The thing I love the most about the simple white shirt is how easily it can take on more personalities than the most fragmented of selves. But Nendo‘s two shirt collections have pieces that are special in how they can wear themselves without the use of much, if not the shirt itself.
The men’s ‘Fuse’ collection includes five different designs, described by Nendo Studio as ‘a men’s shirt collection born from the concept of gently fusing things found around shirts into the shirt itself’, like the tie above being integrated into the final design. At plain sight, it looks like a separate tie of the same color + fabric, yet, it’s attached to the shirt. I usually hate things that come with attachments, like a patch of fabric attached to the deep plunge of a sweater, making it look like a peeking camisole, but in this case, I totally approve.
Nendo told dezeen,’Things ‘fused’ include accessories like neckties + sweaters worn with shirts, as well as products often found close to shirts such as glasses + pens (above, pic 1). We made an effort to include details that would seem ordinary at first glance, but bring surprise when viewed more closely,’ + who doesn’t love stylish surprises?
Then the blank canvas of the shirt is altered with motifs taken from stationery pattern markings. You have stripes that align with a ruler + then you have a checkered pattern mimicking graphic paper.
For the women’s collection, the cuff links below are used to assemble the shirt. Influenced by the accessories typically used to fasten the cuffs of men’s dress shirts was then reiterated as the idea for the plackets, where you get a 3D effect of sorts.
The ‘Cufflinks’ series includes four designs, with the first using colorful fastenings at the top of a simple shirt. A wavy placket formed by offsetting the cufflinks creates a detail on another shirt as seen below.
The second, the bottom of a long shirt doubles back like a dress shirt cuff + joined at the side in a similar fashion.The final design has a turtle-neck collar designed to look like a cuff, with the fastening to one side + more buttons along the yoke. This collar reminds me of a pete pan collar that shifted throughout the day, to just chill on your shoulder.
Nendo Studio told dezeen that ‘a variety of buttons in different colors were used so that wearers can change the ‘cufflinks’ colors according to their mood – bringing one of the traditional pleasures of wearing cufflinks to these shirts, too.’