on the cuff placket, and a printed inner placket below the buttons (in contrasting brown/wood on the white shirt). Each comes in hand printed and assembled packaging, limited to just 15 pieces per style.
The Private Stock is concluded with the croc-like printed Monogram Hood, again raglan cut, with an optional button snap on the hood to bring things together, and finally, the embossed leather Monogram Cardholder completes the collection, limited to 50 hand assembled pieces, with a brass eyelet and clasp.
The length of this review was needed just to take in the effort and detail in this collection, but I’m sure there’s a lot more to be discovered (most of which can be read about on each item’s respective page in the online store). Victate have evolved tremendously over the past year, and with this collection they have really begun to stamp their own identity. The brand’s focus on quality, custom product, and intricate detail is unique amongst their familiars, and it can only serve them well. The full collection is available from Victate now, while stocks last.